Joseph DiBenedetto is a criminal defense attorney for over 20 years, practicing primarily in the federal and state courts of New York. He opened his own firm in 2008. DiBenedetto has successfully represented numerous individuals including fellow attorneys, law enforcement personnel, union officials, medical professionals, entertainers, professional athletes and coaches, accountants and CEOs of major corporations. DiBenedetto has also successfully represented clients charged in both local and international large-scale narcotics cases. DiBenedetto regularly represents individuals extradited to the United States from Colombia and Guatemala. His services have been sought worldwide and includes clients from Lebanon, the Philippines, Holland, Spain and France.
DiBenedetto has a wide-ranging practice with proven results in all aspects of criminal law. He has secured the pretrial dismissal of numerous cases at both the state and federal level. His extensive knowledge of the federal sentencing guidelines and state sentencing provisions has benefited numerous clients, earning them significantly reduced sentences.
DiBenedetto is frequently retained in high profile matters that receive press coverage. DiBenedetto successfully represented the lead defendant in what the government referred to as the largest Medicare fraud case in U.S. history. After intense litigation, DiBenedetto secured a significantly reduced sentence for his client by establishing a loss of only Twenty Million Dollars, as opposed to the government’s claim of loss totaling well over One Hundred Million Dollars.
DiBenedetto is not shy in holding the government to their burden of proof and exposing government overreach. Recently DiBenedetto, against all odds, and after three failed attempts by two other notable attorneys, obtained bail for his client in federal court on a highly publicized racketeering and death penalty eligible prosecution charging the client with multiple acts of violence, including murder. DiBenedetto thoroughly destroyed the government’s allegation regarding the client’s involvement in a murder and exposed their key witness as a liar. DiBenedetto was able to secure a guilty plea to conduct that did not include the charged murder.
Media & Recognition
DiBenedetto’s cases are often covered throughout the media. Based on his experience, notoriety, and track record of success, DiBenedetto is often sought to provide legal commentary on local, national and international issues involving criminal law. DiBenedetto has provided expert analysis to all major media outlets including Fox News, Time Magazine, NBC Nightly News, Fox Sports, Star Magazine, ESPN, E! and CNN, amongst others.
DiBenedetto’s successes within the criminal defense field has netted him features in several publications, including Lawyer Monthly, Criminal Laws.com, Russo’s Magazine, and America Oggi. DiBenedetto has also been published in Forbes, The Huffington Post and The Observer News.
Early on in his career, DiBenedetto was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2012, a peer-based distinction awarded to only 2.5 percent of lawyers throughout New York State. DiBenedetto has been recognized as a Super Lawyer each year thereafter based on his compelling work within the criminal defense field.
DiBenedetto’s hard work and accomplishments in difficult cases has also earned him a perfect 10 rating on AVVO.
Education & Bar Admissions
Joseph DiBenedetto is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor in 2001. He received his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, also from St. John’s University in 1998.
Joseph DiBenedetto is admitted to the state bars of New York and New Jersey and the District of Columbia.
DiBenedetto is also admitted to the District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York, the District of New Jersey and the District of Connecticut.
DiBenedetto is also admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2020|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2020|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2019|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2018|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Columbia Lawyers Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2006 - Present|
|New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2006 - Present|
|Forbes||White-Collar Defendants Pay For Predecessors' Crimes||2010|
|news observer||Merely Suspending Gilbert Arenas Does Not Solve The NBA's Image Problem||2010|
|The Huffington Post||Loose Lips Sink Ships, But Should John Gotti Jr. Have Testified In Order To Avoid Another Hung Jury?||2009|
|New York State Bar Association||Criminal Justice Journal||2000|
|New York State Bar Association||Criminal Justice Journal||1999|
|St John's University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|St John's University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
|The Daily Buzz||Indictment of Michael Jackson's Doctor||2010|
|ESPN Radio||Criminal Investigation Surrounding Ben Roethlisberger||2010|
|CNBC||Bernie Madoff Investigation||2010|
|The Jim Bohannon Show||Criminal Implications Of The Tiger Woods Scandal||2009|
|The Jim Bohannon Show||Fort Hood Shooting||2009|
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