Paul Callan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Edelman & Edelman PC
 | 61 Broadway, Suite 2220
New York, NY 10006
Phone: 212-943-1200
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Civil Rights (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%),
  • Media and Advertising (10%)
Attorney Profile

Representing clients in the New York City area, Paul Callan is a constant source of support for people who have been wrongfully convicted. As founder of Callan Legal, and while serving of counsel to Edelman & Edelman, P.C.,, he has worked with people across the country to clear their names.

Mr. Callan started his career as a prosecutor, handling high-profile cases, including the People vs. David Berkowitz, also known as the “Son of Sam” trial. He brings his experience on that side of the courtroom to his practice today, where he has time and again achieved success in exonerating his clients.

Over the course of his decadeslong career, Mr. Callan has effectively defended clients at both the state and the federal levels. For his accomplishments, he has received various recognitions, including an Avvo “Superb” rating and the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. More importantly, he has earned the trust of clients and the respect of his peers through providing honest and reliable representation.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Callan received a Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University in 1972, where he participated in an international debate competition. He went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 1975.

Today, Mr. Callan serves as an analyst for CNN and has provided commentary on current events to other major media outlets. He is active in the legal community through memberships with the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers’ Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.


*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (30%)

Civil Rights (20%): Police Misconduct

Civil Litigation (20%)

Criminal Defense (20%): Criminal Law, Felony, Murder

Media and Advertising (10%): Communications and Media Law

Focus Areas

Police Misconduct, Criminal Law, Felony, Murder, Communications and Media Law


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018

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About Paul Callan

Admitted: 1976, New York

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Honors and Awards:

  • Directory of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Of Counsel,  Edelman & Edelman, P.C., 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10004,, 2015
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • District of New Jersey
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Member, New York State Medical Defense Bar Association
  • Member, Society of Medical Jurisprudence
  • Member, New York County Lawyers Association
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • I an a CNN Legal Analyst write a regular legal column for CNN on topics of national interest., CNN, 2014
  • Author, Jury Selection in Civil Cases, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 1990
  • Adjunct Professor, Media Law, Seton Hall University
  • Contributing Author, A Compendium of the Art of Summation, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 1993
  • Author, Cross Examination of an Economist - A Practical Guide, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 1991
  • Lecturer, New York State Trial Lawyers' Institute


Educational Background:

  • Seton Hall University, Bachelor of Arts, with honors
Office Location for Paul Callan

61 Broadway
Suite 2220
New York, NY 10006

Phone: 212-943-1200


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Last Updated: 3/29/2018

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