Jillian B. Berman, Partner, Levine Lee LLP

212 257 4034 direct


Bar Admissions:

New York, District of Columbia

U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth Circuits

Professional Affiliations:

Federal Bar Council

  • Inn of Court
  • Committee on Sentencing and Alternatives to Incarceration

Association of the Bar of the City of New York

  • White Collar Crime Committee
  • Women in the Legal Profession
  • Government Ethics and State Affairs Committee (2012-2017)

Women’s White Collar Defense Association

New York Council of Defense Lawyers

Jillian B. Berman

Jillian B. Berman is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer. Ms. Berman's primary areas of practice are complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, white collar criminal defense and government enforcement proceedings. Ms. Berman represents individuals and companies in connection with investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA and other regulatory agencies involving, among other things, securities and corporate fraud, insider trading, tax fraud and public corruption. Recently, Ms. Berman conducted an internal investigation for a special committee of a Board of Directors of a Fortune 500 Company.

Ms. Berman previously served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York for nine years, where she tried many cases, including a high-profile insider trading case, and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. As a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, Ms. Berman investigated and prosecuted a wide range of federal securities and commodities fraud offenses, and coordinated parallel civil enforcement proceedings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission and other regulatory agencies. Ms. Berman has directed white collar investigations and prosecutions related to insider trading, investment adviser fraud, market manipulation, stock loan fraud, Ponzi schemes and private placement offerings. She also has extensive experience litigating restitution and asset forfeiture issues. Ms. Berman also served in the Violent Crimes Unit at the U.S. Attorney's Office, where she investigated and prosecuted violent street gangs and criminal offenders for offenses including murder, robbery, extortion, and narcotics.

Before entering government service, Ms. Berman clerked for the Hon. Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. Richard L. Williams of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and practiced complex commercial litigation at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington D.C.  Ms. Berman graduated from the University of Chicago Law School (member of the Law Review, Founding Member and Articles Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law, and Co-Director of the StreetLaw Program) and Cornell University (B.S., Industrial & Labor Relations). She has been named in New York SuperLawyers®. She has also been recognized by The Legal 500.

From 2012-14, Ms. Berman was a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, where she co-taught a course on federal prosecution. Ms. Berman currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Adams Street Foundation.