• New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


  • American Bar Association
  • American Judges Association
  • Federal Bar Council
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Magistrates Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association


  • Antioch University School of Law, JD
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA, with honors in Political Science
  • University of Pennsylvania, MA
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Jerry D. Bernstein


New York, NY v. +1.212.885.5511 f. +1.917.332.3766

Jerry D. Bernstein concentrates his practice in the areas of white collar criminal law and complex corporate and commercial litigation, handling high-profile cases throughout the country. Mr. Bernstein has chaired Blank Rome's White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group, and represents both individuals and corporations in areas including:

  • criminal prosecutions and grand jury investigations involving antitrust, securities, public corruption, FCPA, tax, money laundering, environmental, government contracts, and insurance fraud
  • corporate internal investigations
  • SEC and other federal regulatory proceedings
  • civil RICO and qui tam cases
  • commercial arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and the International Chamber of Commerce
  • design and implementation of corporate compliance programs

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Bernstein was a federal prosecutor for more than ten years, serving first as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., and then as a Special Attorney in the Organized Crime Strike Force in the Eastern District of New York. While at the Strike Force, Mr. Bernstein annually received the Justice Department's Special Achievement Award.

Mr. Bernstein serves as the Village Justice in Larchmont, New York.

Mr. Bernstein is a co-author of Audit Committees, published by the Bureau of National Affairs, on the establishment and maintenance of effective audit committees after the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.



  • Representation of company CEO in DOJ Antitrust Division criminal investigation of multi-national chemical companies for price fixing.
  • Representation of high-level executive at international shipping company in DOJ Antitrust Division criminal investigation and prosecution of Japanese and European shipping companies for market allocation and bid rigging.
  • Representation of company in DOJ Antitrust Division criminal investigation of film production companies and advertising agencies for bid rigging.
  • Representation of Creative Artists Agency and Frank Darabont in high-profile litigation against AMC Network in contract dispute over licensing fees involving the hit show, "The Walking Dead.”
  • Acquittal after 11-month trial of high-level Marsh & McLennan executive in criminal antitrust prosecution brought by New York State Attorney General. Following the verdict, Mr. Bernstein was named American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week”.
  • Representation of public company employees in DOJ Antitrust Division and European Commission criminal investigation of automobile industry.
  • Representation of Chairman/President/CEO of publicly-traded shipping company in DOJ Antitrust Division criminal investigation.
  • Representation of overseas executive in DOJ Antitrust Division criminal investigation of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display industry (TFT-LCD).
  • Representation of national food supplier and manufacturer in DOJ Antitrust Division criminal investigation.
  • Representation of two managing directors at major investment bank in DOJ Antitrust Division criminal investigation into bid rigging and kickbacks in issuance of municipal bonds.
  • Representation of hedge fund in SEC high-speed trading investigation.
  • Trial of high-profile public official in federal public corruption case in Las Vegas.
  • Representation of world-wide internet gaming companies and their executives in federal criminal investigations and civil forfeiture cases.
  • Representation of country's largest mortgage due diligence firm in connection with sub-prime mortgage investigations by the New York State Attorney General, SEC, and Connecticut Attorney General.
  • Representation of securities firm and principals in U.S. Attorney's Office and SEC “Squawk Box” investigation and prosecution of front-running by firm's traders.
  • Representation of national cosmetics company in federal civil RICO trial.
  • Representation of bank president in federal criminal bank fraud case.
  • Representation of U.S. software manufacturer in ICC arbitration proceeding in Paris.
  • Representation of major U.S. chemical company in $300 million fraudulent conveyance litigation in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.
  • Representation of national mortgage company in federal criminal investigation and related qui tam action and HUD regulatory proceedings.
  • Representation of global chemical company in multi-district MTBE litigation.


Mr. Bernstein is a member of the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Council, and the American Judges Association.


  • AV Preeminent, listed by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008–2018, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, listed in Best Lawyers in America©
  • New York City’s top litigators, listed by Super Lawyers and New York magazine

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