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Stephen Bernard has been a litigator for over 43 years. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Bernard joined his father's law firm in 1973. His father, Saul J. Bernard, also a native of Los Angeles, was a prominent family law attorney who started his own firm in 1930s. Both father and son attended University of California, and Saul Bernard stopped practicing law upon his death. 

Stephen Bernard gained his extensive criminal experience by becoming a Panel member of both Adult and Juvenile criminal penals where he was counsel of record in over 300 felony cases with crimes ranging from assaultive conduct to residential burglary and murder. With his experience in hand, Mr. Bernard continued his practice in this area as well as in the area of catastrophic injury and class action litigation. Mr. Bernard also represents major art collectors and dealers in international transactions involving some of the great art of our time. His broad expertise and extraordinary record have made him a formidable figure in the California legal arena.

Throughout his career Mr. Bernard has represented high profile clients, both civil and criminal, as well as prosecuted actions against OC Sherriff’s Department. He was instrumental in procuring the largest single class action settlement in California.

Mr. Bernard has over 40 years of of legal experience in medical legal cases which he uses to attack both forensic and medical experts on both civil and criminal arenas. Stephen Bernard handles large complex litigation cases involving complex legal issues and involves usage of multiple experts in the courtroom. He has tried cases in both Northern and Southern California, Orange County, Ventura County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Santa Barbara County, Florida, and Nevada.


Languages spoken: English, Russian, Spanish, Korean

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jay Irving Jaffe

    I endorse this lawyer. I endorse Steve for those who are in need of a lawyer who will be totally dedicated to your case and its favorable result. I know firsthand that Steve is dedicated to the law as he was my study partner in law school 1969-1972. If you expect an attorney to go the extra mile for you, rest assured Steve will do so.


    Jay Jaffe Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Gary Appleby

    I endorse this lawyer.I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the most experienced litigators who genuinly cares for his clients and strives to further their cause.


    Gary Appleby Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

10990 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1175
Los Angeles, CA, 90024



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Discipline with actual suspension
    issued in CA, 1999


    This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Lawyers in CaliforniaAmerican Lawyer Media2015
Highest Possible Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Lawyers in CaliforniaAmerican Lawyer Media2013
California's Top VerdictsThe Recorder2013
Exceptional Achievement and Excellence in TrialCity of Lancaster2012
California's Top VerdictsThe Recorder2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentBernard & Bernard1973 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2013 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2000 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationPanel of Arbitrators1992 - Present
United States Supreme CourtMember1981 - Present
Themis SocietyMember1976 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1973 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$350,000.00 SETTLEMENT IN DOG ATTACK CASE$350,000 in mediated settlement
$10 MILLION VERDICT AGAINST CEMEX$10 million jury verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of Southern CaliforniaBusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Loyola Law SchoolHow to Practice LawN/A