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Barry Berkman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in New York, NY

Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, LLP
521 5th Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10175
Phone: 212-867-9123
Fax: 212-983-8526
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2021
Licensed in New York Since: 1966
Education: Stanford Law School
Practice Areas: Family Law (50%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (50%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Barry Berkman is a founding partner with Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP law firm, which has law offices in White Plains and New York, New York, as well as Hackensack, New Jersey. A nationally ranked lawyer with more than 55 years of total legal experience, Mr. Berkman provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout the greater New York City metro and surrounding areas of Westchester County and Hackensack who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Divorce
  • Collaborative law
  • Mediation
  • Equitable distribution, property distribution and settlements
  • Marital agreements
  • Pre- and postnuptial agreements
  • Separation agreements
  • Child custody and support
  • Spousal support
  • Alimony
  • Paternity
  • Post-divorce modifications

As a family law attorney, Mr. Berkman has achieved significant success helping his clients resolve their conflicts through collaborative law and mediation in order to help them achieve their goals and the favorable outcomes they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. A leader in these legal areas, he has served on the Task Force on Standards of Practice for Divorce Mediation with the American Bar Association, and he is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Matrimonial Committee.

In addition, he is also listed on the New York County Supreme Court’s Roster of Matrimonial Mediators, and he has served on the board of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York. He is also the co-founder of the New York Collaborative Law Group, and he has facilitated classes involving matrimonial law at Fordham Law School and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and he has conducted numerous lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region on a variety of family law topics.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Berkman has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell as well as consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America. He has also received many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers along with numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1962 graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Berkman obtained his bachelor's degree in law from Stanford University Law School in 1965. He holds his admission to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

*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
  • 50%Family Law
  • 50%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Arbitration, Mediation


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2021

About Barry Berkman

First Admitted: 1966

Professional Webpage:


  • , The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2010 - 2019
  • , Best Lawyers, 2010-2019
  • , Super Lawyers, 2009-2018
  • , AV Rated Preeminent for 2018 - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Teacher, Mediation, Center for Mediation in Law
  • Divorcing Couple's House Divided by Wall, New York Divorce Report, January 23, 2007
  • Adjunct professor, Matrimonial Law, Fordham Law School
  • Adjunct professor, Matrimonial Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Amiable Unhitching, With a Prod, New York Times, May 20, 2004
  • Divorce, Without the Courts, Miller Boileau Family Law Group, May 20, 2004
  • Litigation Collaborative Law Explained, New York Law Journal, February 22, 2005
  • Mediation Barriers, Divorce Magazine, 2006

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Mediator, New York County Supreme Court’s Roster of Matrimonial Mediators
  • Board of Directors of the Family and Divorce Mediation Counsel of Greater New York

Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Matrimonial Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • New York Association of Collaborative Professional, Founding Member
  • American Bar Association, Former Member, Task Force on Standards of Practice in Mediation
  • New York
  • New York State Bar Association
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Educational Background

  • Harvard College, B.A.
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Office Location for Barry Berkman

521 5th Avenue
31st Floor
New York, NY 10175

Phone: 212-867-9123

Fax: 212-983-8526

Last Updated: 4/21/2021

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