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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.


Practice areas


  1. Chapter 11: 50%
    35 years, 500 cases
  2. Debt Collection: 25%
    35 years, 10 thousand cases
  3. General Practice: 15%
    35 years, 250 cases
  4. Contracts: 10%
    35 years, 200 cases



Hourly ($75-425/hour), contingent (25-35%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Jeffrey Neil Schatzman

    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.


    Jeffrey Schatzman Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. He is an expert's expert.


    Clifford Tuttle Landlord-tenant Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Bernstein Law Firm Pc
707 Grant St Ste 2200
Pittsburgh, PA, 152191900

2200 Gulf Tower
Pittsburgh, PA, 152191900



NYCurrently registered 200003/07/2016
WVAuthorized to practice law198707/13/2016
FLMember in Good Standing198306/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine Law and Politics2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2008
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine Law and Politics2007
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2006
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2005
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2004
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2003
Board Certification - Business BankruptcyN/A1992
Board Certification - Creditors' RightsN/A1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBernstyein Law Firm, P.C.1971 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyChairman - Allegheny District Chapter2006 - Present
Lease Enforcement Attorney NetworkFounder1995 - Present
Allegan County Bar AssociationChairman - Professional Ethics Committee2003 - 2005
Equipment Leasing & Finance AssociationMember - Legal Committee2000 - 2003
Allegheny County Bar AssociationChairman - Technology Committee1996 - 2005
Commercial Law League of AmericaPresident1995 - 1996
Allegan County Bar AssociationChairman - Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section1992 - 1993
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Arter & Hadden LPRecovered $12 million for creditors
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duquesne University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of PittsburghPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal ForumBankruptcy, Ethics, Credit2002