Jonathan M. Bernstein, a partner in the firm's Albany office, concentrates his practice in municipal liability, general litigation, professional liability, aviation law, land use and zoning, appellate advocacy, and defending civil rights and employment discrimination suits.
One of the preeminent municipal liability and employment law practitioners in New York State, Jon has defended counties, towns, cities, town boards, government agencies, mayors, and other elected officials in municipal liability, employment and labor, and civil rights matters. He has handled labor and employment matters before the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC). Jon has extensive experience defending municipalities in Article 78 proceedings where the petitioner is seeking to challenge government action, such as in land use and zoning decisions, and also frequently handles responses to Freedom of Information Law requests. He has also represented police and corrections officers in civil rights suits in federal and state courts. He is Chair of the Law Enforcement Sub-Committee of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Government Liability Committee. Also experienced in education law and in the employment and civil rights law concerns distinct to the field of education, Jon has successfully represented school districts, charter schools, and school officials.
Jon's considerable professional liability experience includes representing accountants and lawyers in malpractice lawsuits. In addition, he handles personal injury claims for the world's largest airline, and has handled personal injury matters involving construction sites for many employers throughout New York State.
Jon has handled appeals for matters including civil rights, employment, and personal injury before the New York Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and frequently serves as appellate counsel during trial. He has also tried cases to verdict in state and federal court.
Before joining Goldberg Segalla, Jon served as a confidential clerk for the New York Court of Appeals from 2002 to 2004.
Jon is the editor of Goldberg Segalla's Government Liability, Civil Rights, and Labor and Employment newsletter.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2008||08/04/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyers in the Capital Region, Labor and Employment Lit.||Capital Region Living||2018|
|Labor and Employment||Best Lawyers in America, Litigation||2017|
|Upstate New York Super Lawyer, 2013-16||Super Lawyers||N/A|
|Partner||Goldberg Segalla||2004 - Present|
|Confidential Clerk||New York State Court of Appeals||2002 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Defense Research Institute: Government Liability Committee||Chair, Law Enforcement Sub-Committee||N/A|
|Defense Research Institute: Government Liability Committee||Court Reporter Correspondent||N/A|
|Association of Towns||Member||N/A|
|County Attorney's Association of NY (CAASNY)||Member||N/A|
|County Attorney's Association of the State of New York Annual Conference, Cooperstown, NY||Co-Presenter, "New York State Sexual Harassment Update and Municipal Law Update,"||2018|
|Defense Research Institute||Co-Author, “Guideposts for Assessing Excessive Force,”||2017|
|For The Defense (DRI, Defense Research Institute)||Co-Author, “Is Your Police Department Ready to Implement Body Cameras?”||2016|
|The County Attorneys' Association of the State of New York, Cooperstown, NY||Co-Presenter, "Municipal Liability Update,"||2016|
|CASSNY||Speaker, "Dealing with eDiscovery Motions and Legal Holds on Electronic Records,"||2015|
|Defense Research Institute (DRI)||Co-Author, Government Tort Caps, Immunity, and Liability State-by-State Compendium||2013|
|For The Defense (DRI, Defense Research Institute)||Co-Author, “Examining the ‘Free’ in Free Public Services Doctrine,”||2013|
|The Whisper, Defense Research Institute||Author, “Citizens United Explored From A Different Perspective,”||2010|
|FDCC Quarterly||Co-Author, “Timeless Guideposts For Effective Corporate Governance,”||2009|
|The Whisper, Defense Research Institute||Author, “School Limiting Student Speech Held Constitutionally Permissible,”||2009|
|NYSBA Keeping Current With Automobile Litigation CLE Seminar||Presenter, “Perspectives When Preparing For The Automobile Claim: From Claim Stage Through Discovery And Trial,”||2008|
|The Whisper, Defense Research Institute||Author, “U.S. Supreme Court Upholds New York’s System For Electing Judges,”||2008|
|For the Defense, Defense Research Institute||Co-Author, “Municipal Strip Search Policy And The Law,”||2007|
|The Whisper, Defense Research Institute||Author, “U.S. Supreme Court Limits Remedy Available For Knock-And-Announce Violation,”||2007|
|New York State Bar Association, Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section Journal||Co-Author, “New York Court Of Appeals Rejects The Product Line Exception To Successor Corporate Liability,”||2007|
|The Whisper, Defense Research Institute||Author, “Government Can Be Held Liable Under FTCA For Postal Employee’s Negligence,”||2006|
|For the Defense, Defense Research Institute||Co-Author, “A Practitioner’s Guide To Use Of The PLRA In Federal Civil Rights Actions,”||2006|
|The Whisper, Defense Research Institute||Author, “United States Supreme Court Issues Groundbreaking Decision On Government’s Use of Eminent Domain,”||2005|
|Brooklyn Law School||JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude||2002|
|University of Colorado - Boulder||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|
|Tokio Marine HCC Annual Claims Seminar, Plymouth, MI||Co-Presenter, "New York State Sexual Harassment Update"||2018|
|County Attorney's Association of the State of New York Annual Conference||Co-Presenter, "New York State Sexual Harassment Update and Municipal Law Update"||2018|
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