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 2020.  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 was a member of the National Board of Directors of the American
Diabetes Association from 2015-2017.  He was National Chair of
Advocacy for the American Diabetes Association  from 2010 - 2013. Alan also
represents special needs students and their parents.  Alan is a recipient of
2007 American Diabetes Association Volunteer Leadership Professional
Award for his work in the Rosen v. City of Philadelphia Class Action and the
2019 Steve Bieringer Award for his work in enhancing the
Association's volunteer networks.

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 International Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (
IRMCT) 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, 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
and the List of Victims Counsel at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (
Alan served as Senior Legal Consultant to the Kilolo Defense in the case of

The Prosecutor vs. Jean-Pierre Bemba et al.

Martindale-Hubbell has again for 2020 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.

Referring to Yatvin in a 2017 decision, the United States Court of Appeals for
the Third Circuit wrote: "[W]e note that the litigation here was conducted by
highly qualified and experienced counsel..."   
M.R. v. Ridley School District,
868 F.3d 218, 230 n.9 (3d Cir. 2017).
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.