Yosef focuses on commercial disputes, real estate litigation, and professional liability claims against national law firms. He has drafted briefs, at both the trial court and appellate levels, resulting in the dismissal of multi-million dollar claims against his clients; has taken and defended critical depositions; and has spearheaded successful negotiations resulting in very favorable settlements.

Prior to Elman Freiberg, Yosef worked at Matalon Shweky Elman, and before that, at Debevoise & Plimpton, and O’Melveny & Myers, representing major financial institutions and insurance companies in high stakes litigations and internal investigations.

Selected Experience

  • Represented a large law firm in a malpractice case alleging various claims for failure to properly register a trademark for over a year, and then failing to disclose a competing trademark before the client launched its product in the marketplace.  After significantly narrowing the issues through a motion to dismiss, the client was able to achieve a favorable settlement that included no admission of any wrongdoing.  

  • Represented a licensor in a dispute with its licensee, involving Lanham Act, unfair competition and breach of contract claims.  After defeating a motion to dismiss and aggressively pursuing discovery, client was able to recover full control of its trademark and licensing rights on very favorable terms.   

  • Represented a law firm in a dispute with a former client concerning a settlement reached in the middle of a trial.  After successfully outmaneuvering the law firm’s former client during early motion practice on procedural grounds, the former client dismissed its claim against the firm. 

  • Represented an AmLaw 100 firm in a malpractice claim by a former client concerning a series of related cases filed on behalf of the former client in connection with various closely held family businesses.  After discovery during which we were able to muster evidence to contradict every factual allegation raised by the former client, the former client abandoned its case.  

  • Represented a large commercial real estate company and its related special purpose entities in various business-to-business disputes, investor disputes, lender disputes, and landlord-tenant disputes.    

  • Represented various Fortune 500 companies in internal investigations connected to investigations conducted by and subpoenas issued by the US Department of Justice, the SEC, and/or the New York Attorney General.  

  • Represented a client in a contempt proceeding against her ex-husband for failure to pay child support.  After a full evidentiary hearing, the Court held the ex-husband in contempt, awarded the client a money judgment, issued an arrest warrant for the ex-husband, and had the Marshal’s office execute the warrant.  Immediately before incarceration, the ex-husband paid a large lump sum towards the judgment, and has complied with his monetary obligations ever since.

  • In a pro-bono matter, successfully represented the wife of a 9/11 victim in Surrogate’s Court and before the Worker’s Compensation Board.  

  • Awarded the Pro Bono Award for outstanding service to low-income clients by New York Legal Aid for representing the first religious Sikh inmate in the New York State Department of Correctional Services.  Filing suit under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, Yosef forced the Department to provide various accommodations and amend it rules and regulations to accommodate the religious practices of Sikhs in prison.


  • Columbia Law School (J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Social Problems)
  • Yeshiva University (B.A., Economics)

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

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