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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: 40%
    6 years, 50 cases
  2. Dog Bite: 25%
    6 years, 200 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    38 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  4. Divorce: 10%
    38 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Landlord & Tenant: 10%
    38 years, 2.5 thousand cases



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (20%)

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Contact info

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


NYCurrently registered 197903/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney FounderRichard Bruce Rosenthal, Esq.2014 - Present
General CounselThe Lexus Project, Inc.2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Connecticut Bar Association, Animal Law CommitteeExecutive Committee Member2014 - Present
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 University School of LawEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New York County Lawyers' Association, Animal Law CommitteeDangerous Dog Law2016
Marino Continuing Legal EducationAnimal Rights Litigation Under 42USC19832016
Marino Continuing Legal EducationCivil Rights for Dogs - Defining a new paradigm2016
Louisiana State Bar Association, Animal Law SectionAnimal Law Litigation2016
Animal Law SymposiumNY Dangerous Dog Law2016
State Bar of Texas, Animal Law SectionLitigating Dangerous Dog Cases2015
New York County Lawyers' Association, Animal Law CommitteeDangerous Dog Law update2015
New York County Lawyers' Association, Animal Law CommitteeNY Dangerous Dog Law2014
Connecticut Bar Association, Animal Law CommitteeCody Trust Standing2011