Leslie A. BerkoffPartner
Leslie A. Berkoff is a Partner with the firm where she serves as the Chair of the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Ms. Berkoff concentrates her practice in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring litigation and corporate workouts, and she represents a variety of corporate debtors, trustees, creditors and creditor committees both nationally and locally. Her practice also includes an emphasis on equipment leasing and healthcare law. Ms. Berkoff is also an experienced litigator and handles corporate transactions both locally and nationally. In addition, Ms. Berkoff has an active alternate dispute resolution practice and frequently serves as a mediator and an arbitrator. She is on the Mediation Panels for the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of the United States Bankruptcy Courts in New York and the United States Bankruptcy Courts in Delaware and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as well as the Commercial Mediation Panel for Nassau County. Ms. Berkoff serves on the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Arbitrators. Ms. Berkoff also serves as a member of the Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals Pro Bono Appellate Mediation Panel. She has also served as a court appointed examiner and guardian ad litem in several bankruptcy cases. She is currently the Chair of the Mediation Sub-Committee of the Chapter 11 Lawyers and Judges’ Advisory Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York and Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Berkoff also serves as a Member of the Dispute Resolution Section Advisory Council of the American Bar Association (ABA), and is Vice Chair of the Business Law Section’s Dispute Resolution Committee. Ms. Berkoff is also Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Prior to joining Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP, Ms. Berkoff served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jerome Feller, United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Eastern District of New York, from 1991 to 1993 and to the Honorable Allyne R. Ross, Federal Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York, from 1990 to 1991.
Ms. Berkoff speaks and publishes extensively and is a recognized leader in her field.
Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. 1990
Editor in Chief, Hofstra Labor Law Journal
State University of Albany, B.A. cum laude 1987
Ms. Berkoff is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of New York and Connecticut.
Ms. Berkoff is Co-Chair of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation’s (IWIRC) Advisory Council. From 2004-2008 she served as Chair of IWIRC, in addition to serving on its Board of Directors for over twenty years. She also served as Co-Chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) Healthcare Insolvency Committee from April 2008-2011 and served as Co-Chair of Special Projects for ABI’s Mediation Committee from 2013-2016. She is an active member of the ABI’s Mediation and Healthcare Committees. She currently serves as a Contributing Editor for the ABI Journal for a regular column entitled Mediation Matters and was Co-Editor of the ABI’s Bankruptcy Mediation Manual (2016) and its Health Care Insolvency Manual, Third Edition (2012). Ms. Berkoff also serves in the Business Law Section of the ABA as Membership Chair of the Business Bankruptcy Committee, as well as the Program Chair of the Bankruptcy Court Structure and Insolvency Process Committee and Vice Chair of the ADR Committee. She is an active member of Women’s Advocate Council of the Litigation Section of the ABA and a member of Women in Dispute Resolution. She is also an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association and a past Chair of its Bankruptcy Committee. In addition, Ms. Berkoff serves on the Board of Editors of Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law and is a past President and board member of Hofstra School of Law’s Alumni Association. Ms. Berkoff has also been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School.
2019-NYSBA Dispute Section Chairperson Award (In recognition of the creation and launch of the Association’s Inaugural Mediation Tournament)
2019-New York Super Lawyers®
2018-New York Super Lawyers®
2017-New York Super Lawyers®
2016-New York Super Lawyers®
2016- The Lawyer International-Legal 100 Winner Insolvency Law Firm of the Year in New
2016-Long Island Outstanding Women in Law Award Hofstra University School of Law
2016-Client Choice Winner Insolvency Law Firm of the Year in New York Corporate INTL Magazine
2015 ALM Top-Rated LI Lawyer Annual Legal Leaders Guide
2015-Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
2015-New York Super Lawyers®
2015-Client Choice Winner Insolvency Law Firm of the Year in New York Corporate INTL Magazine
2014-Client Choice Winner Insolvency Law Firm of the Year in New York Corporate INTL Magazine
2014-New York Super Lawyers®
2013-Long Island’s Top Leadership In Law Award Long Island Business News
2013- Who’s Who In Professional Women Services Long Island Business News
2012-Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women In Business Award & Hall of Fame Inductee Long Island Business News
2011-Who’s Who In Professional Women Services Long Island Business News
2009-International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) Melnik Award
2009-Who’s Who In Women In Professional Services Long Island Business News
2008-Long Island’s Top 50 Women Award Long Island Business News
2005-Honoree-Child Care Council of Nassau Inc.
2005-Honoree-Face to Face (The National Domestic Violence Project & The Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
2004-Hofstra University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award
2004-Long Island’s Top 50 Women Award Long Island Business News