Jason Berland is an experienced litigator focusing his practice primarily on white collar criminal defense, government and regulatory actions, internal investigations and general commercial litigation. His white collar practice focuses on the defense of companies, executives, entrepreneurs and public officials in federal and state criminal and regulatory investigations. Mr. Berland also represents clients in high-stakes litigation relating to complex business disputes as well as victims who have been defrauded in various types of investment schemes.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Berland spent more than five years at a full-service litigation boutique in New York, where he was a founding partner and chair of the Criminal Defense Group.
In the public sector, Mr. Berland served for eight years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, where he was lead counsel in hundreds of investigations and prosecutions involving securities fraud, money laundering, enterprise corruption, embezzlement, cybercrime, identity theft, larceny, armed robbery, firearms trafficking, narcotics distribution and murder. Mr. Berland was a member of the Firearms Trafficking Unit, which was comprised of a handful of senior trial attorneys who investigated and prosecuted violent crime. He then joined the Major Economic Crimes Bureau, where he focused on all aspects of complex white collar crime investigations and prosecutions. During his tenure, Mr. Berland tried more than twenty felony cases to verdict and argued appeals before the New York State Appellate Division, First Department. Based on his expertise as a trial lawyer, Mr. Berland frequently serves as a faculty member at the New York County District Attorney's Office's Trial Advocacy Program.
As he shares the firm’s commitment to community service, Mr. Berland currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Byram Hills Education Foundation and on the Executive Committee of the Armonk United Soccer Club Management Board.
- American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
- New York State Bar Association, Committee on White Collar Criminal Litigation
- Federal Bar Council
- New York Council of Defense Lawyers
- New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- UJA Criminal Law Group
- Morgenthau-Vance Alumni Group
- Founding partner and chair of the Criminal Defense Group at a full-service litigation boutique in New York
- Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney’s Office
Criminal and Government Investigations
- Represent a bank executive in an investigation being conducted by the Department of Justice Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the EDNY in connection with suspicious bank transactions in the FIFA corruption case
- Represented the founder and CEO of a digital software company indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the SDNY for market manipulation and securities violations
- Represented the COO of a community bank investigated by the Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey for suspicious international wire transfers
Represented the CFO of a Broker-Dealer in a FINRA Enforcement Department investigation, where FINRA ultimately declined to take action
- Represent foreign entities in global asset recovery matters
Represent an international humanitarian relief organization in an internal risk assessment investigation to determine why the entity is prohibited from banking with U.S. financial institutions
- Represented a high-level union official in an investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the SDNY for economic malfeasance
- Represented a New York City real estate developer indicted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the EDNY for receiving kick-backs
- Represented an individual indicted by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office's Cybercrime and Identity Theft Unit for grand larceny in association with a large-scale credit card fraud ring
- Represented a commodities broker indicted by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office's Major Economic Crimes Bureau for Martin Act violations
- Represented an international fund management company who brought a civil RICO action in the SDNY against a purported bond trader who defrauded the client
- Represent an international shipping company and its manager who brought an action for breach of fiduciary duty and unlawful vessel arrest in the SDNY; the clients received a successful result after trial
- Represented a private real estate lender who brought enforcement and fraud actions in New York Supreme Court against a developer who failed to pay back millions of dollars in loans; the client received a successful result after trial
- Represented a bridge financier in a multi-million-dollar breach of contract arbitration with a preeminent New York sports franchise
- Represented an international news correspondent sued in New York Supreme Court for civil assault while stationed in the Middle East
- Represent an entrepreneur in Miami involved in a multi-million-dollar breach of contract mediation with former business partners relating to the sale of securities
- Represented a police chief who brought an action in the SDNY against a New York municipality for First Amendment violations and retaliation
In the News
“The SEC’s latest settlement with Voya Financial is another example of the SEC’s trend over the past few years to crack down on conflicts of interest and breaches of fiduciary duty,” said Lewis Baach partner Jason Berland.
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- Press Release: Woodsford Litigation Funding to provide international litigation boutique Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC with innovative $20m global portfolio financing facility
Woodsford Litigation Funding, one of the leading global third party funders, has announced a funding facility agreement with Lewis Baach which ensures the firm can offer clients an expedited, one-stop arrangement for the financing of high value litigation and arbitration.August 16, 2017
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D. 2003), Executive Board, Moot Court Honor Society; Cardozo Trial Team
- Union College (B.A. 1996)
- New York
- U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York