Brian Beckerman is a seasoned litigator with a diverse employment and high-stakes commercial litigation practice, with a particular emphasis on trade secrets disputes and contract disputes in the aviation and aerospace and technology industries.

Brian advises clients in matters in New York State and federal courts and other Northeast U.S. jurisdictions. Among his recent victories, Brian successfully obtained permanent injunctive relief and a damages award against two former employees following their theft of trade secrets and confidential and proprietary information. He also successfully defended a leading multinational aerospace company against contract and tort claims in a $200 million dispute arising out of the bankruptcy of a business aircraft charter company. In addition, Brian co-tried a bench trial on behalf of a family in an action arising from a trustee’s breach of fiduciary duties, resulting in a damages award and immediate removal of the trustee.

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Brian is also an authority on the force majeure doctrine and related common law excuse doctrines as they pertain to COVID-19. He regularly advises startup clients on issues related to corporate governance and internal restructurings.

Before joining the firm in 2016, Brian was a legal intern at the Office of the Attorney General in Washington, DC, where he worked in the Public Safety Unit assisting with the prosecution of low-level criminal offenders. He also worked as an intern at the Employment Rights Unit of the Office of the Attorney General in Hartford, CT, where he assisted in defending state agencies against employment-related claims.

Representative Experience

  • Representing a technology startup in a trade secrets dispute against a competitor following the misappropriation and use of confidential and proprietary business information.
  • Representing a multinational electric vehicle company in a $20 million dispute against contract and tort claims relating to employee stock options.
  • Representing a multinational aerospace company in a $200 million dispute against contract and tort claims relating to the bankruptcy of a business aircraft charter company.

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  • Representing a New York City-based staffing agency in a dispute against shareholder-related claims.
  • Representing an international venture capital investment firm in connection with claims resulting from the bankruptcy of a professional sports conglomerate.
  • Represented an insurance underwriting company in a dispute against a competitor regarding a former employee’s breach of restrictive covenants.
  • Represented a multinational aerospace company in a $1 billion dispute with its subcontractor.
  • Represented a major aerostructures manufacturer in a $60 million contract dispute concerning an asset acquisition.
  • Represented a multinational hedge fund in nationwide, multidistrict litigation involving aviation finance venture.
  • Successfully represented beneficiaries of a trust in a litigation against defendant trustee who was a one-time family friend, with possible damages under consideration. At the end of the three-day bench trial, the court granted an expansive interim order, finding for our clients, the descendants of a family that founded a major agricultural and energy conglomerate, and holding that the defendant breached his fiduciary duties. The judge ordered his immediate removal and appointed an interim trustee.
  • Successfully defended at trial a nationwide financial institution in connection with multidistrict real estate litigation.
  • Successfully defended a nonprofit environmental company against a $60 million contract dispute.
  • Successfully defended two Attorneys General in a lawsuit regarding the enforcement of statutory law against a company engaged in printing 3D guns.
  • Represented a transportation company in mediation over an $80 million rail car manufacturing dispute.
  • Represented a New York City-based holding company in connection with nationwide litigation stemming from foreign and domestic environmental claims.

Professional Highlights

  • Advisor to the New York Court of Appeals' Permanent Commission on Access to Justice.
  • Advisor to the New York Court Commercial Division Advisory Council.
  • Contributor to Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, Fourth Edition, treatise.

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  • Head coach of a Queens high school moot court team and mock trial team in statewide competitions.
  • Legal Intern at the NYU Business Law Transactions Clinic, where he assisted a NYC charitable bail fund and an international education and healthcare initiative program based in Indonesia and Laos.
  • Speaking Engagements
    • Panelist, "COVID and the Law: Contract Litigation," Vanderbilt Law School Presentation, September 17, 2020
    • "High Stakes Litigation in 2020: Navigating the Current Administration, Aviation Safety and the Coronavirus," Harvard Law School, March 9, 2020


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2016
    Recipient, NYU Pollack Center Award for Journal Distinction

    B.A., University of Connecticut, 2012
    magna cum laude


  • New York


  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit