"One of the Nation's Preeminent Cannabis Attorneys" --High Times
"Among the Top Criminal Defense Lawyers in the City" --Brooklyn Law School Connect
The Law Offices of Joseph A. Bondy is a cannabis law, cannabis licensing, and criminal defense law firm, located in New York City. Mr. Bondy represents numerous individuals and corporations in the adult-use cannabis and hemp industry, and defends clients in complex criminal cases, in both the federal and state courts. Mr. Bondy is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, the District of Connecticut, the United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Our Office has tried multiple federal and state cases to verdict, represented countless legacy cannabis operators, advocated for change in federal, state, and local cannabis laws, lectured nationally and internationally on cannabis and criminal law, and won a number of licensing applications for our clients.
Our Office provides clients with the highest level of cannabis licensing, cannabis business, and criminal defense counsel. We create strategic plans that best further clients' interests, from marijuana licensing for cultivation, dispensary, delivery or cannabinoid processing, to the defense of complex federal or state criminal cases.
Named one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys and one of the Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyers by the American College of Trial Lawyers, Joseph Bondy is an internationally-recognized expert in criminal litigation.
With over 28 years of superlative trial and federal sentencing experience, Bondy has advised thousands of clients in complex criminal defense, cannabis business and advocacy, and crisis management matters. The New York Times has described him as “eloquent and armed with the serene demeanor of a surgeon,” saying that “his oratorical intensity hovers at the evangelical.” High Times dubbed Bondy “one of the nation’s preeminent cannabis attorneys,” and his outstanding talent for defense strategy has been hailed by such outlets as CNN, Politico, and the New York Law Journal, as well as legal analysts from around the world.
Bondy’s unique approach to criminal defense and public media strategies were particularly praised on a global level while he represented Lev Parnas, a Guiliani associate connected to the Ukraine scandal leading to Donald Trump’s first impeachment. Bondy and Parnas’s interview on The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) was its highest audience-drawing episode of all time, earning an Emmy nomination; and a subsequent feature on Anderson Cooper 360 was one of that program’s most-viewed episodes of the year. Bondy serves on the Board of Directors for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and is a Vice President and Board Member of the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA). A graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School, Bondy was a key member of a team of attorneys on the seminal case Washington v Barr (2019), originally Washington v Sessions (2017), an action brought against the Department of Justice with the aim to legalize cannabis federally. He is the founder of In the Know 420, a well-known early radio talk show and live-stream on cannabis law, policy, and industry. Bondy is also a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves on the faculty of Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP).
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