Bernhard Law Firm PLLC

Bernhard Law Firm is Florida's resource to efficiently, effectively, and legally ameliorate the wrongs of fraud. We focus on fraud, business disputes, and financial and consumer claims.

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Firm Overview

Bernhard Law Firm is escalated counsel, uniquely trained in the most complex and high-end fraud and finance litigations of the past decade.

Today, Bernhard Law Firm provides its escalated counsel to the public at large, representing consumers, businesses, and financial institutions alike. As escalated counsel, we are uniquely positioned to handle both prosecution and defense of civil litigation in fraud, commercial, and consumer finance issues.

When representing plaintiffs, our maxim is swift advance. When representing defendants, we excel at quickly discerning the meritorious lawsuits from the discreditable actions, surgically crafting motions to dismiss legally unsustainable cases, and promptly initiating negotiation on creditable claims. We relentlessly hammer at procedural deficiencies, systematically strip away imperfect claims, and methodically unwind insufficient evidence to obtain the fairest results.

We have represented some of the largest national lenders and corporate entities, including Fortune 25 corporations and national banking companies in their escalated matters throughout Florida. We have worked for Fortune 500 property and home development companies, and hundreds of associations in their real estate development, management, and litigation matters. Numerous businesses, investors, and individuals have engaged us to handle their business, property, and investment disputes. Contact us now to access our unique vision, knowledge, and understanding of fraud, business, and finance.

FRAUD: The primary focus of Bernhard Law Firm is to vindicate the victims of fraud. We conduct fraud investigations and litigate fraud lawsuits to obtain financial amelioration. However, our practice extends beyond financial compensation to replace loss with wholeness, obscurity with clarity, and confusion with empowerment and stability. We represent investors and consumers across Florida, ranging from small individual investors and purchasers to sophisticated high-net-worth clients and institutions. We have significant practice in investor and borrower litigations against financial institutions, securities issuers, underwriters, and other businesses that have committed misrepresentation or other fraudulent acts. We implement our in-depth knowledge of the financial services industry to successfully develop, present, and aggressively prosecute these cases and recover investment losses. Our size and focused practice allow us to take action quickly and be constantly available.

BUSINESS DISPUTES: We handle the gamut of business disagreements and lawsuits. We handle complex business litigation, ranging from breaches of contract to real estate litigation to banking disputes to employee embezzlement. We file and defend lawsuits and appeals in debt collections, contract disputes, shareholder litigation, allegations, civil RICO actions, bank and lender liability, insurance claims, securities fraud, false claims and whistleblower claims, employee fraud, and consumer claims.

Bernhard Law Firm provides consultations on all aspects of commercial relationships, including compliance and resolution of matters involving the Uniform Commercial Code and trade regulation; contracts and restrictive covenants; fiduciary duties and corporate governance; business dissolutions, buyouts, and mergers; and other financial arrangements. We manage legal issues attendant to business ownership and management, such as real estate and construction, creditors' and debtors' rights, and insurance.

FINANCIAL AND CONSUMER CLAIMS: Bernhard Law Firm's financial and consumer claims practice focuses on representing consumers and businesses in lawsuits against companies and banks.

We investigate and sue upon consumer claims, from fraud and violation of consumer protection laws to breach of contract and warranty. We file suits upon banks, mortgage lenders and brokers, credit card companies, debt collectors, payday lenders, consumer finance companies, auto dealers, vendors, and other corporate institutions in a variety of disputes in state and federal courts and in arbitration and mediation. We also negotiate purchase and sale transactions, commercial lending, workouts and modifications, and financial services-related matters.
Main Office

Main Office
333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 2000
Miami  FL  33131

Phone
  • (786) 871-3349

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Sometimes

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Most

Hourly Rates

$250-$350

Office Information

Office Hours

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Andrew Bernhard

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish, Italian

Business
Strategic Methods,
Exacting Application,
Decisive Results.
As fellow business owners, we approach business disputes with a focus on the bigger picture.

Business law disputes fall under the purview of commercial litigation, which is legal action relating to any business transaction or the conduct of business, including merchandising, banking, trade, and sales. This commercial litigation is a bedrock practice of Bernhard Law Firm. We approach each dispute as though it were our own business at issue, and provide the legal services that we would desire and expect to best protect our business assets. We investigate and pursue every avenue in litigation and negotiation, but do so efficiently to minimize expense and maximize returns.

RANGE OF SERVICES

Business and Trade Disputes

Corporate Litigation

Contract Disputes

Consumer Protection Litigation

Real Estate and Assessment Litigation

We handle the gamut of business disagreements and lawsuits.

We handle complex business litigation, ranging from breaches of contract to real estate litigation to banking disputes to employee embezzlement. We file and defend lawsuits and appeals in debt collections, contract disputes, shareholder litigation, allegations, civil RICO actions, bank and lender liability, insurance claims, securities fraud, false claims and whistleblower claims, employee fraud, and consumer claims.

Bernhard Law Firm provides consultations on all aspects of commercial relationships, including compliance and resolution of matters involving the Uniform Commercial Code and trade regulation; contracts and restrictive covenants; fiduciary duties and corporate governance; business dissolutions, buyouts, and mergers; and other financial arrangements. We manage legal issues attendant to business ownership and management, such as real estate and construction, creditors' and debtors' rights, and insurance.

We prepare each matter expecting trial.

Bernhard Law Firm employs a trial preparation procedure for each matter. We begin with a thorough assessment of client needs and concerns, and an evaluation of the potential options to avoid costly litigation through alternative measures. We help clients analyze the risk and cost of litigation and the relative benefits of settlement or mediation to determine the resolution that is best tailored to their business objectives. If the matter must move forward, then we represent clients through the entire lifecycle of the dispute, including: investigation; public relations and crisis management and communications; emergency proceedings and preliminary relief; electronic discovery and disclosure; alternative dispute resolution; and enforcement of decisions and judgments.

Throughout a business lawsuit, we ensure client participation in planning and decision-making, thorough case preparation, effective use of resources, and consideration of alternative dispute resolution. If you are faced with commercial litigation, Bernhard Law Firm is available and ready to tackle it. We apply our business knowledge and trial strategy to deliver comprehensive litigation services in an innovative and effective manner.
Consumer Protection
Novel Approaches,
Surgical Techniques,
Relentless Execution.
Unprecedented events in the global marketplace have dramatically impacted the legal landscape for consumers, businesses, and financial institutions.

Bernhard Law Firm's financial and consumer claims practice focuses on representing consumers and businesses in lawsuits against companies and banks.

We investigate and sue upon consumer claims, from fraud and violation of consumer protection laws to breach of contract and warranty. We file suits upon banks, mortgage lenders and brokers, credit card companies, debt collectors, payday lenders, consumer finance companies, auto dealers, vendors, and other corporate institutions in a variety of disputes in state and federal courts and in arbitration and mediation. We also negotiate purchase and sale transactions, commercial lending, workouts and modifications, and financial services-related matters.


RANGE OF SERVICES

Consumer Finance Claims

Mortgage Lending Disputes

Credit and Debt Collection Practice Violations

Disputes on Banking Operations, Account Management, and Regulatory Compliance

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Consultation in the changing sea of consumer law and banking regulation: banks and corporations face a broad and evolving set of laws and regulations, particularly in light of the formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Bernhard Law Firm collaborates closely with a network of corporate and banking lawyers, including in-house bank counsels, businesspeople, and bankers who have domestic and international experience advising the laws affecting financial institutions, investors, companies, and individuals on financing, corporate, transactional, regulatory, and workout matters. We provide experienced advice and strategic planning from investigation through litigation.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

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.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE:

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.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

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.

Exceptionally trained.
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.

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.
License
  • Bar Number: 84031
    Florida
Education
  • University of Miami School of Law
    J.D.
    Magna Cum Laude

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