Jeffrey Berkowitz. Seasoned litigator with nearly 25 years in practice specializing in commercial, real estate, bankruptcy, product liability, and class action matters.

Jeffrey S. Berkowitz

Of Counsel

Business Litigation, Campus Assault Due Process and Civil Rights
New York, New York

Jeff is a seasoned litigator with nearly 25 years in practice, including more than 15 years at two major national firms. He has represented public and private companies in a variety of complex commercial, real estate, bankruptcy, product liability, and class action matters, and has achieved favorable results in numerous difficult cases.

Jeff represents Nesenoff & Miltenberg clients in business litigation, with particular focus on real estate and partnership disputes as well as bankruptcy litigation. He is also involved in the representation of college students in high profile disciplinary matters and civil suits against universities in connection with mistreated students.

He has extensive experience in state and federal courts handling nearly every aspect of trial and appellate litigation, including advising on overall strategy, drafting briefs, arguing motions, taking and defending depositions, and identifying and developing expert witnesses.

In addition to resolving disputes for clients through litigation, arbitration, and private negotiations, Jeff counsels early-stage companies and established business owners on techniques to mitigate the risk of future litigation.


  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D.; Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
  • University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School of Business, B.S. cum laude
  • University of Pennsylvania – College of Arts & Sciences, B.S. cum laude


  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court – New Jersey
  • Defended major hotel chain in alleged breach of contract related to audio-visual conference services across 15 company-owned properties
  • Represented president of large family-owned business in an intra-family dispute regarding repayment of various loans made to the company
  • On behalf of several banks and industrial companies, successfully handled prosecution and defense of foreclosure proceedings on commercial properties and multi-family apartment dwellings
  • Defended mixed-use condominium developer in defense of construction and design defect claims brought by large commercial tenant
  • Represented owner of 16-story New York City building in action to recover damages sustained as a result of negligent construction of building on adjacent property
  • Acted as lead attorney in more than 50 fraudulent conveyance and preference matters related to representation of Chapter 11 trustee in proceeding involving major real estate Ponzi scheme
  • Represented student at elite liberal arts college in high profile disciplinary proceedings and related Title IX claims against university in federal court

February and December 2012: “IP Licenses in Bankruptcy: Strategies for Licensees and Licensors to Protect IP Interests Under the Code,” Strafford CLE.