Alyssa Barnard-Yanni

Managing Associate

New York

Alyssa's practice focuses on briefing on high-stakes issues in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate level.

Her work spans a wide range of subject areas, from complex commercial litigation to white collar defense.  At the trial level, she has drafted innumerable evidentiary and dispositive motions.   She was an integral part of the defense team representing a criminal defendant in the Southern District of New York, as one of the principal drafters of the motion to dismiss the indictment and the motions in limine filed in the case.  She argued a half-dozen motions in state court in a multi-billion dollar products liability action.  At the appellate level, she has drafted merits briefs for appeals in California, New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, as well as amicus briefs in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits.  

Alyssa maintains an active pro bono practice focusing primarily on criminal law matters.  Among her pro bono work, she has argued before the New York Appellate Division on behalf of a defendant alleging ineffective assistance of trial counsel and drafted two amicus briefs in the Supreme Court case Quarles v. United States.

Alyssa served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the October 2019 Term. Before that, she clerked for Judge Alison J. Nathan on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Robert A. Katzmann on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.