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Practice Areas

Jonathan S. Berck's Practice Areas

Practice Areas

Here's a partial list of the areas in which Jonathan S. Berck practices.
Check with him directly to see if he can assist you in other areas.

Business Transactions

Jon advises and helps startups, small and medium companies, from corporate formation to the drafting of contracts for the company's day-to-day operations. His approach is to review documents, understand the client’s operations and strategy and structure a legal plan tailored to the needs of the business.

Start-ups and entrepreneurs typically need the following services, all of which Jon can provide:

  • Entity Formation
  • Employment Agreements
  • Joint Ventures
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Intellectual Property Issues
  • First-round financing
    • Subscription Agreements
    • Private Placements, or other registration-exempt fundraising

More mature businesses may need assistance revising existing plans, or devising new plans to appropriate to their expanding opportunities.  These may include:

  • Mergers
  • Acquisitions
  • Establishment of subsidiaries
  • Holding companies and offshore entities
  • Licensing and franchise agreements

Much of Jon’s experience has been in the international arena, assisting both domestic and international clients in conducting business across borders.  Jon has spent many years practicing law abroad for major US law firms, and has additional international law experience as a staff attorney for the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, and as a professor of international business law. Jon is licensed to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales and is also fluent in German.


Real Estate

Jon maintains an active real estate practice, assisting clients with the purchase, sale and leasing of residential and commercial properties.


Art Law

Jon engages in a full-service art law practice, representing and counseling artists, art galleries, dealers, art funds and art financing entities.


Life Settlements

Jon has extensive experience with life settlements, and has served as a trustee for both hedge funds and individuals in that field.  He currently advises life settlement brokers and other market participants.


Captive Insurance

Jon uses his experience as a trust and insurance attorney to help businesses establish captive insurance companies to manage retained risk and minimize insurance costs. 


Wills, Trusts and Estates

Jon assists clients with the full gamut of estate planning activities, from drafting basic documents (such as wills, healthcare directives and durable powers of attorneys) to devising sophisticated structures designed to take care of current and future needs.


Trustee and Escrow Services

Jon offers his clients a wide variety of trustee and escrow services. He has been entrusted with billions of dollars of assets distributed over hundreds of trusts.  He frequently serves as an escrow agent in transactions of all kinds.