Hannah Berkowitz represents financial services companies, their officers, directors and employees, in securities, antitrust and commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings, and advises clients on practices and procedures to reduce litigation, regulatory and compliance risk and exposure. As a former in house lawyer, she is keenly focused on delivering high quality services efficiently.
Prior to joining Murphy & McGonigle, Ms. Berkowitz held senior positions in the general counsels’ offices of several public companies in the financial services industry. Ms. Berkowitz was Group Executive and Senior Associate General Counsel at Mastercard Worldwide, where she headed up litigation, regulatory, and public policy globally. Prior to Mastercard, she was a Managing Director and General Counsel Litigation at UBS Financial Services Inc., where she supervised in house lawyers and outside counsel involved in a broad range of litigation in the federal and state courts, sales practices and recruiting arbitrations and customer sales practices complaints. During her tenure, she also supervised lawyers in the corporate, mergers and acquisitions and hedge fund area, and provided advice to senior management. Ms. Berkowitz was Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President of PaineWebber Incorporated, heading up firm-wide litigation, including capital markets, retail and asset management. Ms. Berkowitz was personally involved in defending many of the complex and high exposure matters involving the financial services industry, including limited partnerships, Orange County municipal bonds, Nasdaq trading, market-timing, revenue sharing, bank sweep accounts, structured products, CDOs, hedge fund products, equity linked notes, variable annuity insurance products, research, failed public offerings of securities and Enron related matters. She also was involved in the creation of the Protocol, involving lateral recruiting of brokers, which has been adopted by most broker-dealer firms.
Prior to PaineWebber, Ms. Berkowitz was at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she represented domestic and foreign companies in securities, antitrust and commercial litigation, and in criminal investigations. For example, she represented an underwriter and financial advisor in federal and state actions arising out of the failure of First Republic Bank in Texas; an issuer in securities litigation arising out of alleged false earnings projections; and an investment bank in Oklahoma actions relating to mortgage fraud. She also was involved in representing a financial institution in investigations and litigation relating to insider trading and represented companies and individuals in criminal grand jury proceedings. Ms. Berkowitz began her legal career as a law clerk to the late Hon. William C. Conner in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Ms. Berkowitz is an Adjunct Professor at Pace Law School and was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Law. She served as an officer of the Compliance and Legal Division of SIFMA (previously SIA), and Chair of the Amicus Committees of SIFMA, SIA and the former Bond Market Association. She was a member of the National Arbitration & Mediation Committee and is a FINRA arbitrator.
Ms. Berkowitz has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer (2014-15).