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Ronald Rubinstein

Criminal defense Attorney at New York, NY

4.9   8 reviews

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In 1993, I was trying a federal case in the Easten District of New York before a visiting judge from San Francisco, California. On the first day of trial, the judge was limiting my cross-examination of a Government witness. The judge announced his rule of cross-examination-- that I "could only ask the same questions that were asked by the Government on direct." I tried to artfully get around this ruling, but the judge ruled I was violating it and held me in contempt. The trial lasted three weeks and during the remainder of the trial, the judge relaxed his cross-examination rule and I was permitted to properly represent my client. 

At the end of the trial, I moved for the judge to vacate the contempt finding. The judge said in substance I was a great lawyer and knew exactly what I was doing that first day of trial--ignoring his ruling-- but that he would vacate the contempt if I made a five thousand dollar donation to Brooklyn Law School. 

I had been trying cases for 26 years (many of them high profile) and believed that a lawyer should not be limited in cross-examination as this judge had originally ruled. So I did not make the donation, but spent far more in defending my and all lawyers' right to properly cross-examine a witness. 

I opened my own law firm in 1968 and built a bustling criminal defense practice in New York.

I have advocated on behalf of hundreds of clients in federal and state cases, and have appeared before the Federal District Courts of New York, California, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, and Louisiana. I have represented people from all walks of life, ranging from public officials and professionals such as doctors, lawyers, and accountants, to those accused of street crimes including murder and drug conspiracies. I have tried over 30 murder cases to verdict with greater than 50% of them ending in acquittals, including cases involving video-taped confessions. I have been involved in a number of high profile cases, including a firefighter who was accused of the death of a motorist while driving a fire engine to lunch and an acquittal on all counts for a woman charged with arson and double homicide in Queens County, New York. See "Cases" for some of the other high profile cases I have tried. 


Since moving my practice to Madison Avenue in New York City, I have defended primarily white collar cases, including Medicaid fraud cases. However, I still enjoy defending all types of street crimes in the state courts.


Prior to entering private practice, I began my career as an attorney for the estate tax division of the IRS. In 1965 I joined the criminal court branch of the Legal Aid Society of New York, around the time it was designated by the City of New York to be the primary provider of criminal defense representation for the city.

Licensed for 57 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1964
Updated 06/05/2022

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Rubinstein & Corozzo, LLP
260 Madison Ave Fl 22
New York, NY, 10016-2401


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Posted by Richard | August 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A good lawyer and a good friend
If you need help in a criminal matter Mr Rubenstein is the man to go to. He is more dedicated than any lawyer i have ever met. He helped me tremendously during a very difficult time . He was always there for me - i would recommend him highly
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2017
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Best criminal defense attorney in New York city
Ronnie Rubinstein is a well respected criminal defense attorney in NYC with over 30 years of experience. He came to my side and got me off with no bail 5 days community service no fine and 6 months of ACD which was any other attorney would have fought with the ADA to get and probably wouldn't have. Ronnie is very reputable established and intelligent attorney in NYC. To say he knows what he's doing is an understatement. Best attorney if you are ever in trouble.
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Posted by Eric | August 5, 2017
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Attorney Ronald Rubinstein
I hired Mr. Rubinstein to assist my son with his legal issues. Once on board Mr Rubinstein provided the team of lawyers I previously hired to actually get work done on my son's behalf. He also used his vast influence to recommend a lawyer in the mid west to assist with my son's issues there as well.
Posted by Eric | August 5, 2017
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Excellent defense attorney
This man saved me from lots of time in prison and saved my family from lots of heartache. Mr. Rubinstein was always professional and more helpful than any lawyer that I'd previously been involved with. Had it not been for him I wouldn't be where I am today...FREE!
Posted by Cheryl | August 5, 2017
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Mr. Ronald Rubinstein
Mr Rubinstein provided the most exceptional service regarding my legal case. Mr. Rubinstein is a consummate professional and the expertise he displayed was greatly appreciated. I would advise all individuals with any legal issues to utilize Mr. Rubinstein and his law firm. I was amazed by his legal expertise and highly recommend this exceptional lawyer.
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Posted by Dexter | July 5, 2016
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Excellent attorney and friend.
I hired Mr. Rubinstein in 1990, I had two felony cases open at the same time. I was facing 8 to 25 years. Mr. Rubinstein and his legal team handle my case with the best professionalism l have ever seen, We won!! Not only is he the best attorney I know, he's a personal friend of 26 years.
Posted by john | June 28, 2016
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It's not just a job to Ron
Ron defended me in a criminal case (which I lost) in 1983 and represented me in a Federal inquiry recently. I went back to him because I trust him and I know my interests are being represented competently, professionally and with a degree of loyalty that you just cannot find today. It's not just a job to him. He takes it personally.
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Posted by DB Karron | July 5, 2016
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I lost the battle but perhaps not the war
It is not usual that a client who loses write a positive review of counsel. We should not have lost, except that the prosecution case agents would later plead guilty to fraud and go to prison. We had no idea of the ferocity of the hatered of the government for me. And that they were fabricating evidence and suborning witnesses and my family to turn against me. Despite the government seizing all of my assets, Mr. Rubinstein battled on, working round the clock and finding inconsistencies in the government evidence that we suspected belied prosecutor fraud but could not believe it. Now we know. Now we will be ready. For the fight of your life, you want Mr. Rubinstein in your corner. Despite expensive white shoe representation dumping me, Mr. Rubinstein never dumped me.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1995.

Censured issued in NY, 1995
updated on 06/26/2017

When an attorney is censured it means he or she did something wrong but may still practice law. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Rubinstein & Corozzo, LLP
  • 1968 - Present


  • Brooklyn Law School
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1964
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1963
  • Ohio State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1960

Legal Cases

  • First OCCA acquittal in New York State
  • acquittal
  • U.S. v. Farrell
  • acquittal
  • Howard Beach Case
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  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York City Bar Association, Capital Punishment Special Committee
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Honorable Robert Louis Cohen Award for Professional Excellence
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • 2020
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Queens County Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • 1991
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Queens Criminal Bar Association
  • 1991

Attorney endorsements

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Given (52)
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Unknown Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ron is an outstanding attorney who truly cares about his clients. In addition to securing numerous acquittals for his clients, Ron has always gone above and beyond to help his clients deal with every aspect of their legal problems."

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New York Criminal defense Lawyer Ronald Rubinstein
Ronald Rubinstein
Criminal defense Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 57 years