Eric S. Bernhardt



Mr. Bernhardt is an experienced litigator and appellate attorney.  His practice has encompassed multiple types of litigation including the defense of New York Labor Law, construction, product liability, trucking, professional and medical malpractice, automobile accident, and general negligence cases.  Mr. Bernhardt’s practice now focuses on the defense of construction accident/New York Labor Law cases.  His creative, practical, and cost-effective defense strategies help him to reach the best possible results for his clients, whether through motions, settlement, trial, or appeals.  

A Buffalo native, he earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and practiced in California for several years before moving back to his hometown in 2007.  After returning to Buffalo, he worked for a prominent local firm and was responsible for building the Buffalo office of a statewide law firm based in central New York.

Mr. Bernhardt has been recognized on the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list since 2022 and as a Rising Star from 2016 – 2018.


Eric S. Bernhardt
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Court Admissions

Courts of the State of New York

United States District Court
- Western District of New York
- Northern District of New York
- Central District of California

United States Bankruptcy Court
- Western District of New York

United States Court of Appeals
- 9th Circuit

Courts of the State of California

Admitted to Practice

New York

California (inactive)


University of Southern California,
  Gould School of Law (J.D., 2002)

University of Southern California
  (B.S., 1999, cum laude)

Professional Recognition

Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars List (2016 - 2018)

Upstate New York Super Lawyers (2022 - 2023)

Professional Associations

New York State Bar Association

Bar Association of Erie County 

Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York