Joseph A. Bondy is a criminal defense and cannabis business attorney in Manhattan. A graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School, over the past twenty-five years, Mr. Bondy has represented more than one thousand individuals at all stages of litigation, including dozens of federal and state cannabis clients. He is admitted to practice law in New York State, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the District of Connecticut, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Bondy currently represents a number of companies in the cannabis and industrial hemp industry. In May 2019, High Times Magazine identified Mr. Bondy as “one of the nation’s preeminent cannabis attorneys.” Mr. Bondy is a member of the pro bono legal team in Washington v. Barr, the federal case challenging the constitutionality of our federal cannabis laws. He is also lead counsel in US v. Lev Parnas, et. al., a historic Federal Election Act prosecution that is currently pending in the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Bondy serves on the Board of Directors for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and a life member of the NORML national legal committee. He is the Founder of In the Know 420, a well-known livestream on cannabis law and policy, and Vice- President of the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA). The American Trial Lawyers College rates Mr. Bondy as one of the top 100 criminal trial attorneys in the United States. Mr. Bondy lectures on a variety of federal criminal and cannabis law topics nationally, serves on the faculty of Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP), and immensely enjoys mentoring young lawyers and advocates.