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Doug Allen Bernacchi

Doug Allen Bernacchi

Practice areas:

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Car Accidents, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, Brain Injury, Appeals, Arbitration, Child Custody, Real Estate, Civil Rights

About Me

A Short Biography

               Doug Bernacchi, 53, of Granger, who got his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1981, his MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 1983, and his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1990, filed an application today with St. Joseph Superior Court Judicial Nominating Commission for consideration to serve as a St. Joseph County Superior Judge.  A vacancy will occur on June 3, 2013, when Judge Scopolitus steps down.

He is licensed to practice before all courts in Indiana, including Indiana’s federal courts, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Western District of Michigan and the Northern District of Illinois as well.  He is a member of the St. Joseph County Bar Association, and earned board certified as a bankruptcy specialist by the American Board of Certification.  Recently, he has hosted the Michiana Public Access cable television program entitled “Bankruptcy Law Today” on Channel 99 and the Access LaPorte County Channel 3, and served as a radio talk show host on WRHC 106.7FM, Radio Harbor Country community broadcasting in Three Oaks, MI.

Atty. Bernacchi of Granger, has been in private practice with law offices in South Bend, 215 W. 8th Street, Michigan City, IN, and 206 Elkhart Ave, Elkhart, IN.  He has practiced law before for courts in more than 20 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Before that he was a 1992 Candidate for 3rd district congressional seat, an adjunct faculty instructor in the criminal justice program at Indiana Tech’s Elkhart and Mishawaka Campuses.  In addition to his professional experience as an Indiana criminal and civil attorney, Bernacchi worked eleven years in Chicago as a Floor Trader on the International Monetary Market trading Eurodollar futures and options and serving as a dispute arbitrator deciding member to member disputes for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  He also worked one year for Chase in New York City in 1983, and in 2004 he lived and worked in Salt Lake City, UT, before returning to St. Joseph County in 2005.  He has 4 children, who attended Holy Cross Grade School in South Bend, and who now are attending Univ. of North Carolina, Indiana University Bloomington, Ball State and Elkhart Central High School.


Languages Spoken: Polish, English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 32%
    24 years, 15 thousand cases
  2. Car Accidents: 25%
    25 years, 900 cases
  3. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 10%
    23 years, 500 cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 6%
    27 years, 200 cases
  5. Other: 19%
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Contact Info

Doug Allen Bernacchi

Offices in St. Joe, Elkhart and LaPorte Co.
P.O. Box 2889
Michigan City, IN, 46360-3409


INActive In Good Standing199007/04/2015
UTAdministrative - Not authorized to practice200406/28/2015
ILNot Authorized To Practice Law199005/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Annual Community Service AwardWRHC2012
Town Attorney for LifeTown Council of Michiana Shores2000

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Lawyer/OwnerDoug Allen Bernacchi and Associates1990 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Michigan City Bar AssociationFormer President2004 - 2005

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
BONNIE MORYL, ESTATE OF RICHARD A. MORYL Appellant-Plaintiff, vs. RANSONE, M.D., Department of Insurance Appellees-Defendants.Motion for Rehearing pending

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Publication NameTitleDate
Utah Business Journal722 Redemption Financing Coming to a Bankruptcy Court Near You Soon2004
Continuing Legal Education Seminar publicationEstate Planning In Indiana with Living Trusts1994

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawN/AUnknown1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Weekly TV ShowBankruptcy Law TODAY2013
Weekly Radio ShowRadio Show Host2013
too many to listLegal Topics2013