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Robert Michael Bernstein

Criminal defense Attorney at Beverly Hills, CA

5.0   11 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 27 years
    Florida - FL 30 years
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1993
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    Federal, State and Juvenile Criminal Defense.

    31 years, 5,000 cases

As a former prosecutor working directly under U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, Mr. Bernstein gained extensive knowledge of the system from both sides—an invaluable experience he uses to build a winning defense. Today he specializes in defending all major felony and misdemeanor criminal cases in Federal, State and Juvenile Court, and is recognized as one of Los Angeles County’s premier Criminal Defense Attorneys. 

For nearly two decades, Robert M. Bernstein, Attorney at Law has been aggressively representing his clients with the legal expertise they deserve. Nothing is more important to Mr. Bernstein than seeing a client prevail—whether facing a felony or misdemeanor charge. As his client's strongest and most trusted advocate, his success is founded on integrity, experience and professionalism. And is strengthened by his deep concern and compassion for his client's legal defense.

Mr. Bernstein's practice is exclusively devoted to criminal defense. He has earned a reputation for his aggressive representation as a hard-hitting defense tactics. While many attorneys claim to offer dynamic representation, Robert M. Bernstein delivers.  He asks all the tough questions and knows how to build a winning strategy at trial.

Admitted to practice law in both California and Florida as well as all Federal Courts including the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bernstein is a Member of the American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, California Public Defenders Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

Bernstein has appeared as a legal analyst on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News and has been extensively covered in the Los Angeles Times. He has also been featured frequently as a guest on KABC 790 AM and KRLA 870 AM.

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Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein
9595 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 900
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212

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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney in CA!
I hired Mr. Bernstein after another attorney had made many promises and delivered nothing. Mr. Bernstein took over my case and really went the extra mile. His knowledge, wisdom and tactics resulted in the charges reduced to a misdemeanor with no jail time. His deep concern for my well being was very comforting in such a stressful situation. I absolutely recommend Robert Bernstein to any one who finds themselves in need of a criminal attorney. He is by far the best!
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Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Saved my career and prevented my going to prison
Almost two years ago, I heard a knock at the door that no person ever wants to hear - a search warrant from a federal agency. I had an inkling as to why they were there and quickly went into panic mode. To add fuel to the fire, my entire family was home at the time. The feds left with many of my personal items and their questions left my family and neighbors wondering if they really knew me. I quickly met several lawyers, with Robert being the first. Each lawyer thereafter asked me if I had met any lawyer before meeting with them and I always told them. Every lawyer that I met said nothing but good things about Robert when I mentioned that I had spoken to him. Because I had not been charged with anything and there was a chance that I might not be charged at all, I ended up hiring another lawyer who told me that he could get me off on a light misdemeanor and boy was that a mistake. Last summer, almost 15 months after the feds raided my house, the cops blindsided me with an arrest warrant. The lawyer who I hired did nothing on the case and actually lied. He hooked me up with this skeezer bail bondman who wanted more money and held the threat of going back to jail. I knew I was in trouble and called Robert. He took over my case two days before my arraignment. The charges were actually more serious than I expected, but after weeks of negotiations and mitigation, the sentence was light. I was sentenced to 60 days in county jail but was out in three days on a serious felony. I still have several obstacles to overcome and stay out of trouble, but I still have my career and people do not know about my legal woe. I trusted Robert's instinct and appreciated that he was accessible. The first person I called when I got out of jail was Robert.
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Posted by Denise | September 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
It Pays To Hire The Best
It was my first DUI, and I hope my last, and when the cops pulled me over, I was devastated and scared. A recommended Criminal Defense Attorney Robert M. Bernstein. When I called, I didn't expect to speak to him directly. Yet, there he was, on line and willing to listen to a very nervous and scared woman. Mr. Bernstein from the very start put me at ease with his professional manner. After asking me a few pertinent questions, he explained the options that he would consider based on his many years of experience in processing DUI cases such as mine. I felt assured that I was in good hands and at the end of the day, I got a fair and satisfactory decision. If you know of anyone who needs a sharp and hands-on attorney, Bernstein is your guy. He's the best and very nice, too. He encouraged me to make better choices so that this event doesn't happen again. That's great advice!
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Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2014
Felony Sex Crime and Case Rejected
A former friend of mine had accused me of sexual battery. This is a crime that carried a potential maximum sentence of 8 years in state prison. Considering the severity of the charges and the fact that it was my first time being arrested one can only imagine the fear and stress I was going through. My life and career were at stake, but Robert was able to provide me with peace of mind and ultimately my life back. He was able to convince the DA that my accuser had consented to the contact, which resulted in my case being rejected by the DA's office and thus prevented them from filing charges in the first place. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined such a favorable outcome. Thanks to Robert I can honestly say I have never been charged with a crime. When Robert claims to be an aggressive attorney that is merely an understatement. He fought for my behalf with a vigor that one typically only reserves for the most dire of situations. Yet at the same time he was compassionate and made me feel as if I was his personal acquaintance or the only case he had (which I can I assure you it wasn’t). After our first meeting he gave me his personal cell phone number and made himself always available. Prior to hiring Robert I called an attorney’s office who wouldn’t even speak with me personally when I was providing the initial details of my case. Instead, all communication was through an assistant and even when he had to reschedule my initial consultation he had his assistant do it for him. This is something I could never imagine Robert putting his clients through. With Robert you get what you pay for and then some.
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Posted by Matthew | July 10, 2014
The Best Attorney in California
I hired Mr. Bernstein to represent my son in a criminal case. He was terrific, always returned our calls, and we even had his cell phone number from the first meeting. It was a complicated process and Mr. Bernstein patiently helped us through it all. Finally, he was able to work out a great deal and literally saved my son's life from ruin. We cannot express enough gratitude to this exceptional attorney!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2014
NEED A GREAT ATTORNEY? Look no further than Robert right here! He saved me $2,500!!
I was looking to retain an attorney so I came across Robert Bernstein's website and was very impressed with him after doing research. I contacted him on a Sunday and left a message and he called me back the same day within only one hour! Really?! Having an attorney who is very accessible is extremely important but it's super hard to find. I spoke with him and was very impressed by how knowledgable he is regarding CA law, and I was also very impressed by his great deal of just plain common sense. There is nothing like finding a great attorney who is honest and ethical. Robert is that kind of an attorney no doubt! He saved me $2,500!!!! He spoke to me for free about my case for about 20 minutes and told me I probably didn't really even need to retain an attorney for this matter. Many others would have seen dollar signs and jumped at the chance to take my easy case for the quick and easy money. All I can say is THANK YOU Robert for all your help and for your honesty. If I ever need an attorney I won't think twice about retaining Robert!
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Posted by John | July 16, 2013
Amazing Criminal Defense Lawyer
Recently, I was falsely accused of some very serious felony charges and was extremely worried. Don't waste your time meeting numerous attorneys as I did, Robert Bernstein is clearly the BEST criminal defense attorney out there. He impressed me from the beginning with his vast knowledge, compassion and extensive experience. I felt it was important to have a former prosecutor like Robert represent me, knowing that he would understand the process and the ins and outs of the court system. Robert took the time to listen to me and understood what I was dealing with. He started working on my case immediately, even before my initial court date. Robert met with the detectives and the District Attorney’s office and was ultimately able to get all the charges dismissed. From our first meeting, he knew how panicked I was by this situation. Robert alleviated my concerns by explaining to me the process I would go through and assured me that I would not be alone at any time throughout the case. He was right! Thanks to Robert, I have my life back and this nightmare is finally over. If you are ever in need of a criminal attorney and are looking for an aggressive, but caring attorney who has the experience and knowledge to accomplish the best results, then call Robert right away. I cannot recommend his services enough. Robert is simply the best!
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Posted by Alicia | June 19, 2013
Compassionate and caring but determined and razor sharp in court!
I hired Criminal Attorney Robert Bernstein to represent my son in a federal criminal case. Robert is an amazing lawyer and just a wonderful person. The time and effort he put into the case was extraordinary. He was always available to answer our questions and calm our nerves. We cannot thank him enough for what he did for our son and our entire family. If you were to find yourself involved in a criminal case he is the one person to call.
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Posted by Scott | December 22, 2011
The Best Criminal Lawyer in Los Angeles
I hired Robert to defend me against federal criminal charges in Los Angeles after already having a prior attorney who did nothing on my behalf. Robert's knowledge of the federal legal system was invaluable in achieving such a great result and keeping me out of prison. I cannot recommended him highly enough as a lawyer and a great person. Thanks again for everything you did for myself and my family!
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Posted by Mark | July 21, 2010
Amazing Results
I had no idea that I was being investigated by Federal Law Enforcement Agents when I was arrested for tax evasion, bank fraud, securities violation, and theft. Apparently they had been watching me for years. To say I was overwhelmed by the charges would be putting it lightly. I was facing over 10 years in Federal Prison – my entire life was crumbling. I hired Mr. Bernstein because he was the only lawyer I spoke to who was actually knowledgeable about all of the charges I was facing. He has years of experience in the Federal Court criminal justice system, whereas other lawyers I spoke to only knew the State Court’s justice system. I was sentenced to probation with home confinement, so I was still able to work from home and support my family. I wasn’t expecting such an extraordinary outcome to my case – thanks for everything Mr. Bernstein!
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Posted by Andy | June 2, 2010
Best Criminal Defense Attorney in LA
Several months ago I was arrested and charged with a serious felony crime and facing many years in prison. After retaining Robert Bernstein, he was able to get my charges reduced to a misdemeanor and I was placed on probation with no jail time. I am so thankful to have found such an amazing attorney. The personal attention I received was outstanding: all of my phone calls were answered or promptly returned, he always made time for me when I needed to meet with him, and he was able to thoroughly prepare me for all of my court appearances. I highly recommend Robert Bernstein to anyone in need of a criminal defense lawyer. He saved my career and my reputation, and for that, I cannot thank him enough.
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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein
  • 1999 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Chase & Weiss
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office
  • 1993 - 1996


  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Temple University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • US v. DB
  • Defendant was placed on probation with community service and orderd to pay restitution
  • United States v. G.R.
  • Defednant was sentenced to 18 months in a minimum security Federal Prison
  • People v. Brown
  • Not Guilty on all Counts
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  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Editor
  • Loyola Law Reveiw
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Trial Advocacy
  • Cross Examination of Eyewitness Identification
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Robert
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Robert Bernstein is a fantastic criminal defense attorney. I have had the privilege of working alongside Robert on numerous cases over the last fifteen years. He has a firm knowledge of the law and a great courtroom presence. In addition, he cares greatly about his clients. Most importantly, he gets great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to work with Robert on a number of matters. It is a pleasure to work with a lawyer who has such a sharp legal mind; who is so skilled at what he does; and, most importantly, who shares the same level of dedication to his clients as do I. If it were me who faced criminal charges and needed a criminal defense attorney, I would hire Robert Bernstein, hands down."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert is an outstanding and successful advocate for his clients, and seeks the best case scenario results in even the most challenging cases. I refer my clients to him who need a knowledgeable and ethical attorney for all types of criminal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Robert Bernstein is an aggressive lawyer who takes pride in his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Bernstein is an exceptional criminal defense lawyer that ethically and vigorously represents his clients and obtains sensational results."
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