Charles E. Joseph

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Attorney Charles Joseph is a founding partner at Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP. He is admitted in both New York and federal courts and is one of our firm’s class action litigators, pursuing wage and hour and other types of employee rights claims on behalf of large groups of similarly situated individuals.

Prior to forming Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP, Charles Joseph was a litigation attorney with Debevoise & Plimpton, where he practiced for more than six years, largely on behalf of corporate clients. In 1997, he went on to found Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP because he wanted to help workers who had been wronged by unfair employment and wage practices. Since then, he has helped Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP grow to be the respected law firm that it is today, winning numerous major legal victories for workers in all occupations and industries. This includes recovering nearly $100 million for workers throughout the country.

Charles is a graduate of New York University School of Law from which he received his Juris Doctor in 1990. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in history from the University of Edinburgh School of History, Classics and Archaeology with a focus on the history of the Middle Ages in northwestern Europe. Charles is fluent in Hebrew and Yiddish.

Charles is active in several professional associations focusing on employment law, including the National Employment Law Project, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a supporter of the World Wildlife Fund and Make the Road NY, an organization supporting working class Latinos in New York by providing organization, advocacy, education and services.

In addition to all of this, Charles is actively invested in improving his vibrant and diverse community, and was honored for his pro bono work by the Lawyer’s Committee for Human Rights for his work obtaining political asylum for China’s leading literary dissident, refugees from Pakistan, Sudan and Ukraine as well as life-saving work getting the wife and children of a Haitian rural organizer out of hiding in Haiti and legally into the United States. Charles worked on behalf of The Center for Constitutional Rights to bring a mass-murdering eastern European political leader to justice under The Torture Victim Protection Act. He has also been active handling housing cases pro bono for indigent tenants, family law and child support cases on behalf of indigent women and criminal appeals for indigent defendants.

Professional Organizations

- New York City Bar Association

- New York State Bar Association

- New York State Trial Lawyers Association

- National Employment Law Project

- National Employment Lawyers Association

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Sexual Harassment for workers
  • Plaintiffs' Employment Law
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Equal Pay
  • Overtime/Wage theft
  • Whistleblower
  • Race Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Age Discrimination

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
347-380-4183  Phone
212-651-4238  Phone
University Attended:
Rabbinical College of America, Bachelor, Religious Studies
Law School Attended:
New York University School of Law, J.D., 1990
Year of First Admission:
1990, New York; 1992, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 2006, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; 2006, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; 1992, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Birth Information:
Chicago, Illinois, August 11, 1960
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  • 5.0/5.0 (9 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Attorney on 03/14/19 in Sexual Harassment

    Charles has a passion for helping his clients get great outcomes and vindicate their rights. He knows this area of the law exceedingly well and he is always current on what the best legal avenues there are to make his clients successful. In short, Ch... Read more

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    Charles has a passion for helping his clients get great outcomes and vindicate their rights. He knows this area of the law exceedingly well and he is always current on what the best legal avenues there are to make his clients successful. In short, Charles cares, he knows what he's doing, and he does it well. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 02/17/19 in Labor and Employment

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