About barry
“Our clients are going through an extraordi-
narily difficult time in their lives, and they know they can count on us to be there for them.”
- barry berkman

Barry Berkman is a founding partner of Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd and specializes 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. 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 and in New York Super Lawyers. Mr. Berkman recently spoke about collaborative law on National Public Radio' "This American Life."



  • 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
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)
Areas of practice
  • Divorce
  • Collaborative Law
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Family Law
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Marital Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Spousal Support
  • Alimony
  • Marital Property Distribution
  • Marital Property Settlements
  • Paternity
  • Post-divorce Modification