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Leslie A. Berkoff

Partner
T: (516) 873-2000 Ext. 243
F: (516) 873-2010
E: lberkoff@moritthock.com

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Leslie A. Berkoff is a Partner with the firm where she serves as the Chair of the firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group, is the former Chair of the Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, and serves on the firm’s Management Committee.  Ms. Berkoff splits her time between these two Practice Groups.  In the restructuring space, she concentrates her practice in chapter 11 cases, bankruptcy litigation and corporate workouts where she represents a variety of corporate debtors, trustees, creditors and creditor committees both nationally and locally.  Ms. Berkoff’s Dispute Resolution practice has her frequently serving as an ad hoc and panel mediator, she is on the Mediation Panels for the Eastern and Southern 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, Bronx County, the Nassau County Bar Association, and the American Arbitration Association. Ms. Berkoff is a trained arbitrator and serves on the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Commercial Arbitrators and Mediators including the Large Complex Case Panel, the AAA-ICDR International Panel and is a member of the AAA-ICDR Council. Ms. Berkoff also serves as a member of the Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals Pro Bono Appellate Mediation Panel and is a Special Master in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, First and Second Judicial Departments Mediation Programs. Ms. Berkoff is also frequently appointed by Judges in both the New York County and Nassau County Courts as a Receiver, Special Master and Referee.

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.

Education

Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. 1990
Editor in Chief, Hofstra Labor Law Journal

State University of New York at Albany, B.A. 1987 cum laude

Admissions

Ms. Berkoff is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut.

Affiliations

  • Member, Chief, January 2023 – Present
  • Commercial Law League of America, 2022 – Present
  • National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (NAFER) October, 2020 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Business Law Section, Vice-Chair 2018-2021, Chair April 2021 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Member of the Sections of Dispute Resolution, Business Law and Litigation, 1993 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Contributing Editor, Editorial Board, Business Law Today, 2018 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section Liaison to the Dispute Resolution Section’s Advisory Council, September 2015 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Business Bankruptcy Committee, Member 2014 to Present, Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Healthcare and Nonprofits in Bankruptcy, May 2014 to Fall 2017, Membership Chair 2018 to Spring 2020, Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Programs, Fall 2020 to Present
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Bankruptcy Study & Policy Committee, Member 2015 to 2023; Program Committee Chair 2017-2019, Vice-Chair, 2020 to 2023
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, October 2015 – Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member 1994 – Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Healthcare Insolvency Committee, Member 2001 to Present, Committee Co-Chair, April 2008 to 2011
  • American Bankruptcy Institute’s Mediation Committee, member 2001 to Present, Co-Chair of Special Projects, 2013 to 2018, Co-Chair of the Committee, August 2018 to May 2020
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Contributing Editor, Mediation Matters, Quarterly Column, 2017 to Present
  • Long Island Imagine Awards Planning Committee, 2019 to Present
  • International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Member 1993 to Present, Secretary/Treasurer 2000- 2002, Vice Chair 2002 to 2004, Chair 2004 to 2008
  • International Women’s Insolvency Restructuring Confederation, Co-Chair Advisory Council, 2013 to 2016, and 2023 to Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Member 1991 to Present
  • New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s Mediation Committee, Member 2017 to present, Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee, June 2018 to June 2020, Co-Chair of the Ethical Issues and Ethical Standards Committee, June 2020 to June 2022
  • New York State Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section, Member 2015 to Present, Member of the Executive Committee May 2020 to present, Member of the Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation Committee, October 2021 to Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Member of the ADR Advisory Council, June 2022 to Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Member of the Bankruptcy Law, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees 1993 to Present, and former Chair Bankruptcy Committee 2002 to 2004
  • New York City Bar Association, Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization, September 2020 to Present
  • New York City Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Committee, 2018 to Present

Recognitions

  • Spring 2023-NYSBA Chair Award in Recognition for Leadership, Dedication and Commitment to the Teaching and Development of Mediation
  • 2023-New York Super Lawyers® The Top Women Attorneys in New York
  • 2023-Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers
  • January 2022-LIBN’s Power Lists of 2021 Law, Accounting, Banking, Finance, Healthcare, Power Women and Most Powerful Long Islanders!
  • 2022-New York Super Lawyers® The Top Women Attorneys in New York
  • 2022-Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers
  • 2021-Top Women In Asset-Based Lending ABF Journal
  • March 2021-Top Power 25 in Law, Long Island Business News
  • 2020-New York Super Lawyers® New York Metro Top Women
  • 2020-Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers
  • 2019-NYSBA Dispute Section Chairperson Award in Recognition of the Creation and Launch of the Association’s Inaugural Mediation Tournament
  • 2014-2023-New York Super Lawyers®
  • 2016-2023-The Lawyer International – Legal 100 Award
  • 2016-Long Island Outstanding Women in Law Award, Hofstra University School of Law
  • 2015 ALM Top-Rated LI Lawyer, Annual Legal Leaders Guide
    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
  • 2009-Who’s Who In Professional Women Services, Long Island Business
  • 2009-International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) Melnik Award
  • 2008-Long Island’s Top 50 Women Award, Long Island Business News
  • 2005-Honoree-Face to Face (The National Domestic Violence Project & The Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
  • 2005-Honoree-Child Care Council of Nassau Inc. Charity – Golf Classic Outing & Casino Night
  • 2004-Long Island Woman Businessperson of the Month, Molloy College
  • 2004-Hofstra University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2004-Long Island’s Top 50 Women Award, Long Island Business News
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