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Joseph TartakovskyJoseph Tartakovsky
Associate Attorney
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555 Mission Street
Suite 3000
San Francisco, CA 94105-0921

Joseph Tartakovsky is an associate in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He practices in the firm’s Litigation Department, where he focuses on criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and constitutional law.

Mr. Tartakovsky served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul K. Kelly, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  He is the James Wilson Fellow in Constitutional Law of the Claremont Institute and a Senior Research Fellow at UC Berkeley Law's California Constitutional Center.  He is on the board of the San Francisco Chapter of the Federalist Society.

Mr. Tartakovsky received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Fordham Law School in 2011, where he was a Mary Daly Scholar and received the Condon Prize and the Metcalf Prize.  During law school, he was clerk to the disciplinary committee of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, chaired by the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff.

His writings have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.  Op-eds include "Dickens v. Lawyers," New York Times (Feb. 6, 2012) and scholarly publications include Why Strickland Is the Wrong Test for Violations of the Right to Testify, 70 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 95 (2013) (co-authored with Daniel J. Capra), which is cited in a leading criminal procedure treatise edited by LaFave, Israel, King, and Kerr. 

Mr. Tartakovsky spoke on the Second Amendment at the 78th Annual Convention of the International Municipal Lawyers Association in October 2013.

Mr. Tartakovsky is admitted to practice law in the State of California and in the Tenth Circuit.



  • Fordham University
       2011 Juris Doctor
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
       2004 Bachelor of Arts


  • California Bar


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