MARTIN GARBUS is a leading American trial lawyer. He is one of America’s leading Criminal, Constitutional, First Amendment and International lawyers. Martin Garbus attended New York University Law School and Columbia University. The Guardian newspaper designating him as one of the world’s legendary lawyers said, “in his willingness to fight for freedom, Garbus is as American as the bald eagle.”
Garbus was Legal and Associate Director of The American Civil Liberties Union, co-director of the Columbia University Center on Social Policy and Law and Chairman of The Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee. He taught at many American and foreign Law Schools, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Tsingua and Renmin Law School (Beijing) as well as law schools in Milan and Prague and appeared before foreign Government including Parliaments, in many countries.
Garbus has diverse litigation experience including copyright, intellectual property, criminal defense, libel and internet law. His Courtroom skills have earned him a distinguished reputation as a scholar, appellate and trial lawyer. His cases have established new legal precedents in the areas of criminal and First Amendment law in the Supreme Court and in courts throughout the U.S. He is singular in expanding the rights of criminal defendants and free speech. Garbus argued before the United States Supreme Court, testified before the U.S. Congress and the New York and California legislative branches on many different issues.
One of his Supreme Court Cases, Goldberg v. Kelly was described by Justice William Brennan as “perhaps the most important due process case of the Twentieth Century”.
Garbus, the author of six notable books, that have received awards, as well as numerous articles that have appeared, amongst other places, in the New York Times, the Washington Post and foreign publications, has worked on the Constitutions and criminal and free speech laws of half a dozen foreign countries. He has given hundreds of speeches on various aspects of law before Bar Associations, corporations and Law Schools, as well as on television and radio networks in the United States and abroad. (His clients included Andrei Sakharov, Vaclav Havel, Daniel Ellsberg, Nelson Mandela, Cesar Chavez, and Salman Rushdie.)
He has practiced and been involved in, amongst other places, Rwanda, the Soviet Union, China and Taiwan. This has earned him numerous honours including the prestigious Senator William Fulbright Award for Global Leadership in International Law in 2012 . The award notes, “Martin Garbus’ courage and his extraordinary contribution to law both in the United States and abroad”…calling him a “hero” in many foreign countries for his work in courtrooms throughout the world, said he is “renowned all over the world for his commitment to the rule of law and the protection of speech and action that guarantees individual rights.”
Honors include listings in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Best Lawyers in America, as well as awards from Law Schools, colleges and civil rights and civil liberties organizations. Martin Garbus joined the team of lawyers trying to set aside the convictions of the Cuban Five in April 2012.