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Eric M. Berman

Eric M. Berman, lawyer, musician. Bar: New York 1982, United States District Court (southern and Eastern districts) 1982.


  • Berman, Eric M. was born on April 1, 1948 in Brooklyn. Son of Bernard and Florence Berman.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Hofstra University, 1970. Master of Arts in Music, New York University, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy in Music, New York University, 1981.

      Juris Doctor, St. John's University, 1981.


    • Instructor public schools, New York, 1970—1971, 1973—1984. Principal tubaist San Antonio Symphony, San Antonio, 1971—1973. Musician, business manager Kapelye Klezmer Band, New York City, since 1981.

      Sole practice, 1982—1987. Partner Smith Carroad Levy and Victor, 1987—1989. Head litigation collection division Finkelstein, Borah, Schwartz, Altschuler & Goldstein, 1990.

      Private practice Eric M. Berman, Professional Corporation, since 1991. Director, counsel Nassau Symphony Orchestra, Garden City, New York, 1982—1995, New Classical Consort, New York City, 1983—1986, Melville (New York ) Brass Ensemble, 1983—1984. Impartial hearing officer New York State Department Education, 1996—1999.

      Speaker in field.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: New York 1982, United States District Court (southern and Eastern districts) 1982.


    • Contributor: Music Sound Output, 1983-1988, Music and the Law, 1983-1984. Musician: (recordings) Levine and His Flying Machine, 1985, Kapelye's Chicken, 1987, Kapelye's On the Air, 1995, Kapelye's Meyer Derekh - New Directions. Author: Why Changes Must Be Made to the Standards of Review Used to Determine Meaningful Attorney Involvement Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 2003.


    Member of American Bar Association, American Collectors Association (member attorney program), Debt Buyers Association, New York State School Music Association, Association of Bar of City of New York, American Arbitration Association (panelist since 1987), New York State Bar Association (executive committee, entertainment arts and sports law section, editor of section publications, commercial and federal litigation section, committee on commercial litigation), Commercial Law League American, National Association Retail Collection Attorneys (vice president, director since 2003).



    Antiques, ping pong/table tennis, tennis.


    • Married Sheri Klein, July 31, 1988.
    • father: Bernard Berman
    • mother: Florence Berman
    • spouse: Sheri Klein
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    Born April 1, 1948
    (age 69)