Firm named in 2018 “Best Law Firms” Stamford Metro area for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law by U.S. News® - Best Lawyers.

James Berman, Jed Horwitt, Matthew Beatman, Stephen Kindseth and Eric Henzy listed in “The Best Lawyers in America©” 2018.

James Berman named “Lawyer of the Year” 2018 for Litigation-Bankruptcy by Best Lawyers®.

Stephen Kindseth named Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” 2018 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Eric Henzy named Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” 2018 for Litigation-Bankruptcy.

James Berman, Partner

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Tel: (203) 368-5480
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James Berman is a partner with Zeisler & Zeisler.  During his over 30 years of experience, he has represented a wide array of parties in workouts and bankruptcy proceedings. These include public and private companies, creditors’ committees, buyers and sellers of assets, investors, and high net worth individuals.

Jim is currently representing the following Debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases: Derecktor Shipyards, LLC; The Fletcher-Terry Company; Pratt-Read Corp; Technipower Systems, Inc., the SageCrest hedge funds, and Halo Technologies.  He also recently represented Waterworks Inc and the creditors’ committees the bankruptcy cases of Johnson Memorial Hospital and the Marathon group of nursing homes. Other representative clients include Cannondale as Debtor and the creditors’ committee in Wigs by Paula.

He also serves as an independent fiduciary in the investigation and pursuit of recoveries for investors and other victims of fraud. He is currently is the Chapter 7 Trustee for the bankruptcy estates of the Michael Goldberg Ponzi scheme.

Jim was the law clerk to the Hon. Alan H.W. Shiff, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Connecticut. He is past Chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section.  He served as Counsel to Committee for Revision of Connecticut Bankruptcy Rules and has been a frequent lecturer to groups such as the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Jim has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights: 2001 - 2018; Litigation - Bankruptcy: 2014 - 2018) and Connecticut Super Lawyers for several consecutive years.  Additionally, he was named as the “Stamford Best Lawyers Litigation - Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year” for 2013, 2016 and 2018; and “Stamford Best Lawyers Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year” for 2015 and 2017.

Practice Areas

  • Business Reorganization
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency


  • University of Connecticut Law School,  J.D., 1981
  • Yale University, B.A., 1977

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