Jerry D. Bernstein

Partner
White Collar Defense & Investigations

Biography

Jerry Bernstein concentrates his practice in the areas of white collar criminal law and complex civil litigation, representing both individuals and companies. Jerry has chaired Blank Rome’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group, and handles high-profile cases throughout the country including:

  • criminal prosecutions and grand jury investigations involving antitrust, securities, public corruption, FCPA, tax, money laundering, environmental, government contracts, and insurance fraud
  • commercial litigation in state and federal courts
  • corporate internal investigations
  • SEC and other federal regulatory proceedings
  • Arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and the International Chamber of Commerce

Prior to entering private practice, Jerry was a federal prosecutor for more than 10 years, serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., and then as a Special Attorney at 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.

Outside the Firm

Jerry is a classical pianist, guitar player, rock climber, mountain climber, hiker, kayaker and (former) marathon runner.

Experience

  • A company CEO, in DOJ Antitrust Division criminal investigation of multinational chemical companies for price fixing.
  • A high-level executive at an international shipping company, in DOJ Antitrust Division criminal investigation and prosecution of Japanese and European shipping companies for market allocation and bid rigging.
  • Creative Artists Agency and Frank Darabont, in $300 million lawsuit 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, Jerry was named American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week.”
  • Public company employees, in DOJ Antitrust Division and European Commission criminal investigation of automobile parts industry.
  • The Chairman/President/CEO of a publicly-traded shipping company, in DOJ Antitrust Division criminal investigation.
  • Managing directors at a major investment bank, in DOJ Antitrust Division criminal investigation into bid rigging and kickbacks in issuance of municipal bonds.
  • A hedge fund, in SEC high-speed trading “spoofing” investigation.
  • Trial of a high-profile public official in a federal public corruption case in Las Vegas, NV.
  • World-wide internet gaming companies and their executives, in federal criminal investigations and civil forfeiture cases.
  • The 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.
  • A securities firm and principals, in U.S. Attorney’s Office and SEC “Squawk Box” investigation and prosecution of front-running by firm’s traders.
  • A national cosmetics company, in federal civil RICO trial.
  • A bank president, in a federal criminal bank fraud trial.
  • A U.S. software manufacturer, in ICC arbitration proceeding in Paris, France.
  • A manufacturer, in an International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) investigation.
  • A sports agent, in a federal bribery and kickback investigation related to NCAA basketball.

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    Recognitions

    • 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

    A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found here.

    Affiliations

    Memberships

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

    Jerry is a member of the New York Council of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Judges Association.

    Credentials

    Admissions

    • 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

    Education

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