• Jillian B. Berman

    500 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10110

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    Ms. Berman focuses on defending individuals and companies in white-collar criminal matters, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, and internal investigations.  She also advises corporations and boards of directors on securities and regulatory issues.  Her representations include matters relating to securities and commodities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, accounting fraud, money laundering, rates fixing, antitrust, asset forfeiture, bribery and public corruption, election fraud, fiduciary duties, and legal ethics.  Ms. Berman also represents individuals and entities in complex commercial litigation, and handles matters involving cryptocurrency and cyber fraud.  Chambers recognized and with two decades of experience, Ms. Berman represents corporate executives, portfolio managers and finance professionals, law firms, broker dealers, real estate firms and other companies.


    Before entering private practice, Ms. Berman 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 10 criminal 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 SEC, the CFTC, and other regulatory agencies.  She also directed white-collar investigations and prosecutions related to insider trading, investment advisor fraud, market manipulation, stock loan fraud, Ponzi schemes, and private placement offerings. 


    A frequent speaker on legal issues, Ms. Berman previously served as a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School.  She is the program coordinator for the New York chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association and the membership chair of New York Council of Defense Lawyers.  Ms. Berman also serves on the board of directors for the Adams Street Foundation, which funds and implements individualized programming for low-income high school students in downtown Brooklyn to prepare them for college and career success.


    Ms. Berman has been recognized by Chambers USA in the area of White Collar Crime and Government Investigations (2019) as well as Super Lawyers (2015-present) and The Legal 500


    Before entering government service as a prosecutor, 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.  She also practiced complex commercial litigation at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C.  

  • Education

    University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2000)

    Member, University of Chicago Law Review

    Founding Member & Articles Editor, Chicago Journal of International Law

    Co-Director of the StreetLaw Program


    Cornell University (B.S., 1997) 

    Government Service

    Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, SDNY (2004-2013)


    Law Clerk, Hon. Dennis Jacobs, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2001-2002)


    Law Clerk, Hon. Richard L. Williams, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (2000-2001)



    New York

    District of Columbia


    U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Fourth Circuits

    U.S. District Court, SDNY

    U.S. District Court, EDNY

    Professional Activities

    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 Chapter, Program Coordinator


    New York Council of Defense Lawyers

            Membership Chair