Christine G. DeBernardis earned her BS in Psychology and Law at the College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) in 1996. She continued her education at the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned a Juris Doctor in 1999. Attorney DeBernardis was admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1999, the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts in 2003 and the State of New Hampshire in 2007.
Practicing Law in Massachusetts and New Hampshire:
Practicing law in two states has helped Attorney DeBernardis become a versatile attorney and given her a large amount of experience which she uses to represent her clients. She applies her knowledge of the laws for both states, and the different perspectives of the two, to benefit her clients with innovative, fresh ideas for their cases. Whether your goal is to negotiate a reasonable settlement for your matter or to litigate the issues in your case, Attorney DeBernardis can use her experience to create several strategies to meet your goals.
As a member of several bars, Attorney DeBernardis works to stay apprised of the ever changing law and is dedicated to applying these changes to ensure that her clientsÂ best interest is represented. She attends several education courses each year to keep up to date with the changes in the law and is constantly working to enhance her knowledge of the current laws and case outcomes that will benefit her clients.
Areas of Practice:
-Real Estate (conveyancing, buyer, seller)
As a member of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, Inc., she provides legal counsel to indigent defendants in the District Court.
More About Christine:
Attorney DeBernardis is a member of the Essex County Bar Advocates, Inc., Essex County Bar Association, the North Shore Women'Âs Law Association and the Middleton Board of Trade. She volunteers as a Judge for the Massachusetts Bar Association Mock Trial competition and the Essex County Junior Mock Trial competition. She donates to various local school fundraisers and assists with different functions in the Town of Middleton. She is also a panel attorney for ARAG Legal Insurance and Signature Legal Care.
Attorney DeBernardis works to raise funds for various causes and participates in several fundraising events. She has participated in the Avon 3 Day walk for breast cancer in years past and cycled for many years in the Five Boro Bike Tour in New York to raise funds for the youth hostels. She rode the Tour of the Tucson Mountains in Arizona, which benefits many different charities. She is an annual participant in the Long Island 2 Day Walk to Fight Breast Cancer for the past five years and intends to participate in the coming year.
Criminal Law Attorney:
In her criminal law practice, Attorney DeBernardis has defended clients against a variety of charges including but not limited to drug possession and/or distribution, operating under the influence (of alcohol and/or drugs), assault & battery, larceny/theft, retraining order violations, forgery, destruction of property, sex crimes, fraud, gun charges and motor vehicle offenses. She uses creative motion practice and trial techniques to effectively and zealously represent each client. Sometimes the best resolution for a case is found by way of a plea. In others, a motion may allow for evidence to be suppressed (not permitted into evidence), the matter to be more clearly defined, or the matter to be dismissed. Often times, a trial is the best route to defend a case with the best outcome for the client. If you find yourself seeking an attorney after an arrest or receiving a summons, contact Attorney DeBernardis to evaluate the case, learn about your individual circumstances and advise you the best course of action for your matter.
Family Law Attorney:
Clients have come to Attorney DeBernardis after hearing that their requested outcome was impossible to achieve, yet months later, they are surprised to find themselves in the exact position that they had hoped. She had a father come to her recently that was told that the "mother always gets custody of the children" and so, he would never get shared custody of his children. In his particular situation, Attorney DeBernardis felt as if he had a very good case for joint custody. Though he was hesitant, he worked with our firm and within just a few months, he was divorced and sharing custody of his children with his former spouse. Look to the knowledge and experience of this firm to help you decide what you'd like to happen and if that is realistic in your case.