Bernhardt Law, PLLC

Bernhardt Law, PLLC

Bernhardt Law, PLLC represents each client with professionalism, attention to detail and integrity. Resolving issues that are important to our clients, is important to our firm.

Firm Overview

- Criminal Defense
- Debt Relief
- Personal Injury
- Real Estate
- Land Disputes (Boundary Issues, Encroachments, Easements, Injunctions, Covenants,
- Tax Certificates & Tax Deeds
- Failure to Disclose Property Defects
- Landlord/Tenant Issues
- Florida Condominium Law
- Mechanic's Lien
- Business Litigation
- Estate Planning (Wills, Durable Power of Attorney, Healthcare Directive)
- Toxic Mold
- Bed Bug Infestation
- Florida Deceptive Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA)
- Federal & State Civil Asset Forfeiture & Seizure

Main Office

Bernhardt Law - Key West Center (Main Office)
2706 ALT US-19 N.
Ste. 213
Palm Harbor, FL 34683


(727) 275-9575


Free Initial Consultation?


Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

- Debt Relief -Criminal Defense - Estate Planning Documents (Last Will & Testament, Durable Power of Attorney, Combination Living Will, Healthcare Surrogate and HIPPA Release) - Evictions for Property Owners/Managers

Office Information

Office Hours

8:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M.

Office Manager

Jessica Bernhardt

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken


Other Offices

Bernhardt Law - Northwest Florida Office
701 E John Sims Pkwy.
Ste. 303-#112
Niceville, FL 32578

Bernhardt Law - Summit Executive Center
13575 58th St N.
Clearwater, FL 33760

Bernhardt Law - New Urban Suites
1228 E. 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605

Auto Accident

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

What are your firm's strengths and style?

Our law firm focuses on professionalism, attention to detail and integrity in each and every case.

Athena Pearl Riley

Bernhardt Law, PLLC

Athena Pearl Riley is a former felony prosecutor with the First Judicial Circuit in Shalimar, Florida. She is also a local real estate investor and licensed Realtor with NextHome Cornerstone Realty. Athena's extensive trial experience and detail oriented personality, coupled with her knowledge of real estate law, has made her the go-to attorney for individuals, investors and businesses alike, seeking Athena's zealous representation of whatever legal issues they may find themselves facing.

Athena's practice covers a wide range of business litigation issues including simple to complex contract disputes, negligence, breaches of fiduciary duties, partitions, liquor license ownerships, construction defects, unlawful detainers, replevin and defending against federal forfeitures where the government has sought to administratively and judicially seize an individual's property. She is able to evaluate legal issues with precision, effectively execute all aspects of litigation, and surgically prepare a case for trial.

After receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Criminology from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and being selected to serve as the University's Chief Justice, Athena went on to graduate from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she was a member of her law school's nationally ranked mock trial team, winning Regionals and advancing to Nationals. Athena received a number of distinguished honors during law school, including the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Partnership in Advocacy award, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) mock trial student of the year award, first place honors in the Mediation Competition, winning and advancing to Regionals in the Negotiation Competition, competing in the invitation only National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Tournament of Champions, and serving as the President of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Student Association.

Athena was subsequently selected to be the National Trial Competition (NTC) Coach for Golden Gate School of Law in San Francisco, California, where she taught for two years prior to relocating to Okaloosa County Florida with her husband, who is a software engineer on Eglin Air Force Base.

Athena is very active in her community, having received the 2019 Florida Association for Women Lawyers "Leader in the Law" award, and serving on a number of different local boards including United Way, Boys & Girls Club and the Healthy Start Coalition. Athena is the founding member of the Okaloosa Florida Association for Women Lawyers (OFAWL), and of Franklin's Tree House Foundation, where her and her husband have created the "Confident Kids!" program which partners with Children in Crisis, Inc, a non-profit organization serving foster children from Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.

In her free time, Athena enjoys running, reading, cooking and exploring the white sand beaches and nature trails of the place she now calls home.

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Bar Number: 110423
Florida, 2014

Bar Number: 138309
New Mexico, 2009

Stephen Bernhardt

Bernhardt Law, PLLC

Stephen Bernhardt has been an attorney since 2010. Nearly a decade later, Stephen has accumulated extensive trial experience in both criminal and civil law. He began his legal career as a prosecutor, first handling misdemeanor offenses such as DUI, Battery, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Violation of Injunction and many others.Stephen quickly escalated to a felony division and became the State Attorney's Office's liaison for the county's Drug Court Program. In this role, he learned many techniques to help individuals overcome addictions, as well as what differences exist between the many rehabilitation establishments throughout Florida.

After leaving the State Attorney's Office, Stephen began practicing civil law for one of the largest creditors' rights firms in the United States. Stephen quickly became the lead litigator for the firm's Florida office and handled countless civil hearings and trials before leaving to start Bernhardt Law, PLLC. Bernhardt Law focuses on the practice areas of Criminal Defense, Debt Defense, and Personal Injury. Using the knowledge Stephen has gained throughout the last decade, Bernhardt Law maintains a sharp focus and dedication to ensuring each client's specific situation is handled with the utmost professionalism, attention to detail, and integrity.

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Bar Number: 86726
Florida, 2010

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