Yotam Barkai

Senior Associate

EDUCATION

  • B.A., Yale University, 2008
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2013
  • magna cum laude

CLERKSHIPS

  • Hon. Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Hon. Katherine B. Forrest, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

FELLOWSHIPS, LEADERSHIP & RECOGNITION

  • Order of the Coif, NYU School of Law
  • Finalist, Marden Moot Court Competition, NYU School of Law
  • Furman Academic Scholar, NYU School of Law
  • Maurice Goodman Memorial Prize for Overall Achievement, NYU School of Law
  • Robert B. McKay Prize in Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law
  • Judge Abraham Lieberman Award in Criminal Law, NYU School of Law
  • Paul D. Kaufman Memorial Award, NYU School of Law
  • Pomeroy Scholar, NYU School of Law
  • Articles Editor, New York University Law Review

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York
  • New York

Yotam Barkai is a senior associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP.

Yotam joined the firm from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. Before joining the firm, he also clerked for the Honorable Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the Honorable Katherine B. Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Yotam’s practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, appeals, and public-interest and civil-rights litigation. He has secured victories for clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout the country and across numerous industries and practice areas. Yotam also has substantial experience involving crisis management and government investigations.

Yotam currently represents individuals who were injured in the August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in a lawsuit against 24 neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and affiliated hate groups who organized and conspired to commit violence at the rally. He has been appointed lead counsel by federal appellate courts in cases involving sentencing under the Armed Career Criminal Act; civil-rights litigation brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983; immigration and the Convention against Torture; and employment discrimination and Title VII. Yotam recently argued and won appeals in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Fifth Circuits and has also presented argument in the New York State Appellate Division, First Department. Yotam’s scholarship has been published in the ABA journal Litigation, the book Wrongful Conviction and Criminal Justice Reform: Making Justice, and the New York University Law Review.

Yotam received his law degree magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and was a Furman Academic Scholar and Pomeroy Scholar. He received the Goodman Prize, the McKay Prize, the Lieberman Award, and the Kaufman Award at graduation. Yotam was a finalist in the Marden Moot Court Competition, in which he also won awards for the best brief in both rounds of competition. In law school, he also served as an Articles Editor for the New York University Law Review, a research assistant for Dean Richard Revesz and Professors Samuel Issacharoff and Rachel Barkow, and a teaching assistant for Professor Richard Epstein.

Yotam began his career as a math teacher for Teach for America in the Bronx in New York City. He received his B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University.

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Published on: January 22, 2021

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