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I established Bernhard Law Firm to be Florida's best resource to efficiently, effectively, and legally ameliorate the wrongs of fraud. This firm focuses on fraud as its core practice, enhanced by the utmost trial preparation, passion for the law, ethical integrity, cost-consciousness, and client-first service. In our complementary litigation practices in business disputes, financial disputes, and consumer claims, we implement these same principles with a high degree of resoluteness and purpose. This translates into a better legal work-product, a better client experience, and a better final result.
Bernhard Law Firm upholds these core principles.
We work to provide the best law firm experience in Florida. To accomplish this goal, we have adopted a set of core principles designed to maximize our availability, client service, empathy, litigation skills, and ethical integrity. We do this while sustaining cost-consciousness and fee flexibility.
The Best Lawyer Is the Most-Prepared Lawyer. This is our primary litigation rule of thumb. With this tenet in mind, we tirelessly research the law and perfect our legal rhetoric in preparation for live courtroom litigation.
Better Results from Firsthand Courtroom Experience. We have handled hundreds of cases that required countless courtroom hours in front of judges and juries, hashing out live litigation. Our skills are tested and molded by trial experience. We have honed our civil litigation methods to get peak results.
Client-First Service. Our clients and their needs are front-and-center in everything we do. We are accessible and available around the clock to address client emergencies. We are patient and understanding--we know our clients expect a comfortable, relaxed, and understandable legal experience. We are reliable and punctual--we know that our clients' time is a valuable commodity.
Passion for the Law. We embrace legal research, legal issues, legal debates, and explaining the law. Because we are ardent about the law, the judge and jury feel that passion, which foments influence and encourages positive results for our clients.
The Highest Ethical Integrity. We work under a strict ethical code. We combine principles of honesty and transparency, fairness and reason, and compassion and respect. Our integrity translates into trustworthy, clean, and professional work.
Cost-conscious and Efficient. Our practices focus on the financial benefit of our clients. We work to keep each of our client's costs low, income high, and finances secure. If there is a more efficient way to do our work without sacrificing quality, we will take the efficient path, minimizing overhead and maximizing client recoupment. We are flexible and transparent with our fees to provide true value. To ensure client trust and satisfaction, there are no hidden costs and no surprise charges.
As counsel to a major national financial institution, litigated FDIC preemption for lawsuits stemming from one of the largest recorded FDIC bank seizures in U.S. history.
Defended the initial wave of lawsuits stemming from the force-placed insurance phenomenon, achieving a significant court position that force-placed insurance was neither a breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, nor unjust enrichment.
Facilitated negotiation of a multi-million dollar settlement for a large Florida community bank in a shareholder action overseen by the FDIC.
Successfully defended multi-bank community lawsuit regarding a million dollar property gutting and violation of community covenants, achieving case dismissal and negotiation for sale at double the property's appraised value.
Defended South Beach hotel group's lawsuit to recuperate multi-million dollar renovation at the expense of the residential members, forcing purchase of property by hotel group at client's profit.
ABOUT ANDREW BERNHARD:
During his law career, Andrew Bernhard has represented national real estate developers, financial institutions, and corporations in their complex commercial, consumer finance, and real estate development matters.
Before establishing Bernhard Law Firm, Andrew Bernhard litigated trials and appeals for Rivero Mestre LLP, handling commercial, finance, and banking disputes. Andrew represented national financial institutions in their escalated litigation matters ranging from violation of federal business and banking statutes, preservation of bank-owned real estate, defending securities fraud claims, and negotiating director and shareholder settlements. Prior to Rivero Mestre, Andrew Bernhard represented Florida communities and national real estate developers in real estate litigation and transactional matters. He also worked under Edwin G. Torres, United States Judge for the Southern District of Florida, and at the San Diego County Public Defender's Office.
Andrew Bernhard was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. At age 17, Andrew moved to Costa Rica and later to Mexico. He returned a year later to attend the University of Arizona, where he received a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry. Afterwards, Andrew taught business and conversational English to business professionals in Buenos Aires and Milan for Repsol, BASF, American Express, Pfizer, and Phillips, working abroad for two more years. He has traveled to more than 40 countries on five continents.
Andrew Bernhard graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law where he served as Executive Chair for the International Moot Court Board and received the CALI Excellence Award for International Moot Court. His professors named him a Dean's Fellow for constitutional law, property, and legal research and writing, and granted him honors in Business Associations and Litigation Skills. The University of Miami School of Law awarded Andrew Bernhard the John F. Evans Memorial Scholarship for excellence in Litigation Skills.
Bernhard Law Firm is uniquely resourceful.
We generate quick and inventive methods to overcome hurdles before, during, and after litigation. We do this by engaging a network of fresh, bright minds that think outside of the box. We combine these energizing ideas with exceptional training to produce a unique and effective legal product.
Fresh bright minds.
Bernhard Law Firm provides bright and clear minds to reinvigorate and rethink the issues. We harvest cutting-edge perspectives of the law and energized thinking to provide novel ideas and strategies.
Thinking outside of the box.
More than capable, Bernhard Law Firm is imaginative and inventive. Our firm employs and counsels with exceptional and innovative new thinkers to find, discover, and create new ideas, options, and methods. We are ready to try the untried, push for the paradigm shift, resourcefully make new combinations, and reshape and readjust our views to find an advantage.
We have garnered education awards that acknowledge our skill and a core understanding of the law. We use this training as the concrete foundation of our practice. From a solid foundation comes stability and security. In turn comes the confidence of knowing that you are on solid ground.
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