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Bryan Lane Berson

Litigation Attorney at West Islip, NY

5.0   209 reviews

Licensed for 20 years

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    20%
    Draft Medicaid asset protection trusts to protect assets if senior requires nursing care. Complete Medicaid applications. Use Medicaid exemptions to protect assets. Develop estate plans including wills, revocable trusts, special needs trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and living wills. Represent family members and allegedly incapacitated persons in guardianship proceedings. Completed Article 81 training.

  2. Litigation
    20%
    Represent parties in civil litigation, appeals, arbitration, and settlement negotiations. Advise on commercial, real estate, probate, and trust litigation matters. Highly skilled and experienced legal researcher and writer. Serve as arbitrator and panel chairman. Former judicial law clerk.

  3. Probate
    20%
    Represent executors in probate proceedings and administrators in all phases of the estate settlement process. Advise of sale of businesses and real estate of decedents. Serve as estate fiduciary at request of beneficiaries. Represent parties in probate litigation (e.g., will contests, allegations of undue influence, fraud). Appointed to list of guardians ad litem.

  4. Real estate
    20%
    Advise on residential and commercial real estate closings including purchases and sales of condominiums and co-ops. Represent parties in sophisticated proceedings to remove title defects, quiet title, remove liens, and partition property. Represent parties in landlord-tenant litigation and lease negotiation. Advise on landlord-tenant law. Advise condominium and co-op boards on governance and compliance with real property and commercial law.

  5. Trusts
    20%
    Advise on formation of revocable and irrevocable trusts. Advise trustees and beneficiaries on trust administration. Prepare and review trust accountings. Represent parties in trust litigation.

Clients deserve vigorous effort from their legal counsel.  I advise clients on avoiding risks and recommend against unsound courses of action.  Where possible, I recommend using simple solutions to complex problems and will advise if nothing needs to be done.

I support client needs on an ongoing basis and provide intelligent insight, high value, and thoughtful advice.  I communicate in a clear manner that is meaningful to clients.

I have professional interests in value investing, lean six sigma, economics, and negotiation.

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Licensed for 20 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2003
Updated 07/19/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The Berson Firm, P.C.

Reviews

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Bryan received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Elaine | January 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bryan Berson esq.
In August 2014, Bryan Berson was referred to me by a friend as someone who could help me with my real estate and estate settling problems. Having been new at this process of finding an attorney, I was hesitant to use someone I knew little about; however, the caliber of the recommendations, including testimonials and ratings, were such that I engaged Bryan Berson to represent me. After a very short preliminary conversation, Bryan immediately helped me define my case and brought many issues to light that I had not envisioned. With his experience and knowledge of real estate and estate planning, he was able to provide great insight as to what type of representation I would need for this case. After a very short time researching, Bryan had an iron clad defense. Over the course of this trying suit and seemingly fruitless process, Bryan remained a very vigilant and patient advisor who did not waiver his service or let any frustration show in his attitude or actions. Today I have my property thanks to Bryan. Throughout my short business acquaintance with Bryan, I have found him to be a person of the utmost integrity and a professional in every sense of the word. His commitment to fair business practices and common sense is reflected in the loyalty he has to his client and the respect he engenders from other attorneys. These attributes make him an ally in any real estate/estate planning transaction or negotiation. If my property needs ever require the use of a professional, I will not hesitate to call Bryan immediately. I highly recommend Bryan Berson and the Berson firm. He has been a tremendous asset to me. Sincerely, Elaine Lindsey
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Posted by Christine | March 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A wonderful lawyer
My brother and I obtained Mr. Berson for the closing of our recent house purchase. Our purchase was riddled with a number of hurdles from our lender, appraisers and homeowners insurers. We are so thankful that our lawyer was helpful and very meticulous. He always responded to any and all of our questions very quickly and thoroughly, helping guide us through a complex process that we, as first-time homeowners, were duly unfamiliar with. We would highly recommend Mr. Berson to others and will certainly be using Mr. Berson for any future attorney needs.
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Posted by Natalya | November 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expertise, compassion, knowledge and support
Having to deal with elder law often comes to “ sandwich generation” as an emergency. That’s when clients are looking for an experienced attorney, who is not only capable to break down convoluted law terminology to easily comprehensible information, but also able to empathize with client’s situation. Bryan Lane Berson is knowledgeable and competent attorney, who answers questions, provides much needed support and with his sense of humor, alleviates client’s fears. His professional ethic combined with ability to make light of difficult situation, brings very much needed piece of mind. We’ve turned to Bryan more than once and each time, he comes through for us. I wish the Avvo.com rating system had scale 1-10, for he deserves more than 5 stars.
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Estate Plan
The experience of updating our will and estate planning documents (Will, Living Will, Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy) with Bryan was seamless and very efficient. It had been some time since we last updated our estate documents. Bryan's attention to detail was pleasing to see as he guided my wife and I through the process, always answering our questions in a timely, matter of fact and simple way to understand was very comforting. We'd recommend Bryan highly to others who are in need of these services.
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Posted by LYNN | September 18, 2022
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Bryan Berson- number #1
Highly Recommended. He was very polite, not pushy. He helped me along my journey with his excellent legal advise. He answered every question & concern with the upmost care. He gave me feedback on numerous occasions to help ease the obstacles I had to handle. I was very satisfied with his professionalism and kindness. I would highly recommend him to anyone who really needs a lawyer who truly cares. If could give him 10 stars I could. Pleasure to deal with. Professional and truly nice guy.
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Posted by Kerry | September 13, 2022
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Excellent Representation
Bryan Berson was very knowledgeable and helpful in litigating an issue I had with a bank. Not only was he able to resolve the issue, Bryan also convinced the bank to compensate me for my trouble. My husband and I also used Bryan to put together our estate planning. He made what we thought would be a complicated issue very easy and offered excellent suggestions as well. Bryan was not only very knowledgeable, but he was kind and very patient with us. We highly recommend Bryan Lane Berson and the Berson firm.
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Posted by Robert | September 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney
Excellent experience with Bryan. He was very thorough and answered all of our questions. Never felt rushed or pressured.
Posted by John | July 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top notch service
We hired Bryan for help processing a family member’s estate. It’s a difficult thing to go through when you’ve lost someone and it’s an incredibly complicated procedure to try and figure out at a very difficult time. Bryan made everything easy. He was always there to answer questions promptly and guided us through the entire process from start to finish. He’s personable, professional, and very efficient. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Joan | June 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Good Council and good help
Mr. Berson explained what I would need and why. Took the time to be sure I understood what a living will and an trust meant. I am relieved and feel confident in the decisions I have made with his help. Thank you.
Posted by Chunyee | June 2, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Real Estate and Mortgage Lawyer
I consulted Bryan for his professional service when I was facing a difficult situation regarding selling of a real property and settling a mortgage. It involves close friends and family members. Bryan was able to explain to me the legal aspect of the situation and help me get proper paperwork in place to protect my interest. I have to make some difficult decisions, with Bryan's help and advice, I feel comfortable throughout the process.
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Posted by JoAnn | April 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Bryan had been indispensable in dealing with my real estate and elder law issues of late. He is very communicative and responsive to my questions and concerns with some very involved and confusing issues that have occurred. I’ve been nothing but pleased and would highly recommend him and his services.
Posted by Kirk | March 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Total professional
I don’t think Bryan sleeps much. I would wake up and find emails from him that he would send at 2am or 3am. Everything that we asked him to do he did it. We contacted him because of his prior reviews. You would be hard pressed to find someone better. Thank you…Bryan!
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Bryan was efficient and answered all questions I had. Bryan did my will, trust and health care proxy. He knows how to put clients at ease and makes sure you all your options.
Posted by ARY | March 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best I encountered
I retained Bryan Berson's services to draw up a will, trust and all the relevant financial planning documents. Bryan is the most responsive, attentive, detail-oriented, competent attorney I ever worked with. I had some unconventional circumstances that had to be covered in the documents and Bryan worked tirelessly, coming up with different scenarios in multiple iterations to accommodate the needs, always very patient and explaining everything in a calm and friendly demeanor . Highly recommend...
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Posted by Fernando | February 1, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A layer that is very knowledgeable and caring
I have consulted with Mr. Berson in many matter of the law when my legal situation requires a lawyer that is not only a excelente profesional but some one that understand the position that you are and, that with sounds avise helped me to navigate with success every one of the legal issues that I have consulted with him. I recommend his services to any one that is looking for the services of an A1 Lawyer!
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Posted by Donald F | January 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Service Unsurpassed - "Best Attorney"
Bryan Berson, Esq. represented us during our real estate transaction. He provided legal services which exceeded any and all our expectations. We are so very impressed with Mr. Berson. He presented himself as a consistent, informed, honest and caring ally while we navigated this intricate process. We unequivocally recommend Bryan Berson.
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Posted by Damien | December 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Help with a Landlord-Tenant Issue
Attorney Berson is an excellent lawyer to work with and is extremely attentive. He kept in regular contact and allowed for an open line of communication to ensure we were always on the same page. I can say with certainty that I would recommend Bryan Berson to anyone facing landlord-tenant troubles.
Posted by Sal | November 29, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent service
Bryan was extremely responsive, knowledgeable and responsive. He was prompt in his response and genuinely caring about my personal situation. I highly recommend Bryan!
Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and conscientious
Bryan guided us through the process of dividing up two properties where several family members had inherited a partial share. He ensured that all parties understood the documents to be signed. The properties have been divided per our wishes and the family members are all still on speaking terms!
Posted by Keith Grange | October 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal help with Eastern LI Beach Property
Bryan did a fantastic job walking me through the various options to properly protect a family owned piece of property situated in a very coveted spot of Eastern Long Island. Bryan presented all the viable options to move forward, incorporating both Real Estate and Elder Care law for our situation. Once the proper legal path was selected, Bryan then diligently navigated the process of forming a Real Estate LLC and deeding the property to the LLC. Bryan was extremely thorough and knowledgeable about the legal documentation to execute this transaction. Bryan also took time to answer questions any time I required additional clarifications on the meaning of various NY State legal documents. The best concrete example of why I recommend Bryan is that he will remain our attorney moving forward and will represent our legal interests required for building a structure on the property.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney, President, Owner
  • The Berson Firm, P.C.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Private Law Practice
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, N.Y.
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Law Clerk
  • Delaware Court of Chancery
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Intern
  • Nasd, Department Of Enforcement
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Intern - Ratings Services
  • Standard & Poor's
  • 1999 - 1999
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Education

  • Cornell Law School
  • Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • 2002
  • Hofstra University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, summa cum laude
  • 1999
  • West Islip High School
  • Regent's Diploma
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • Implemented elder law plan and transfered assets under Medicaid rules
  • Protected over $600,000
  • Puchase of co-op
  • Successful purchase
  • Purchase of $1 million + condominium in Manhattan
  • Succcessful purchase
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Associations

  • Mid-Island Benevolent Association, Inc.
  • President
  • 2022 - Present
  • West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition
  • Advisory Council member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • Arbitrator, Panel Chairman
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Futures Association
  • Arbitrator
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Admitted
  • 2008 - Present
  • Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Admitted
  • 2004 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Admitted
  • 2004 - Present
  • Mid-Island Benevolent Association, Inc.
  • Vice President
  • 2015 - 2022
  • Sons of the American Legion
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Massapequa Elks Lodge No. 2162, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
  • Presiding Justice of the Subordinate Forum
  • 2012 - 2021
  • Masonic Lodge, F. & A.M.
  • Secretary
  • 2009 - 2010
  • New York Society of Security Analysts
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2010
  • New York City Bar Association, Private Investment Funds Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2010
  • New York City Bar Association, Financial Reporting Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2010
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2022
  • Esther & Irving Rosenbloom Prize for excellence in law & finance
  • Cornell Law School
  • 2002
  • Valedictorian and Commencement Orator
  • Hofstra University
  • 1999
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Award
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Alumni in New York City
  • 1999
  • Valedictorian and Commencement Orator
  • West Islip High School
  • 1996
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Publications

  • Thomson West publication
  • Fees, Costs, and Disbursements
  • 2005
  • Practising Law Institute
  • Secondary Liability After Enron
  • 2004
  • Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal
  • Private Market Reforms for Social Security
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Square Club Speaker Series
  • Immediate Steps to Take When Someone Dies
  • 2014
  • Radio program
  • Examining the Presidency of Barack Obama - Part II
  • 2014
  • Radio program
  • Examining the Presidency of Barack Obama - Part I
  • 2013
  • Radio program
  • The Evidence Against Gun Control; and Ending the Drug War
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (21)
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Real estate Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan is exactly the type of attorney you want on your side. He is highly intelligent, extremely detail-oriented and very tenacious. Above all, he is very honest. Unlike many attorneys, if he doesn't think you need legal service (e.g., he can point you towards an alternative resource), he has no problem doing just that. But if you find yourself with a genuine legal issue on your hands in any of his areas of expertise, you can rest easy knowing he will zealously fight for your cause. HIghly recommended."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan is thoughtful, highly intelligent, and has a brilliant legal mind. Bryan is a tenacious and zealous advocate for his clients. His focus is on his clients' needs and he works diligently on their behalf to achieve the best possible outcome. Further, Bryan has an exemplary character; he is honest, trustworthy and highly ethical. I would recommend Bryan without any reservations."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan Berson is extremely knowledgeable about the law and finds innovative ways to advance his clients’ interests. I recommend him without reservation."
Probate Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Friend
"Bryan is not only an outstanding attorney, but an amazing advisor. His analytical and substantive understanding of the law is unparalleled. He is trustworthy, innovative, and is always looking for novel ways to help others. Not only that - he does so proactively and without reservation. If you're in need of legal services, I cannot recommend anyone better than Bryan Berson."
Business Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"It is without reservation that I endorse Bryan Berson. Bryan and I worked together at the law firm of Skadden Arps. Bryan had recently concluded a prestigious clerkship with the Delaware Court of Chancery. It was clear from my initial conversations that Bryan was one of the more intellectual and practical new associates. I found Bryan to be hardworking, professional, and dedicated. In my personal observations, I found that Bryan was skilled at legal research, quick on his feet and more than capable of handling any challenges. Bryan was someone I could (and did) turn to for advice. In addition to being a talented lawyer, Bryan is also a good person. He is an ethical lawyer, very personable and someone who made working late nights more enjoyable."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is with great pleasure and without hesitancy that I endorse Bryan Berson as a lawyer. I was fortunate to be Bryan's roommate and classmate at Cornell Law School. Because of the close relationship I have developed with Bryan, I have been able to form sound judgments on his intellectual and leadership abilities as well as his personality. It is Bryan's unique and complimentary combination of traits - his gifted legal mind, fine attention to detail, and his self-starting personality - that make him an ideal person to turn to for trusted legal advice. At Cornell Law, I saw firsthand how he consistently mastered research and writing assignments with a knack for being creative yet thorough in his methodology of organizing and analyzing large amounts of information. He has the ability to grasp complex problems and work towards innovative solutions. He has a maturity well beyond his years. Bryan is also friendly, approachable, and someone you should have on your side when it matters most."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bryan Berson is an ethical, intelligent, conscientious, and knowledgeable attorney, who is willing to devote the time and resources to determine whether a client has a prosecutable case. I highly recommend Mr. Berson for landlord/tenant and real estate law, as well as his other fields of practice."
Probate Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because of his clear positive thinking and ability to solve problems. He is very intelligent and has the ability to be friendly while tenaciously staying with a problem in his head. I can't help it, he is my go to in NY and if yours, you won't be disappointed"
Unknown Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Berson is an asset to the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan brings a thoughtful perspective to the service of his Estate Planning clients. He guides them through one of the most important planning aspects of life. He is a credit to the legal profession and as a colleague I'm proud to endorse him."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Berson is a well-respected attorney in the industry. He generously gives his time to help people on AVVO. I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Berson provides his clients with solid legal advice."
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Top Contributor 2018
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West Islip Litigation Lawyer Bryan Lane Berson
Bryan Lane Berson
Litigation Attorney
West Islip, NY
Licensed for 20 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available