LESLIE BERMAN
Attorney at Law

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About Leslie Berman

450 Route 25A, Number 706
East Setauket NY 11733
Phone: 631-675-1139
Fax: 631-883-1064

Ms. Leslie Berman, former law clerk to United States District Judge James T. Trimble, Jr. (2000-2001), United States Magistrate Judge Alonzo P. Wilson (2007), and United States Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay (December 2007-February 2008), has practiced law in New York, New Jersey, and Louisiana since 1993, and taught law in England and Louisiana from 1994-2002. Ms. Berman's arts, culture, and entertainment clients include individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations with local, regional, national, and international concerns.

Ms. Berman was a CJA panel member in the Western District of Louisiana from 2002 – 2006. (CJA is the Criminal Justice Act, which authorizes contract attorneys to represent indigent persons charged with Federal crimes.) During her tenure, she filed a motion opening doors for defense attorneys to use modern technology in the tradition-bound Federal Court of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Ms. Berman graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, where she was Senior Editor of the Law Review in 1992-1993. Her Law Review note, "H, O, P Spells Trouble for Foreign Performing Artists: A Proposal to Correct the Anomalous Award of Temporary Employment Visas to Non-Employees," analyzed the misapplication of non-immigrant work visa status to the arts and entertainment industries' independent contractors - a subject that remains timely today. Following law school, she became a doctoral candidate in legal philosophy and a law, feminism and media studies tutor for visiting student programs, at New College, University of Oxford, U.K.

Ms. Berman has been a Visiting Scholar at Tulane University's Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, a Visiting Lecturer in McNeese State Universityís Womenís Studies and Management, Marketing and Business programs, and an adjunct at Herzing College.

Ms. Berman practices law from her office in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York and gives lectures and workshops on contracts and copyrights to such groups as the People's Music Network, the International Folk Alliance, the Bayou Writers Group, and the Folk Music Society of New York.

Ms. Berman's general and elder law practice includes drafting wills, living wills, healthcare proxies, deeds, pre-nuptial and no-fault divorce agreements, and other personal and business contracts.

© Leslie Berman 1993 – 2015