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Donald George Rehkopf

Donald George Rehkopf

Practice areas:

Military Law, Criminal Defense, Constitutional, Civil Rights, Personal Injury

About Me

My practice consists of trial, appellate and post-conviction matters, in all military courts as well as New York State courts. I also do federal appellate cases. I have been handling criminal, constitutional and military matters since 1975. I spent 5 years on active duty as an AF JAG, with 2 tours as a defense counsel. I then spent 22 years in the AF Reserves. I also spent 11 years in the Public Defender's violent felony bureau. I have tried over 225 cases, military and civilian.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Military Law: 60%
    39 years, 500 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    40 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Constitutional: 10%
    40 years, 100 cases
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
    40 years
  5. Civil Rights: 5%
    40 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($275-375/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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  • Christopher Daniel Leroi

    Mr. Rehkopf is an outstanding and excellent attorney. I would recommend anyone and everyone to him for his services. I have been practicing for 24 years as a judge, magistrate, law professor, private attorney, and prosecutor, and I learn from his answers on Avvo every day. Simply an exemplary attorney.

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Contact Info

The Law Firm Of Brenna, Brenna & Boyce Pllc

31 East Main Street
Suite 2000
Rochester, NY, 14614-1914

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 198903/13/2015
OHInactive197506/10/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
President's CommendationNY State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2010
Presidential CommendationNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2010
Leaders in Law"Daily Record," Rochester, NY2009
President's CommendationN/A2007
President's Certificate of AppreciationNational Ass'n of Criminal Defense Lawyers2006
President's CommendationN/A2006
President's CommendationN/A2005
President's Certificate of AppreciationNational Ass'n of Criminal Defense Lawyers2005
Thurgood Marshall Criminal Defense Practitioner of the Year N/A2005
"Padilla v. Rumsfeld" Amicus Curiae AwardN/A2004
President's CommendationN/A2000
Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC)N/A1996
Air Mobility Command, Reserve Judge Advocate of the YearU.S. Air Force, Air Mobility Command1995

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyBrenna, Brenna & Boyce, PLLC2000 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Lonny H. Dolin1996 - 2000
AttorneyMonroe County (NY) Public Defenders Office1985 - 1996
AttorneyLaw Offices of Joel S. Cohen1981 - 1985
CaptainU.S. Air Force, JAGC1976 - 1981
AttorneyLaw Office of John B. Banks1975 - 1976

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
NY State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2009 - Present
NY State Academy of Trial LawyersMember2007 - Present
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVice President2003 - 2007
NY State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCo-Chair, CLE Committee2000 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCo-Chair, Military Law Committee2000 - Present
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1990 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1989 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Jose Padilla v. RumsfeldReleased from incommunicado military confinement
Hamdan v. RumsfeldMilitary Commissions at GTMO are illegal

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Parameters, Journal of the U.S. Army War CollegeThe General Stanley McChrystal Affair: A Case Study in Civil-Military Relations2012
NYSACDLDefending a Child Sex Abuse Case2011
NYSACDLLooking At and Challenging Search Warrants2011
NYSACDL CLEThe NEW Rules of Professional Conduct: Damning the Defense Bar2009
Colorado Criminal Defense BarThe Intersection of Military and Civilian Law2009
NYSACDL CLENY's New Rules of Professional Responsibility2009
NYSACDL CLE"S.A.F.E." ("S.A.N.E.") INSANITY: Beyond The Smoke and Mirrors - Defense of a Child Sex Abuse Case.2008
NACDL CLE PublicationsEthical Dilemmas for Judge Advocates: How to Do the Right Thing (Especially at Crime Scenes)2007
NYSACDL CLEEthics 1012006
NYSACDL CLEEthics 101: The Basics of Engagement Letters and Retainer Agreements2005
Canadian Bar AssociationUnited States Military Commissions: Thoughts and Observations from a Criminal Defense Practitioner on the Issues Surrounding Military Commission “Trials” for the Guantanamo Bay Prisoners,2004
Mississippi Public Defender's AssociationConfronting Cameras in the Courtroom: Another Challenge for the Defense. . .2003
Federal Public Defender CLEMilitary Commissions: A Primer for Defense Counsel2003
NYSACDL CLECops and Chemists: Cross-Examination in a Drug Case2002
Plenum PressThe Practice of Forensic Neuropsychology (Chap 7): Neuropsychology In Criminal Proceedings1997

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Capital University Law SchoolTrial PracticeJD - Juris Doctor1975
Capital University in Columbus, OhioPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1972

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Syracuse Law School, CLELooking At and Challenging Search Warrants2011
Ithaca, NY, CLEDefending a Child Sex Abuse Case2011
Syracuse Law School, CLEThe “New” A,B,C’s: A Defense Primer on Alcohol, Breath and Confrontation After Melendez-Diaz2010
Wayne County (NY) Criminal Defense Bar UpdateNY's New Rules of Professional Responsibility2009
Syracuse Annual Defense Counsel TrainerEthics2009
Cross To Kill - NYSACDL CLEDefense of a Child Sex Abuse Case2008
NACDL Mid-Winter Meeting and CLEEthics and Defense Trial Practice2007
A Study In Ethics: Crime Scenes, Sherlock Holmes and Defense Counsel's ObligationsTrial Practice and Ethics2006
Making Moving Motions: Cerebration in an Age of IdiotsCriminal Defense2005
Canadian Bar Association - Annual MeetingU.S. Military Commissions2004
A Few Good Captives: The Case of Guantanamo BayEnemy Combatants and Military Commissions2004
Is the 'War on Terrorism' Killing Our Constitution?Constitutional Law2003