4.5 stars 11 totalReview Lynne Bernabei
Posted by a client
Lynne was referred to me by several other lawyers who respected her work and her aggressiveness in fighting for her clients' rights. Based on my personal experience, I have now recommended her many times myself. She understands employment law inside and out, and quickly grasps new and complex issues. She has very good instincts, gets to the heart of a matter and is able to tell a compelling story, all of which helps her communicate effectively in court filings, hearings, mediation, depositions, interviews and other situations. She is fearless and dedicated, and will often go the extra mile to give you as much advantage as possible. I would hire her again if the need arose.
Posted by Glenn, PhD
Ms. Bernabei was my lawyer in a major federal case involving retaliation by my employer (United States' largest federal nuclear weapons facility). In addition to retaliation, my employer was involved in crime, corruption and cover-ups that placed America's national secrets in jeopardy. Thus a highly complex case against a powerful politically driven entity. Lynne skillfully - with professionalism and intellectual expertise - negotiated my issue to settlement amounting to nearly 1 million dollars. I highly recommend - without reservation - Ms Bernabei and her firm. As an aside, Lynn is also a genuine human being - kind and considerate - who actually listens to your needs/ideas, and, if relevant, interfaces your personal concerns into her negotiating processes. Beyond being my attorney, she is also my friend.
Posted by Allan
Lynne and her team listened to my case, lead me through the process and made me part of the team. This was an employment dispute action where she knew more than the other team by far, knew case law better, and was much more responsive than can be said of the other team. Lynne and her team always asked if I had any input during our conversations together. Throughout the preparation and time of negotiation, Lynne and her team were always professional. They always considered all the options and thinking of my wellbeing. I will, unequivically and without reservation recommend Lynne and her team. If a settlement prior to trial was not possible, I had the utmost confidence that Lynne and her team would prevail.
Posted by SteveDoran-TrailBoss
Lynne is an experienced attorney who is committed to helping people with their legal issues. She is more than an attorney as she takes a personal interest in not only the case but her clients well being. She uses her experience in the courtroom to advocate for his clients' rights in negotiations and in depositions. I have never used any attorney in my career who is as dedicated as Lynne or who spends so much one-on-one time with their clients so they understand every detail of the case. Lynn works closely with each of her clients to ensure that they achieve the desired goals and are equipped with the legal advice they need to make the best decisions possible as the case progresses. Without reservation I can say that there is not finer attorney you will ever work with.
Posted by a client
Lynne represented me in a civil suit related to an assault I experienced. Her commitment to the pursuit of justice, and her skillful command of the law made me feel confident that my case was in excellent hands. Everyone in her office was extremely responsive to my calls and emails, very helpful in answering my questions, including those I deemed "dumb" questions, talking me through every step of the process. I felt the whole legal team had my back in what was a very emotional and trying case. Lynne went above and beyond my expectations of what was possible in the settlement to ensure both financial compensation and public apology. I'd recommend Lynne with five stars.
Posted by a Employment client
The day that I met Lynne Bernabei, my world was falling apart due to an unimaginable situation that several lawyers wouldn't touch. Not only did she believe what I told her (I wasn't sure the others did), but she assured me that I wasn't alone in my experience and that what happened to me was, in fact, completely illegal. From that day until the very end, three years later, Lynne or her associates were always available to me, answered all my questions and made every effort to protect me. She fought hard, met every challenge and, to my delight, exposed a pattern of illegal actions that helped others. I've already referred others to her and will continue to do so.
Posted by T McCormick
Lynne Bernabei is a gift from a higher power. I tell my family, friends, and friends of friends that Lynn is the best attorney one could ask for. I had the pleasure and honor of getting a referral for Lynn from a work colleague (who I greatly admire) and I had no idea how lucky I was.
If one looks at a legal issue as a boxing match, Lynn is the heavy weight champion. First, Lynn has the CV to scare any other side in a lawsuit (graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a law degree from Harvard cum laude). Second, she breathes fire for work place justice. Third, she's won several high profile cases and many, many others. Fourth, she's been voted as one of the best attorneys in the country by various news outlets and associations and been “Sixty Minutes,” the “Today” show, Court TV, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, and MSNB and quoted by the New York Times etc.
After hiring her and seeing her thought process, I instantly felt reassured that the other side had no chance getting by Lynn. What was especially notable was that Lynn has a great knack for putting the opposing side in the defensive on repeated basis. With every fact from my side and every shenanigan on the other side, Lynn had a way of sending off a letter with the truth that made me feel like she was giving the opponent another hard punch to their kidney. I am not a fighting person by nature but in a legal issue, it is a high stakes game and you have to win against your opponent. Lynn, with her natural grace, intellect, rationality, and smarts, ended up crushing my opponent. No one wants to go through a legal issue but most people want to win fairly and honestly (and if the opposing side is a real jerk), one wants to win without mercy. Lynn did that for me.
In addition, I learned a lot about the legal process. Overall I felt well represented (lots of time and attention) and immensely proud of my legal representation. Most importantly, I felt that by nature Lynn fights the good fight. No one wants drama or legal attention but if you are forced to defend yourself, Lynn is the attorney you need and want. I felt that no matter what happened with this case and my entire family, friends, and country found out about the legal dispute I felt that with Lynn's defensive reasoning and sincerity, there was everything to fight about and my fight was an honest one that deserved to be attended.
Lastly, you should look at fighting a legal issue and the return on investment (ROI). Lynn returned my investment 1 to 3. Great ROI!
To sum it up, Lynn is an amazing attorney. She and her team felt like friends at the end--almost family. I would pay every penny needed if I needed her again. Her representation is a tremendous gift and it is something I will never take for granted!
Posted by a Employment client
I retained Lynne Bernabei for my very difficult federal employment law matter, which involved a host of claims and an extremely short timetable. I am also an attorney (in another field), and due to the complexity of my case, I knew I needed a very experienced lawyer to represent me. I looked into about 5-6 attorneys in the area that specialize in employment, looking for the best, and found Lynne. Lynne's credentials are outstanding, and when I met her I felt confident that my case would be successful if I retained her. That proved to be true. Lynne represented me throughout a tough mediation and vigorously negotiated an extremely favorable settlement for me. Because of certain factors in my case, it was extremely important that my case be wrapped up quickly. I could not be happier with the results (and please trust me when I tell you I am not always easy to please). Also, I think it is important that others know that Lynne's whole team is excellent, especially Pete Whelan (he is incredibly sharp and the quality of his work speaks for itself).
Posted by a Employment client
I have used Lynne Bernabei over many years in various employment-related legal disputes. One matter she handled for me was a very complex employment issue with a lot riding on it, including substantial pension rights. Ms. Bernabei handled the matter in an incredibly astute manner and it was favorably resolved. In my judgment (and I am an attorney), Ms. Bernabei is one of DC's finest labor and employment lawyers, representing employees. If you are in a real jam with your employer, she is the person to see. My personal experience is that opposing counsel hold her in very high regard. I would strongly recommend Ms. Bernabei to anyone involved in an employment dispute.
Posted by a Civil Rights client
I retained Bernabei & Wachtel over a year ago in a federal civil rights matter after I called the "Who's Who" of federal defense attorneys, and repeatedly received a "Oh we don't handle THOSE kinda cases" or a "I dunno if we're the right firm/comfortable handing those types of federal cases" replies. And I'm glad that happened...cuz otherwise I mighta ended up retaining the wrong (inexperienced) attorney.
Lynne of Bernabei & Wachtel was always available and responsive throughout the progression of my case, and has been & continues to be very helpful with very important advice and direction on the correct steps to take along the way.
With the decades of experience & expert advice provided by Lynne of Bernabei & Wachtel, I can - for the first time - say that things have and continue to get better for me.
So if you want high profile attorneys who are all show and no go, look elsewhere. If you want the REAL DEAL, who will take on the toughest of cases that others won't, and will take care of whatever needs to get done, look no further than Bernabei & Wachtel.