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Bernard Flynn Cantorna

Car accident Attorney at State College, PA

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 25 years
    Wisconsin - WI 33 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1990
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Bernard

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Bernie Cantorna is a State College trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience in Centre County and statewide. His practice focuses on litigation, emphasizing the representation of people who have been seriously injured and persons charged with serious crimes. He holds the two largest jury verdicts in Centre County, including a $16.5 million verdict in 2012 for a woman physically and mentally abused by her psychologist. Mr. Cantorna is a senior instructor at the Trial Lawyers College, founded by the renowned Wyoming attorney Gerry Spence. He is a former law professor, public defender and CPA . He is a member of the Million Dollar and Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Bernard is a proud father of two, Head Coach of the State  High Women’s Rugby team and Defensive coach for the Penn State Women’s Rugby team. Contact him directly at or email him

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Bryant & Cantrona PC
1901 East College Av
State College, PA, 16801
Bryant & Cantorna, P.C.
107 east Main Street
Bryant & Cantorna Pc
Millheim, PA
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Posted by Chad | September 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Legal and family
Hired for family law. Bernie has stuck by me and my family for around 9 to 10 years so far after child custody was given to myself. When I hired Bernie I was very impressed with his education and community life. Bernie has gone above and beyound what law school could ever teach him. Bernie was a law student of the greatest defense attorney Gerry Spence. Bernies community life is more than what I expected. His involvment is very strong. I believe if their is one person who could correct what's wrong with the Centre county system it would be Bernie.
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Posted by Dave | March 31, 2016
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Medical Malpractice
Attorney Cantorna did an excellent job in representing us in a malpractice claim against Mount Nittany Medical Center. He spent hundreds of hours learning every detail of a complex medical case. He did an excellent job in his examination of witnesses and in cross examining the defense witnesses. He is bring honor to the legal profession.
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Posted by Jim | December 30, 2015
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Bernie Cantorna
I know Bernie Cantorna to be a good person and an excellent lawyer with a passion for helping people in their time of need. When I was suffering from the depths of PTSD which was acutely exacerbated by an auto mobile accident and the ill effects of a concussion sustained from the same auto mobile accident, which was not my fault, I became unable to work or even care for myself. By using his experience, knowledge, and professional network, Bernie successfully provided me with his services by defending my rights and needs against an at fault insurance company. I know that Bernie did everything within his abilities to to defend my rights and make sure that I was taken care of in my desperate time of need. Ultimately, Bernie maximized the compensation I received from the at fault insurance company. I hope that no one I know would ever be in a such a helpless position, as the one I was in, but, if they were, I would absolutely recommend Bernie Cantorna to them. I am certain that Bernie would provide anyone, including you, with the same level of defense, care, and compassion that he provided me. It is who I know Bernie Cantorna to be.
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Posted by Claire | December 8, 2015
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Ethical Excellence
He took on our very complicated and not easily winnable case. Not only did he manage to secure an outcome that exceeded our most optimistic expectations, he did so with an admirable respect and passion for the legal process and justice. At every opportunity he explained options, offered advice and genuinely listened to all our doubts. We remain grateful, and indebted, to this day. Even though this was a stressful and unwelcome experience for us -- as we were being sued and did not want to have anything to do with litigation -- working with Bernie was as pleasant as any such experience could be. We consulted many lawyers in the area, and in adjacent cities. Our choice was the right one. Bernie's brilliance and legal expertise are unparalleled.
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Posted by Diane | December 1, 2015
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a stand-out lawyer
At a time of complete devastation in my life I found Bernard Flynn Cantorna. He trusted in me before I learned how much I could trust and believe in him. He came to my aid and with sincerity/honesty/persistence and dedication to right the wrong, he defended me against a dishonest lawyer and saved my life. He not only righted many wrongs, he restored my faith in other human beings...and I consider him a trusted friend for life.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bryant & Cantorna, P.C.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Assistant Clinical Professor
  • University Of Wisconsin Law School
  • 1994 - 1998
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Wisconsin Public Defender's Office
  • 1990 - 1993


  • Trial Lawyer's College
  • 1994
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Smith v. Jones
  • $204,000 Jury Verdict
  • E.L. v. Metter
  • $16.5 Million Dollar Jury Verdict
  • Saleh v. Pasternack
  • $1.75 Million Jury Verdict


  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2017
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • 1990
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • 1990

Speaking Engagements

  • Grad 2 Trial Skills and Storytelling
  • Trial Skills
  • 2016
  • McKeever/Sandy Lake Trial Skills Seminar
  • Voix Dire and Storytelling Through Cross Examination
  • 2015
  • McKeever/Sandy Lake Trial Skills Seminar
  • Opening and Closing Arguments and Discovering the Story for Trial
  • 2014
  • Grad II Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Trial Skills
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Cantorna is more than able to identify and resolve litigious issues. Even further, he is knowledgeable of criminal law and is a very skilled attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cantorna was one of the first attorneys that I met when I returned to Central Pennsylvania. He couldn't be more generous with his time and assistance to a fellow member of the bar. I have witnessed first hand Mr. Cantorna's tireless efforts on behalf of his clients and unwavering commitment to justice."
Car accident Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bernie is an extremely skilled attorney. His ability to spot the critical issue in a case is second-to-none, and he is the embodiment of professionalism in our field. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend my friends and family hire Bernie."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Bernie is honorable, hardworking and intelligent. He is well versed in civil and criminal litigation."
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