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Robert Steven Bernstein

About Robert Bernstein

About me

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.