Paul F. Callan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Edelman & Edelman PC
 | 61 Broadway, Suite 2220
New York, NY 10006
Phone: 212-472-2630
Fax: 212-943-0001
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Civil Rights (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%)

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

Civil Litigation (20%)

Civil Rights (20%): Police Misconduct

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

Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018

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About Paul Callan

Admitted: 1976, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • Directory of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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


Educational Background:

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

61 Broadway
Suite 2220
New York, NY 10006

Phone: 212-472-2630

Fax: 212-943-0001

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Last Updated: 2/25/2019

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