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, appellate briefing, and constitutional law.
Mr. Tartakovsky served as a law clerk to the Hon. Paul J. Kelly, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He is a Senior Research Fellow at UC Berkeley Law's California Constitutional Center and the James Wilson Fellow in Constitutional Law of the Claremont Institute. He is on the board of the San Francisco Federalist Society.
Mr. Tartakovsky received his J.D. 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.
Recent engagements include:
- Advising California Senate Legislative Ethics Committee in inquiries into senatorial misconduct.
- Defending pharmaceutical executive in Department of Justice investigation into cancer-drug promotion.
- Representing publisher in bringing out long-lost Holocaust memoir, the Diary of Rywka Lipszyc.
- Advising two metropolitan cities in connection with state firearm-preemption statutes.
- Defending national home-loan company in connection with shareholder demands.
- Representing American Academy of Pediatrics in defending a New York City health ordinance.
Selected recent writings and appearances include:
- Cover essay in IMLA Magazine on gun preemption laws.
- Lecture on the Second Amendment at the 78th Annual Convention of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, October 2013.
- "Dickens v. Lawyers," New York Times (Feb. 6, 2012).
- “Pun for the Ages,” New York Times (March 28, 2009).
- “In Praise of Political Insults,” Wall Street Journal (July 2, 2008).
- Autopsy Reports and the Confrontation Clause, 2 Va. J. Crim. L. 62 (2014) (with Daniel J. Capra).
- Why Strickland Is the Wrong Test for Violations of the Right to Testify, 70 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 95 (2013) (with Daniel J. Capra).
Mr. Tartakovsky is admitted to practice law in the State of California, in the Northern District of California, in the Southern District of California, and in the Tenth Circuit.