Hannah Berkowitz represents companies and individuals in regulatory proceedings and securities, antitrust and commercial litigation. She is an independent consultant and monitor for SEC settlements with broker-dealers and investment advisors. Ms. Berkowitz advises clients on legal and compliance policies and procedures. She is keenly focused on efficiently delivering excellent legal services and pragmatic advice.
Prior to joining Murphy & McGonigle, Ms. Berkowitz held senior positions in the general counsels’ offices of public companies. She was Group Executive and Senior Associate General Counsel at MasterCard Worldwide, heading up litigation, regulatory, and public policy globally. She was a Managing Director and General Counsel Litigation at UBS Financial Services Inc. (and its predecessor, PaineWebber, Incorporated), supervising in house lawyers and outside counsel in a broad range of federal and state courts litigation, sales practices and recruiting arbitrations and customer sales practices complaints. While at UBS, she also supervised lawyers in the corporate, mergers and acquisitions and hedge fund areas, and provided insurance and compliance advice.
Prior to PaineWebber, she was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell representing domestic and foreign companies in securities, antitrust and commercial litigation, and in criminal and SEC investigations, including 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; an investment bank in Oklahoma actions relating to mortgage fraud; a financial institution in investigations and litigation relating to insider trading; and a foreign company and its executives in criminal antitrust grand jury proceedings. Ms. Berkowitz was 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 was an Adjunct Professor at Pace Law School and 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 and is a recipient of the YMCA Women Achievers award.