Donald G. Rehkopf Jr.
Mr. Rehkopf attended Capital University Law School, where he received his Juris Doctorate in January 1975. While in law school, Mr. Rehkopf was the Associate Editor for Research for the Law Review, won the 6th Circuit Moot Court competition and was a member of the National Moot Court team. Upon graduation, he was selected for the Judge Advocate Generals Department and served on active duty with the Air Force from 1976 to 1981. He retired from the JAG Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.
From 1981-85, Mr. Rehkopf was in private practice in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where his practice was limited to defending U.S. military personnel before courts-martial and administrative proceedings. From 1985-96, he was a staff attorney in the Violent Felony Offender section of the Monroe County Public Defenders Office in Rochester, New York, an office of over 50 attorneys. His practice concentrated in the areas of complex forensic science and medical issues affecting those accused of serious crimes. He presently concentrates on criminal defense and military law issues. Mr. Rehkopf is a frequent national lecturer on the subjects of military justice, criminal law, criminal trial techniques, and professional ethics. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; and in the State of New York. He has tried over 225 cases to a verdict and argued countless appeals.
Mr. Rehkopf is the Co-Chair of the Military Law Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers [NACDL]; and is a Vice-President of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers [NYSACDL]. He was an amicus curiae party as one of the "Experts of the Law of War" at the Supreme Court in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 124 S.Ct. 2633 (2004), while simultaneously representing another amicus curiae, People to Enforce the Geneva Conventions. He has authored or co-authored numerous amicus curiae briefs at the U.S. Supreme Court, federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the NY Court of Appeals.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Defense
- Military Law Issues
- Complex Forensic Science
- Post-Conviction Litigation
- 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- New York, 1989
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1976
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
- Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
- J.D. - 1975
- Honors: 6th Circuit Moot Court competition
- Honors: Member, National Moot Court Team
- Law Review: Research for the Law Review, Associate Editor
- Lecturer, Military Justice, Criminal Law, Criminal Trial Techniques, and Professional Ethics
Honors and Awards
- Recipient, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Presidential Commendation, 2003
- Recipient, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Special Presidential Commendation for Padilla v. Rumsfeld., 2003
- Recipient, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Presidential Commendation, 2004
- Recipient, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Hon. Thurgood Marshall, Outstanding Practitioner of the Year, Award, 2004
- Recipient, New York State Assembly, Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Legal Practitioner and Support of Constitutional Rights for All, 2005
- Recipient, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Presidential Commendation, 2006
- Recipient, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Presidential Commendation, 2007
- Recipient, The Daily Record, Leaders in Law Award, 2009
Past Employment Positions
- Air Force, 1976 - 1981