Yuval D. Bar-Kokhba has over twenty-three years of experience litigating through trial cases related to employment law, medical malpractice, general liability, insurance coverage, products liability and commercial disputes.
Mr. Bar-Kokhba manages the firm’s Employment Practices Group. He has successfully litigated complex labor and employment cases before State Courts, Federal Courts, the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York State Division of Human Rights.
Mr. Bar-Kokhba has extensive accomplishments as one of the leading attorneys defending the interests of hospitals undergoing restructuring in the New York metropolitan area. As Chief Medical Malpractice Claims Mediation Counsel to hospitals in Bankruptcy proceedings, Mr. Bar-kokhba successfully mediated and resolved multiple high exposure medical malpractice claims pending against hospitals.
Mr. Bar-Kokhba advises hospitals and nursing homes in risk management and employment law. He regularly instructs medical professionals in risk reduction strategies and is Adjunct Professor of Law and Health Policy at New York Medical College.
Prior to joining Lewis Johs, Mr. Bar-Kokhba was a partner in a Manhattan litigation firm where he specialized in complex litigation of general liability, employment law and medical malpractice cases before State and Federal Courts.
Mr. Bar-Kokhba was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1995. He is also a member of the Bar of the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. Bar-Kokhba received a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 1994, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Policy and the recipient of the Regina Crea Memorial Award. Mr. Bar-Kokhba graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Philosophy. He was the recipient of the William R. Tucker Scholarship for leadership and outstanding contribution to the College. Mr. Bar-Kokhba was an intellectual property Paralegal at Fish & Neave from 1987 to 1991, and a Law Clerk at the Litigation Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office from 1992 to 1993.
Mr. Bar-Kokhba is a Sommelier and Wine Advisor trained in France with experience organizing educational wine tasting events and advising representatives of distributors and wholesalers in the wine and liquor trade. He earned a “Sommelier Conseil” certificate from Burgundy’s famous wine school, the “Centre de Formation Professionnelle et de Promotion Agricole” in Beaune, France.
Mr. Bar-Kokhba is fluent in Hebrew and conversational in French.