Joel Rubenstein

German Rubenstein, LLP
19 W 44th St, Ste 1500
New York, NY 10036
(212) 704-2020

Joel M. Rubenstein is a founding partner of the law firm of German Rubenstein LLP. Mr. Rubenstein handles complex litigation, concentrating in the areas of environmental and toxic tort, pharmaceuticals, products liability, consumer fraud, commercial disputes, personal injury and medical malpractice.

Mr. Rubenstein’s personal injury practice is diverse and includes car accidents, premises liability, trip and falls, construction site, exposure to hazardous substances such as carbon monoxide and benzene, workplace accidents, pedestrian knock-downs, and bicyclist knock-downs.

Mr. Rubenstein’s current class action practice involves the representation of plaintiffs in Spears et al. v. Chrysler et al., an environmental class action concerning a plume of contaminated groundwater that has caused vapor intrusion to hundreds of properties in Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Rubenstein also represents plaintiffs in Duarte, et al. v. United States Metals Refining Co., et al., an environmental class action lawsuit seeking damages on behalf of property owners and individuals in Carteret, NJ, who have been exposed to Smelter Contaminants such as lead and arsenic.  He currently represents plaintiffs in Jerue v. The Drummond Company, another environmental class action lawsuit seeking damages suffered by property owners and individuals in Lakeland, Florida, as a result of contamination of their property by phosphate mining, pollution, hazardous waste disposal and subsequent inadequate reclamation of the property on which their homes are built.

Mr. Rubenstein spent the majority of the previous decade at one of Wall Street's most prestigious law firms where he negotiated some of the most complex corporate transactions in the United States and internationally on behalf of hedge funds, private equity funds and Fortune 500 companies. For example, in 2004, Mr. Rubenstein was the lead associate representing one of the largest full-service energy trading companies in North America in its $1 billion credit facility with a consortium of financial institutions, a transaction that was awarded Deal of the Year by Trade Finance. Mr. Rubenstein has parlayed such experience into a successful commercial litigation practice, representing clients in a variety of business and contractual disputes. Mr. Rubenstein has earned a reputation of being a tenacious advocate and negotiator.

Mr. Rubenstein also spent part of the previous decade serving as a pro bono trial attorney for the New York City Law Department, Manhattan Tort Division, where he represented the City of New York in civil litigation involving claims of negligent maintenance, negligent supervision, and labor law. Mr. Rubenstein's trial experience is complemented by state appellate experience, including argument before the New York State Appellate Division.

Mr. Rubenstein’s environmental cases have been covered by The Dayton Daily News, The St. Petersburg Times, The Associated Press, Reuters, and other television, radio and print media nationwide.

Mr. Rubenstein is a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Dean's List and the Fordham Intellectual Property Media & Entertainment Journal. Mr. Rubenstein graduated with honors from the University at Albany (SUNY). Prior to private practice, Mr. Rubenstein served as an infantry soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces. In 2009, Mr. Rubenstein was selected to attend, and subsequently graduated from, the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College. Mr. Rubenstein is a current member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSLA) and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Mr. Rubenstein is admitted to practice in the State of New York and New Jersey and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.