Joshua M. Rubins

Joshua M. Rubins is a partner of Satterlee Stephens LLP.  

Mr. Rubins is a trial and appellate attorney with experience in all areas of commercial litigation, including securities, real estate, banking, antitrust, consumer fraud class actions, and commercial contracts.  He 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, Mr. Rubins handles intellectual property transactions for media clients and performs pre-publication and pre-broadcast reviews of books, news articles and newcasts. 

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 has served as Co-Editor of the American Bar Association’s newsletter for the First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee, and his numerous publications on litigation practice and media law include:  “Keeping It Simple in the Court TV Age” (ABA Litigation Manual, 3d Ed., First Supplement, 2007); “The Falsity Loophole in Publicity Rights Cases” (LDRC Bulletin, April 2001); and “Daytime Talk Shows: Protected Expression or ‘Defamatory Gossip-Mongering?’” (First Amendment and Media Litigation, Winter, 1997).  He is also the co-author of Emerging Publication Torts (PLI Libel Litigation 1994 Course Handbook).

Mr. Rubins is admitted to practice in the New York state and federal courts and in the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Sixth Circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Mr. Rubins earned both his undergraduate degree (A.B., magna cum laude) and his law degree (J.D.) from Harvard University.  While at Harvard Law School, his paper on the copyrightability of titles received the Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition Award.

Contact Information



(212) 404-8731


Practice Areas: 


Harvard University (J.D.)
Harvard University (A.B.) Magna Cum Laude


New York
United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Sixth Circuits