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Ms. Bernstein Hough graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Law. Upon her graduation, Ms. Bernstein Hough worked for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association prior to her entering the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While in law school, Ms. Bernstein Hough was awarded the “Eleanor & James Clanton Haynes Memorial Law and Public Policy” fellowship, was a Senior Editor for a Law Journal, and volunteered for the Innocence Project investigating a case of wrongful conviction. During law school, Ms. Bernstein Hough also worked full-time as the Information Specialist for The Death Penalty Information Center where she delivered presentations about capital punishment to state, national and international organizations and even provided expert testimony before the Judiciary Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates. She graduated from the Columbus School of Law cum laude in 2002. Ms. Bernstein Hough joined the Fairfax County Public Defender’s Office in 2003 where she zealously represented clients charged with everything from Reckless Driving and Driving While Intoxicated to abduction, rape and murder. Ms. Bernstein Hough was promoted to the position of Senior Assistant Public Defender, where she continued handling serious felonies in addition to training and supervising less experienced attorneys. Ms. Bernstein Hough joined the Gordon Law Firm in 2007 where she took the responsibility of opening the firm’s Central Virginia office. In 2009 she opened her own law practice, Brisendine, Overand, Buster and Bernstein, P.C.. After the birth of their first child in 2010, Ms. Bernstein Hough left her firm to join her husband at the Law Office of Gregory R. Hough.  In 2012 Mrs. Bernstein Hough was admitted into the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 30%
    13 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    13 years
  3. Speeding Ticket: 30%
    13 years
  4. Expungement: 10%
    8 years



Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

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  • David Avard Chipman Long

    Paula is an excellent attorney and I recommend her without reservation.


    David Long Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Todd Michael Zinicola

    I have known Paula Bernstein for my entire legal career. She was first my supervisor when I was an intern, then later we worked together as public defenders. She has always been able to help me with difficult legal issues, negotiating strategies, and trial methods. I highly recommend Paula Bernstein to anyone looking for strong representation from an experienced lawyer.


    Todd Zinicola Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Gregory R. Hough, P.C.

4110 East Parham Road
Suite 201
Henrico, VA, 23228


VAAuthorized to practice law200203/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Eleanor & James Clanton Haynes Law and Public Policy FellowshipColumbus School of Law2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office Of Gregory R. Hough, P.C.2010 - Present
PresidentBrisendine, Overand, Buster & Bernstein2009 - 2010
VolunteerCentral Virginia Legal Aid2008 - 2010
AttorneyThe Gordon Law Firm2007 - 2009
Senior Assistant Public DefenderFairfax County Public Defender's Office2003 - 2007
Information SpecialistDeath Penalty Informaiton Center1998 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of VirginiaAttorney2012 - Present
Richmond Criminal Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Henrico County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University of AmericaLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of FloridaCriminology and LawBachelor of Arts degree1995