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Admitted to Practice

  • New York, 2011

Yonatan S. Berkovits

Yonatan Berkovits focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and media litigation, routinely counseling clients on a broad range of legal issues and strategies. Before practicing law, Yonatan worked as a screenwriter for television and film.

Representative Experience

Pras Michel v. NYP Holdings, Inc.

Obtained dismissal on behalf of the New York Post and two of its investigative reporters in defamation suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida brought by rapper Pras Michel, founding member of the Fugees, arising from report on that he “bailed on” and was a “no-show” at a 9/11 benefit concert to benefit his own foundation. Court found article to be non-defamatory opinion. (S.D. Fla. Case no. 14-62649-civ; March 4, 2015)

Klapper v. Viacom, et al.

Representing defendants in libel claims arising out of reality television show "Mob Wives." Dismissed as barred by appearance release and attorney fees awarded. On appeal before 2nd Department (2nd Dep’t, N.Y. App. Div. 2014)

Picciano v.

Defended the owner of an online dating service in an action alleging negligence and false advertising. Action withdrawn after motion to dismiss filed. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2014)

Additional Qualifications

  • Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, New York, N.Y., 2010-2011
  • Summer Associate, McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP, Atlanta, 2008