Following his 1983 graduation from  the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
in New York City, Alan L. Yatvin served as an Assistant Philadelphia and
Federal Defender before entering private practice.  

Alan has tried cases ranging from death penalty homicides to municipal
liability police misconduct cases.   He has also briefed and/or argued
appellate matters before the United States Supreme Court, the Third Circuit
Court of Appeals, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania
Commonwealth Court, the Pennsylvania Superior Court and United Nations
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).  

Alan is also a frequent lecturer on police misconduct litigation. In March of
1999, Alan was named one of
Philadelphia’s Best Lawyers by Philadelphia
Magazine.  Alan has been selected as a Pennsylvania SuperLawyer every
year from 2004 through 2017.  Alan is the recipient of the
2012 Thurgood
Marshall Criminal Justice Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association.  On
January 24, 2011, the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District of
Pennsylvania presented Alan with the 2010
Pro Bono Publico Award.  

Alan is a member of the
National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes
Association.  He was National Chair of
Legal Advocacy for the American
Diabetes Association  from 2010 - 2013. Alan also represents special needs
students and their parents.  Alan is a recipient of the
2007 American Diabetes
Association Volunteer Leadership Professional Award for his work in the
Rosen v. City of Philadelphia Class Action.

Since April of 2006, Alan has been admitted to Practice before the
Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in
The Hague, The Netherlands.  He served five terms as elected Chair of the
Membership Committee of the Tribunal's Association of Defence Counsel
(ADC-ICTY).  In February 2014, Alan was admitted to the list of counsel of
the United Nations Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals
UNMICT) for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, sitting in The Hague, The
Netherlands and Arusha, Tanzania.  On May 21, 2014, Alan was admitted to
the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the list of international
counsel at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (
His is also admitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) List of Counsel.  
Alan currently serves as Senior Legal Consultant to the Kilolo Defense on the
appeals in
The Prosecutor vs. Jean-Pierre Bemba et al. (ICC-01/05-01/13).

Martindale-Hubbell has again in 2017 honored Alan with the highest possible
level of professional excellence - AV Preeminent.  This peer review rating
reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards
rating and a 5/5 Legal Ability rating.
Alan arguing a motion at the United
Nations International Criminal Tribunal
in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Letter of
Alan Speaks
at American
Alan being sworn into the Bar
Association of the Kingdom of
Cambodia in Phnom Pehn.