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We understand that right now, many New Yorkers have urgent questions about their parenting and custody agreements and arrangements. Coronavirus and the subsequent restrictions imposed on movement have created a sense of uncertainty for many parents. The firm is currently open for business. We are also offering remote consultations via video chat and phone calls. We are here to answer your pressing questions about your custody arrangements during the coronavirus crisis, as well as to speak about any other family law and divorce issues you may have.

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Barry Berkman

Founding Partner

Phone: 212-867-9123 Fax: 212-983-8526

A founding partner of Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP, Barry Berkman received his B.A. degree from Harvard College and his law degree from Stanford University. Specializing in matrimonial law and mediation, he has guided many of his clients to successful, highly satisfactory out-of-court resolutions through the collaborative law process or mediation. He has served on the American Bar Association Task Force on Standards of Practice for Divorce Mediation and has been a member of the Matrimonial Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Berkman also serves as a Mediator on the New York County Supreme Court’s Roster of Matrimonial Mediators. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Family and Divorce Mediation Counsel of Greater New York, and is a co-founder of the New York Collaborative Law Group. Mr. Berkman has taught matrimonial law as an adjunct professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Fordham Law School and teaches mediation at the Center for Mediation in Law. He has made numerous CLE presentations on behalf of the New York, Westchester and Nassau County Bar Associations, as well as the American Bar Association. These activities and his reputation for ethical standards and professional ability among his fellow lawyers have earned him the highest rating, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated SM by Martindale-Hubbell®. Similarly, Mr. Berkman has been selected by his peers for listing in The Best Lawyers in America 2010-2017 edition and in New York Super Lawyers in 2009-2017. Mr. Berkman also spoke about collaborative law on National Public Radio's "This American Life."

"Our clients are going through an extraordinarily difficult time in their lives, and they know they can count on us to be there for them."

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Areas of practice

  • Collaborative Law
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Marital Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Spousal Support
  • Child Custody
  • Alimony
  • Marital Property Distribution
  • Marital Property Settlements
  • Paternity
  • Post-divorce Modification

Honors and Recognitions

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2019 Edition
  • Av Rated Preeminent for 2018 - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
  • Inclusion in SuperLawyers, 2009-2018
  • Inclusion in Best Lawyers, 2010-2019

Professional memberships

  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Former Member, Task Force on Standards of Practice in Mediation)
  • New York Association of Collaborative Professionals (Founding Member)



  • Harvard College, B.A.
  • Stanford University Law School, LL.B.

Admitted to practice law

  • New York
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Barry Berkman

AV Rated