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Bowdoin College, AB 1962
Boston College, JD 1967


Arnold Rosenfeld is a lawyer with extensive experience as both a trial and appellate advocate in civil and criminal cases in the federal and state courts. He presently is a solo practitioner in Boston, (Arnold Rosenfeld Law), concentrating on representing lawyer/clients in bar discipline cases, as an expert witness on legal malpractice cases, and an advisor to lawyers and law firms on the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Professor Rosenfeld has worked in both the public and private sectors. Prior to practicing solo, he most recently was senior counsel at Sarrouf Law, a small litigation firm in Boston, for nine years, and, prior to that, was of counsel in the Boston Office of K&L Gates, a large international law firm, for eleven years. He served as the Chief Bar Counsel of the Office of the Bar Counsel of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) from 1991-1999 and as the first Chief Counsel of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the state public defender organization, from 1984-1990. He was a public defender for sixteen years and additionally served as a member of the CPCS Board, appointed by the SJC, from 2006-2020.

Professor Rosenfeld was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association as the Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline from 2013-2016. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He was the Wasserstein Public Service Fellow in Residence at Harvard Law School in 1997. He also has received several other awards during his legal career including the St. Thomas More Award from Boston College Law School in 2001, and the Thurgood Marshall Award, in 2008, and the Clarence Earl Gideon Award, in 2020, from the Committee for Public Counsel Services. He has written several law review articles and numerous newspaper opinion pieces on the defense of the indigent and the Rules of Professional Conduct in Massachusetts.

He served on active duty as an officer in the US Army (Infantry) from 1963-1965 and was honorably discharged as a Captain in the US Army Reserve in 1968.

He has been teaching Professional Responsibility at Northeastern University School of Law since 1995. He also was a Visiting Professor of Law at Boston University Law School, where he taught Professional Responsibility and a seminar on Attorney-Client Privilege, from 1989 to 2012.

Arnold Rosenfeld