My law practice primarily involves litigation on behalf of individuals and small businesses, including family-owned businesses. I have also represented publicly traded corporations.
In my law firm no two cases are alike. Some cases can be resolved without ever going to court where both parties see merit in fashioning a compromise, or where there is a need to avoid media scrutiny. Other cases require litigation through pretrial proceedings, trial, and appeal. For these cases I vigorously press all available factual and legal arguments, but also look for pragmatic, real-world results and practical solutions whenever possible. Litigation costs are held down because I am a solo practitioner. Where cases require additional personnel, experienced lawyers who have worked with me before are brought in to work under my supervision.
Experience and Practice Areas
I have represented clients in the federal and state courts and before arbitrators for over forty years. My practice is concentrated in the metropolitan New York area, but I have also represented clients in courts in other states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Illinois and Florida.
My litigation practice areas include partnership disputes, securities fraud and other fraud matters, contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty cases, trademark infringement cases, legal and accounting malpractice cases, internal investigations, and appeals. I represent employers in cases involving alleged age, race and marital discrimination and in cases involving unpaid overtime claims. I also represent individuals and businesses in government investigations and prosecutions involving the United States Attorney’s Office, the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities & Exchange Commission, and other government agencies.
Representative Cases Include:
Obtained a multi-million dollar arbitration award against a U.S. Fortune 500 company on behalf of a United Kingdom corporation in a contract dispute.
Obtained dismissal of a federal securities fraud action against the owner of a small business.
Represented a business owner in obtaining an acquittal on mail fraud charges in federal district court.
Represented a registered representative in defeating the Securities & Exchange Commission in a debarment proceeding.
Brought successful accounting malpractice cases on behalf of a real estate owner against its accounting firm for overlooking embezzlement, and on behalf of a charitable foundation against its accounting firm for failing to report a $6 million fraud.
Litigated a legal malpractice claim for a business against its former counsel and obtained a favorable jury verdict at trial.
Successfully resolved cases against employers facing claims of racial discrimination claims and claims involving failure to pay overtime to employees.
Represented an attorney under investigation by the IRS for alleged omissions and misstatements in federal and state income tax returns, resulting in no prosecution and a civil resolution.
Resolved a federal mail fraud case against a business owner accused of a $10 million marketing fraud with a sentence of house arrest.
Defeated a trademark infringement claim on behalf of a product manufacturer; defeated a software infringement claim against a small business.
Represented a trademark applicant in reversing a denial of trademark registration by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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Roger J. Bernstein, Attorney-at-Law
551 Fifth Avenue, 12th FloorNew York, NY 10176(212) 748-4800 (o)(917) 566-5246 (m)