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Jillian A. Berman


Jillian A. Berman

Counsel, Head of Corporate & Transactional Pro Bono
New York

Head of Corporate & Transactional Pro Bono. Advises nonprofits, small businesses and entrepreneurs in transactional and corporate matters.

As Head of Corporate & Transactional Pro Bono, Jillian works with lawyers across the firm to advise nonprofits, small businesses and entrepreneurs in a range of transactional and corporate matters. She also oversees the firm’s pro bono senior law, transgender name change, and election protection and voting rights efforts.

Jillian’s extensive work with nonprofits includes assisting them with incorporation, securing federal tax-exempt status, preparing corporate governance documents and board training. She is deeply involved in mentoring junior lawyers to prepare them to take on greater responsibility in subsequent pro bono work as well as in their primary practices.

Jillian began her career as an associate at Davis Polk, and then spent over 20 years in senior positions in legal and compliance at multiple financial services firms. She serves on the board of nonprofit Service Providers for Older People and on the Non-Profit Organizations Committee of the New York City Bar.




Volunteers of Legal Service – “Pro Bono Dean’s List,” 2022 

J.D., Harvard Law School
  • cum laude
  • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
B.A., Political Science, Yale University
  • magna cum laude
Professional history
  • Counsel, Head of Corporate & Transactional Pro Bono, 2024-present
  • Pro Bono Counsel for Corporate & Transactional Matters, 2023
  • Pro Bono Attorney for Corporate & Transactional Matters, Davis Polk, 2021-2023
  • Deborah Buyer Law, 2020-2021
  • Wells Fargo, 2016-2020
  • JPMorgan Chase, 2012-2016
  • Morgan Stanley, 2000-2006 and 2010-2012
  • Park Avenue Bank, 2009-2010
  • Davis Polk, 1998-2000
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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