Practice Areas Overview

Our core purpose is to create partnerships that provide clients with peace of mind through expert service and zealous representation. Below are our practice areas and core competencies.

Bankruptcy & Restructuring

Our Bankruptcy and Restructuring attorneys have extensive experience representing both secured and unsecured creditors in all bankruptcy matters. With our large network of local counsel, we are able to handle bankruptcy cases nationwide and thus act as an efficient clearinghouse and one-stop shop for our clients’ bankruptcy needs.

Creditors’ Rights

Bernstein-Burkley has more board-certified creditors’ rights specialists than any other law firm in the country. Our Creditors’ Rights attorneys represent both secured and unsecured creditors throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. We handle various types of issues, including pre-litigation collection efforts, litigation, and judgment enforcement. We help our clients collect on both secured and unsecured commercial debt, and on consumer debt. Our team of Creditors’ Rights attorneys has the experience and ability to aggressively protect and enforce your rights in collection actions, foreclosures, repossessions, and credit documentation and management.

Business and Corporate Transactions

Bernstein-Burkley’s Corporate and Business attorneys skillfully represent our clients in a wide range of business transactions and corporate law. Our legal team has the experience and the ability to represent your interests in areas that include Corporate Law, Business Law and Employment.

Real Estate

The Real Estate Practice Group of Bernstein-Burkley has the knowledge, skills and experience to represent clients in all phases and aspects of commercial real estate transactions. Our attorneys routinely represent owners and developers in the acquisition, development, leasing and sale of commercial real estate projects as well as lenders in real estate secured lending and construction financing. As legal counsel to lenders as well as developers, purchasers and sellers of commercial real estate, we recognize and understand the perspectives of each party in a real estate transaction and use this experience to protect our clients’ interests while working diligently to meet each client’s individual business goals and objectives in a timely and efficient manner.


Bernstein-Burkley’s experienced team of litigators handles complex commercial cases and secure exceptional results, whether by trial or across the bargaining table. Our clients receive the support of a team of attorneys with experience that spans the spectrum of complex commercial litigation. We are dedicated to resolving our clients’ commercial disputes in the most effective and expeditious way possible while ensuring that the results achieved exceed our clients’ expectations. With extensive trial experience, a strong record in alternative dispute resolution, deep industry knowledge and advanced information technology systems, we produce winning strategies for our clients – both in and out of the courtroom.

Oil & Gas and Energy

Bernstein-Burkley has handled oil and gas lease matters at both the state and federal court levels and we represent clients in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.  We also handles real estate transactions for clients, including those that arise from property assessments for homeowners and corporations.  A property assessment appeal is more than claiming your property taxes are too high. Under Pennsylvania law, the official assessment is considered a valid assessment and the burden of proof is on the taxpayer to prove otherwise.