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About me

I am both a passionate and compassionate attorney, two of the most important qualifications for excellence. I build a trust with my clients by listening to them and trying to understand who they are and what they need. Once that foundation is set, I will either push the DA for the best possible disposition for my client or I will dig for the truth and take a case to trial, forcing the DA to its burden of proof.

Having also been a prosecutor, I have a real understanding of how the system works. That experience has better helped me to understand what tactics and strategies someone can expect before, during and after a criminal arrest and/or charge. I fight with compassion but also with brute intensity. Whether you have been accused of possession of a controlled substance in Queens or domestic violence or any other crime or violation in New York, or would like to speak to someone about a case involving police brutality in New York, I can fight for your rights.

With over 24 years experience in New York criminal law, I have seen almost everything, and as a Queens County criminal defense attorney and owner of Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner I have handled almost every type of case. I have defended clients accused of the smallest infractions against the law to some of the most serious crimes that could potentially put someone in prison for a long time, such as narcotics charges. Call me today to schedule a free consultation.



Languages spoken: Hebrew, English

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 85%
    25 years
  2. Civil Rights: 15%
    9 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jeffrey D. Cohen

    I have known Rochelle Berliner for many years. She is not only passionate about her practice but is a zealous advocate to ensure her clients rights are protected. Her knowledge of the law & work ethic is one of the many qualities that make her an excellent attorney!


    Jeffrey Cohen Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Eugene Girin

    Rochelle is a zealous, experienced, and highly ethical attorney. She is very highly regarded by clients, opposing counsel, judges, and other criminal defense attorneys. She is a true asset to the legal profession and one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the Greater New York City area. I unhesitatingly endorse her.


    Eugene Girin Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info


NYCurrently registered 199207/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of AppreciationDetectives Endowment Association2005
Certificate of AppreciationNew York University - Office of Career Services/Mentor program2003
Founder's Day AwardNew York University - Washington Square1981
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ALaw Office of Rochelle S. Berliner2005 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyOffice Of The Special Narcotics Prosecutor1993 - 2005
Assistant District AttorneyNew York County District Attorney1991 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Police Accountability Project (NPAP)Member2008 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
NORMLMember2008 - Present
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Queens County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
New York County Lawyers' AssociationMember2005 - 2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
New York UniversityJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
University of PennsylvaniaCommunicationsOther - Bachelors1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Interview w/ Laws.comRochelle S. Berliner Finds Satisfaction in Switch to Criminal Defense2013
Interview on Eyewitness NewsNYPD Undercover cop accused of bogus arrests2010