Startups and big businesses across all industries turn to Yael Spiewak when they need an intellectual property audit or have an employment law or commercial litigation matter that is atypical, crosses multiple disciplines, or requires an attorney who is flexible and creative.

Yael is adept at handling disputes involving hiring and firing, reductions in force, discrimination, union grievances, labor arbitrations, enforcement of non-disclosure agreements or non-competes, the intellectual property component of corporate acquisitions and sales, breaches of contract, and more. She also provides counseling to new employers in the United States regarding workforce retention and management, trademark protection, and copyright registrations.

Clients gain an advantage from Yael’s experience across multiple areas of law, business, and geography. Her risk-spotting acumen and former prosecutorial experience allow her to quickly see potential solutions, anticipate government responses, and help her clients avoid potential issues and risks.

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During the summer of 2017, after a selective process, Yael served as a foreign law clerk to Justice Neal Hendel of the Supreme Court of Israel. In this position, she advised on U.S. law governing legal issues spanning civil and criminal law.

Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Yael was an attorney in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she represented the State of New Jersey in various appellate matters. During law school, she served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Martin Shulman of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Term, First Department, in Manhattan; as an intern at the City of Newark Law Department in Newark; and then as a legal extern at the New York State Attorney General’s Office in Manhattan.

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  • Secured a favorable settlement in a class action case for a leading in-flight Internet service provider. The case involved “coupon settlements,” for which the court required three hearings for approval, including the submission of expert reports on the particular sophistication of the client’s customers.
  • Obtained multiple decisions and orders granting summary judgment and dismissing claims in cases involving allegations of breach of duty of fair representation against the employee’s union and breach of contract by the company. Yael represented a large multinational company in these cases, one in which the dismissal was appealed and ultimately affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Managed multinational litigation for global healthcare research organization, including obtaining dismissals of claims across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Filed and managed hundreds of trademarks through the application and registration process, and post-registration maintenance, with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including responses to office actions and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings.



  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D., 2013)
  • Barnard College, Columbia University (B.A., 2009)

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