Yelena has extensive experience representing corporate and private clients before state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings. Yelena has defended some of the nation’s largest law firms against malpractice, fraud, and other professional-liability claims. Yelena also represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in all aspects of trust and estate litigation, including contested probate proceedings and complex trust disputes.


In addition to being a litigator, Yelena volunteers as an arbitrator in the Kings County Small Claims Court.


Prior to joining Elman Freiberg, Yelena worked at Matalon Shweky Elman and at Ropes & Gray LLP, representing domestic and foreign clients in a wide variety of litigation matters.  


In her free time, Yelena enjoys finding fresh mountain air and has recently taken up skiing.

Selected Experience

  • On behalf of a global law firm, secured the dismissal of a legal-malpractice claim that arose out of a loan litigation.

  • Represented beneficiary in a multi-jurisdiction trust and estate dispute regarding alleged fraudulent transfers.

  • Represented beneficiary of IRA accounts in a dispute with a financial-advisor firm.

  • Represented beneficiaries in an Article 81 guardianship proceeding.

  • Served as lead counsel in a FINRA arbitration that resulted in a complete victory for client.

  • Successfully represented a real estate broker in a lawsuit by a former employee to invalidate a non-compete agreement.

  • Represented a technology company in an adversary proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

  • Defended a large national law firm against a multi-million-dollar malpractice claim in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and in a successful mediation.

  • Defended several AmLaw 100 law firms against malpractice claims in New York State courts.

  • Successfully represented a trademark licensee in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, obtaining a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the trademark owner for breach of the licensee’s right of first refusal.

  • Served as lead counsel to an annuity beneficiary in a dispute with a prior beneficiary in New York State Court.


  • Emory University School of Law (J.D., with honors)
  • Cornell University (B.A., Economics)

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
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