Barry Berke is a famous trial lawyer. He is a partner at Kramer Levin in New York City. Berke, 55, is one of the nation’s leading defence attorneys, who is known for representing white-collar defendants.
Barry Berke Wiki
Berke was born in 1964 (age 55; as in 2019) in the U.S., Barry H. Berke graduated from Duke University in 1986 and then graduated from Harvard University Law School in 1989. After that, He is working as a federal public defender at Federal Defenders of New York.
Berke told Law Dragon, in a 2013 interview:
When I decided to go to law school, I had a keen interest in being a trial lawyer and a belief that I wanted to be a criminal defence lawyer. That was reaffirmed by my experiences at Harvard, which included representing prisoners in disciplinary proceedings as part of a Harvard Law School organization known as Prisoners Legal Assistance Project, or PLAP. As part of my work with PLAP, I ended up representing an individual who had been convicted of a serious crime and had been representing himself in challenging many aspects of his trial.
Under the Massachusetts student practice rules, I was able to serve him, along with a fellow student, in a series of hearings attacking his conviction. The case received a lot of attention, and the trials were even televised.
After graduating, I had a clerkship for a federal judge in the Southern District of New York. My plan upon graduating had been to try to get a position in a federal defenders’ office after my clerkship.
When I arrived in New York, virtually everyone told me that if I ultimately wanted to have a white-collar criminal defence practice in New York City, I had first to be a federal prosecutor, which was the tried and true route for most of the white-collar defence bar in the city at the time.
While I received this advice from many respected sources, I decided to keep my original plan, since I had always wanted to defend, I knew I would be doing something good for the community by being a public defender. It would be a great way to learn how to be a trial lawyer.
I was lucky enough to be offered a position in the Federal Defenders’ Office for the Southern District of New York. I found it to be a transformative experience, and I loved every minute of it.
It was an extraordinary place to learn how to do everything that defines being a criminal defence lawyer, from cross-examining the government’s cooperating witnesses, to speaking directly to juries, to learning the importance of having a path to victory that has to inform every aspect of a successful defence.
I was fortunate to try 19 cases involving a wide variety of alleged offences and had the benefit of wonderful and generous colleagues who were always willing to share their experiences, feedback, and ideas. Those experiences were critical in helping me to become the lawyer that I am today.
Berke has worked for Kramer Levin for several years, rising to become a partner at the high-powered New York City law firm. In addition to his legal work, Berke has also been an adjunct law professor at New York University. He has been involved in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Federal Defenders of New York Inc.
He has also played a role in several charity efforts, including the Coalition for the Homeless, the Lincoln Center and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
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Barry Berke Family
Barry is married to Alison Berke, who is a Personal Trainer, Health Coach & Former TV news producer. They have four children.
Barry Berke Wiki and Quick Information
Full Name: Barry H. Berke
Date of Birth: 1964
Born Country: U.S
Current Residence: High Falls, New York
Ethnicity: White Caucasian
Profession: Attorney / Partner at Kramer Levin
Marital Status: Married
Wife: Alison Berke
Children: Four (3 daughters and a Son)
Net Worth: $2 million
Height: 5 ft 11 in