Joshua M. Rubins


  • Joshua M. Rubins
  • Phone: +1 212 404 8731

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    230 Park Avenue, Suite 1130
    New York, NY 10169-0079

Joshua M. Rubins is a trial and appellate attorney. Mr. Rubins regularly represents a wide range of media clients in copyright, trademark and licensing disputes, as well as in defamation actions and other matters involving the First Amendment. In addition, he handles intellectual property transactions for media clients and performs pre-publication and pre-broadcast reviews of books, news articles and newcasts. 

Mr. Rubins also has experience in all areas of commercial litigation, including securities, real estate, banking, antitrust, consumer fraud class actions and commercial contracts. He

His extensive background as a professional writer and journalist includes eight years as editor and publisher of Kirkus Reviews and the 1987 Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics’ Circle.

Mr. Rubins is a 1974 graduate of Harvard Law School and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University. 


Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property and Media Law
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance and Professional Liability


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1974
  • Harvard University, A.B., magna cum laude, 1970


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2020-present
  • Satterlee Stephens LLP
    - Partner, 1998-2020
    - Associate, 1992-1998
  • Richenthal & Birnbaum
    - Associate, 1987-1992

Selected Publications

  • Co-editor, American Bar Association’s newsletter for the First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee
  • Author, "Keeping It Simple in the Court TV Age," ABA Litigation Manual, 3d Ed., First Supplement, 2007
  • Author, "The Falsity Loophole in Publicity Rights Cases," LDRC Bulletin, April 2001
  • Author, "Daytime Talk Shows: Protected Expression or 'Defamatory Gossip-Mongering?'" First Amendment and Media Litigation, Winter 1997
  • Co-author, Emerging Publication Torts, PLI Libel Litigation 1994 Course Handbook