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Joseph Aaron Bondy

Cannabis Law Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1995
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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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 25 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 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 leading member of a team of attorneys on the seminal case Washington v Barr (2019), originally Washington v Sessions (2017), which took action against the Department of Justice with the aim to legalize cannabis federally. He is the founder of In The Know 420, a well-known podcast 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).


Law Offices of Joseph A. Bondy
1776 Broadway
Suite 2000
New York, NY, 10019

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Posted by Carolyn | August 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very helpful
My first time needing a attorney, he made me feel like things are gonna be ok, and that’s huge
Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2017
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The Best Lawyer Ever!!
I recently hired Mr. Bondy to take over a case for my son. From our initial conversation, I knew he was the best attorney for the serious charges he was facing. He is experienced, intelligent, and, most of all, respectful of his clients and their families. Mr. Bondy is always available and encourages his clients to ask questions so that they are informed. His continued support and assistance has helped get me through one of the most difficult times in our lives. Mr. Bondy has so many great qualities, but the best few, to me, are being open and honest, and taking the time to build relationships with his clients so that he fully understands them. He was recommended by a close friend, and I thank God for Joe Bondy!!
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Posted by Sonila | December 20, 2010
Compassionate and knowledgable lawyer
Joseph Bondy is one of the best lawyers in New York city. He is very knowledgable at his job. This man is very intelligent, but most importantly he is a humble lawyer. He is tremendously helpful, and goes to great lengths to help the ones in need. He is well connected in the community, and is well experienced in his field.My family and I are very glad to have such a great lawyer. He has helped us tremendously. I would absolutely reccomend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2010
Outstanding lawyer
Mr. Bondy, I am very fortunate to have you representing one of my closest family members. Mr. Bondy changed the life of someone close to me through his dedication, promptness and hard work to this case. He is a considerate and honest lawyer. Without Joe, the situation would have had a bad ending. He went beyond the call of duty. I will never forget what you did for my family. Not only Joe was concerned about the case, he was concern about the whole family, constantly calling and keeping in touch with everybody. Joe is an exception. He coached me thru the most difficult time. Joe has been the most pleasant and fair lawyer I have known. He provided a high level of proficiency and faithfulness throughout the case. Joe has just seen me through a case that was complicated, puzzling and demanding. He was always kind, concerned and empathetic. Joe always explained things clearly and patiently so we could make reasoned decisions and comprehend the possible consequences of those decisions. Saying Thank You, to Joe it just seems so small for the manner in which he took the case. I would, and will highly recommend your firm to any of my relatives, relatives or anyone else who may need outstanding legal representation. You are the best of the best attorneys you can find in New York.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2010
An Amazing Person
I was a juvenile entagled in the criminal justice system when I first met Mr. Bondy. I was neither in school or sure about my future. Mr. Bondy inspired me to pursue an education, despite any perceived hurdles.His guidance and assistance was a critical aspect to my development as a responsible and accountable person. I have the utmost respect for Mr. Bondy. He is a great person, mentor, and friend.
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Posted by Angelo | December 17, 2010
Criminal Defendant
Mr. Bondy has represented me in multiple criminal proceeding. Since his initial appearance, he diligently advocated on my behalf. He has always dedicated himself to my needs, despite the fluctuation of monetary compensation. Joseph’s unrelenting devotion to my case is an illuminating mark on his character. He will not leave you in hard times and will continue to fight on your behalf. His devotion and trust is an attribute that I value the most. He has been a true advocate of justice and unafraid to stand up for what is right-even when the stakes are high. He has and continues to stand by my side.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2009
Amazing man, amazing lawyer
Joe is not only a spectacular lawyer, he is a truly remarkable person. He took a very personal interest in my case, despite it being just a misdemeanor. He was always genuinely concerned about my well being, my family, and my life both as it related to my charges and beyond. He saw me as a person, and wanted to know not just about the circumstances regarding my case, but about who I was, where I came from and where I wanted to go and helped me with more than just my case. Not only did he successfully and appropriately have my charges dismissed, he did it in an honest, genuine manner and has even kept in touch with me since. I have known many lawyers, most as friends and colleagues but have never met one like Mr. Joe Bondy. You can't find a better defense attorney in New York.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Owner
  • Law Offices of Joseph A. Bondy
  • 1996 - Present


  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Columbia University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • The Federal Cannabis Lawsuit, Washington v. Sessions, 17-CV-05625-AKH (SDNY)
  • Defendants' motion to dismiss granted. Direct appeal process commencing.


  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
  • Life Member, National Legal Committee
  • 2010 - Present
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Life Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • National Eagle Scout Association (NESA)
  • Life Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Former Board of Directors
  • 1999 - 2004
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Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Member
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Presidential Commendation
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2001
  • Presidential Commendation
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Women Grow Leadership Summit, 2018
  • The Intercultural Cannabis Conversation
  • 2018
  • Cannabis in Commercial Real Estate, NYC
  • Moderator, Panel: Cannabis in Commercial Real Estate, NYC
  • 2017
  • Cannabis Cultural Association, Entrepreneurship Empowerment Workshop, NYC
  • Know Your Rights: Safe Interactions With Law Enforcement
  • 2017
  • Oaksterdam University, Intensive Cannabis Cultivation Seminar, NYC, 2016
  • Know Your Rights: Safe Interactions With Law Enforcement
  • 2016
  • NORML Legal Committee, Annual Meeting 2016
  • Vaporizing the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
  • 2016
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bondy is an extremely capable attorney committed to providing highest quality representation to his clients. I endorse him without reservation."
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New York Cannabis Law Lawyer Joseph Aaron Bondy
Joseph Aaron Bondy
Cannabis Law Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 28 years