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Richard Bruce Rosenthal, Esq. - Columbia College 1975, Brooklyn Law 1978, Admitted NYS, EDNY, SDNY, NDNY, CDIL, NDOH, WDWI, DCO, NDIN & DCT General Litigation Practice with a concentration in Animal Rights. Criminal Defense, Matrimonial and Family Law and Consumer Advocacy 1979 - present.




After 30 years of practice I found my calling and rediscovered my passion for the law in 2009 when confronted with the imminent execution of a Greyhound named Lexus for doing what she had been bred for thousands of years to do. After saving her life, we started receiving calls from greyhound rescue groups all over the country asking for my advice and assistance on similar matters. Recognizing the need for this type of resource The Lexus Project was created. In 2011 after stepping in to save a Siberian husky facing death in Tolland, Ct. for killing chickens that drew some intense media coverage we realized that no dog was safe unless all were and redefined our mission to include defense for all breeds of dogs unjustly imprisoned or facing execution.   



Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas


  1. Animal Law: 50%
    5 years, 50 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    37 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  3. Foreclosure: 10%
    37 years, 100 cases
  4. Divorce & Separation: 10%
    37 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. General Practice: 5%
    37 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes), Pro Bono (20%)

Payment Types:

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Contact Info

120-82 Queens Blvd
Kew Gardens, NY, 11415-1204


NYCurrently registered 197903/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
General CounselThe Lexus Project, Inc.2010 - 2012
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Huntington -v- a dog named "Cody"Cody freed, NYS Supreme Court recognized validity of "Cody" Trust to give standing to dog and create right to separate Counsel
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Columbia UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Marino Continuing Legal EducationCivil Rights for Dogs - Defining a new paradigm2014
Connecticut Bar Association, Animal Law CommitteeCody Trust Standing2011