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Robert Steven Bernstein

Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

3.0   2 reviews
Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    New York - NY 23 years
    West Virginia - WV 37 years
    Florida - FL 40 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 42 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2000
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State WV
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1983
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    43 years, 500 cases

  2. Debt collection

    43 years, 10,000 cases

  3. General practice

    43 years, 250 cases

  4. Contracts and agreements

    43 years, 200 cases


Welcome to my profile. I hope this information and my firm's website will allow you to feel comfortable with my unique experience and talents in my fields of practice. I am board-certified in business bankruptcy and in creditors' rights by the American Board of Certification. My reputation among our clients, other attorneys, and the courts is impeccable. I have been voted by other lawyers as a "Super Lawyer" four years running.


Robert S. Bernstein became aware of the intricacies of the legal system at the age of 14, while working for his father as the firm's liaison to the sheriff's department. Today he serves as counsel to commercial landlords, equipment lessors, bankruptcy trustees, creditors' committees, creditors, and reorganizing businesses in proceedings throughout Pennsylvania and the Middle Atlantic States, concentrating in the many facets of bankruptcy and commercial law.

While fulfilling his duties as managing partner of Bernstein Law Firm, P.C., Bernstein represents other businesses of all sizes and types in many areas of their operation, including representation in reorganization proceedings. He has extensive experience in credit recovery matters, including collection, secured transaction, and mortgage foreclosure.

His book, Get P.A.I.D.TM : A Guide to Getting Paid Faster (and What to Do if You Don’t!) lays out an innovative strategy for businesses to successfully manage their credit policy and collect for their sales. Get P.A.I.D. is Bernstein’s comprehensive system for businesses and credit managers to increase profits, reduce costs and delays, while developing better relationships with customers.
Bernstein heads the Preference Defense Team, a specialized group within the firm dedicated to the effective and efficient representation of clients against whom preference payment claims are made.

Bernstein writes and lectures for local and national groups on matters of collection, bankruptcy, business law, and professional ethics and, for more than ten years, has been certified as both a creditors' rights and business bankruptcy specialist by the American Board of Certification. Currently, few attorneys in the country hold both certifications.

As a trained mediator, Bernstein is also a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, an organization dedicated to the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.

Bernstein served as both president and treasurer of the Commercial Law League of America, North America’s oldest creditors' rights organization. He recently served as chair of the Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility of the CLLA. Bernstein is president of the American Board of Certification, the country's only bankruptcy and creditors' rights certifying organization. Bernstein also works on several committees within the Allegheny County Bar Association, where he is a past chairman of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, the Technology Utilization Committee, the Professional Ethics Committee, and is a member of the Finance Committee. Bernstein was a member of the Legal Committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and is the founder of the Lease Enforcement Attorney Network (LEAN).

Bernstein was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 in the area of bankruptcy and workout by Philadelphia magazine.


Bernstein-Burkley, PC
601 Grant Street
9th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219


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  2 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2008
Client Review
Robert Bernstein has represented Guttman Oil Company and the Guttman Group in credit recovery, bankruptcy and contract litigation matters for more than twenty-five years. Services have ranged over hundreds of matters and Attorney Bernstein has consistently provided excellent creditor representation. Attorney Bernstein is reliable, dependable, knowledgeable and effective. Guttman Oil Company and the Guttman Group take pleasure in highly recommending this lawyer as competent and completely worthy of your serious consideration.
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Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2013
Attorney Not Working on the Sole Behalf of his Clients
I met with Mr. Bernstein to review my position prior to filing bankruptcy. As with some attorneys, he wanted paid to review my case, which was fine with me. What was so disappointing is the information he shared was very general in spite of forwarding two years of tax returns, a Balance Sheet and my company's P&L Statement. In addition, I had my personal Balance Sheet and Expenses lay out too. After an hour meeting, he charged me $700.00. Stating his rate is $495 / Hr. and it took him a half hour to review my material. In fact, he was not familiar with my information when we met and only explained general rules of bankruptcy while not being versed on the different limitations for 2013. As I listen to him ramble on and on, his conclusion was for me to contact another attorney because he did not do very many personal bankruptcies. I left in shock, to have paid such a large amount of money for such little value.
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Response from Robert Bernstein July 2, 2014
I’m sorry that you were disappointed with the result of our encounter. I am sure that this whole thing has been stressful for you. I recall that your situation initially was presented as involving two struggling companies that you owned, whose debts you personally guaranteed. Prior to the meeting, our email exchanges raised some specific questions about the assets and liabilities of the companies. Going into our in-person meeting, I definitely felt that you were a sophisticated businessperson, who was not going to just have me tell you what to do. So, I felt that I owed it to you to discuss alternative bankruptcy concepts to allow you to decide which of the several alternatives to choose. When our discussion ultimately pointed us to a personal bankruptcy for you, as opposed to a reorganization filing for the companies, I am sure that I explained that I generally do not represent individuals in personal bankruptcy filing and would not be the best lawyer for you. At the end of the hour-long meeting, you seemed satisfied with the result of the discussion. Although I am sure that you have would rather not paid for my time, we did discuss the cost in advance and it was clear that I was not providing a “free initial consultation.” I’m very sorry that you were not satisfied with my help. I hope things eventually worked out for you and that you found the path that was right for you.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 75-425 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-35%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Bernstyein Law Firm, P.C.
  • 1971 - Present


  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Arter & Hadden LP
  • Recovered $12 million for creditors


  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Chairman - Allegheny District Chapter
  • 2006 - Present
  • Lease Enforcement Attorney Network
  • Founder
  • 1995 - Present
  • Allegan County Bar Association
  • Chairman - Professional Ethics Committee
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Equipment Leasing & Finance Association
  • Member - Legal Committee
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Chairman - Technology Committee
  • 1996 - 2005
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • President
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Allegan County Bar Association
  • Chairman - Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section
  • 1992 - 1993
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
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  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
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  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
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  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Philadelphia Magazine Law and Politics
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Philadelphia Magazine Law and Politics
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2004
  • Super Lawyer
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2003
  • Board Certification - Business Bankruptcy
  • 1992
  • Board Certification - Creditors' Rights
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Forum
  • Bankruptcy, Ethics, Credit
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Robert
Unknown Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Bob for over 24 years through our membership and leadership roles in the Commercial Law League of America. We have also worked together on various legal matters. Bob is someone that can be relied upon to assist or take over any task or matter with a moment's notice. Bob's achievements in the bankruptcy practice are well known and warranted."
Debt collection Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an expert's expert."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bernstein has vast knowledge and gives erudite help to those who need him. He is one of the good guys."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Bob and I are members of the Lease Enforcement Attorneys Network (LEAN). We represent clients needing assistance with lease obligations, collections, asset recovery and bankruptcy."
Bankruptcy and debt
Debt collection