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-Burkley, 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.
Bob writes and lectures for local and national groups on matters of collection, bankruptcy, business law, and professional ethics and, for more than 19 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. He is a regular contributor to the 5 Minute Legal Master Series.
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 served as chair of the Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility of the CLLA. Bernstein served as chairman 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, and the Professional Ethics 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 has been a named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2004 in the area of bankruptcy and workouts by Philadelphia Magazine. In 2013, Bernstein-Burkley, P.C. was given the ranking of a Metropolitan First Tier Law Firm in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and in Litigation – Bankruptcy by US News and World Report – Best Lawyers. He has also been named as one of The Best Lawyers in America since 2009 by his peers in the field of Bankruptcy.