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Nicholas Bernate

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Santa Rosa, CA

Clement, Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy, Inc.
3333 Mendocino Ave., Ste. 200
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: 707-437-9365
Fax: 415-981-0352
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021
Licensed in California Since: 2012
Practice Areas: Civil Litigation: Defense (20%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (50%), Real Estate: Business (30%)
Attorney Profile

Nicholas Bernate joined Clement, Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy Inc. as an associate in May 2018, and in January 2021, he became a shareholder. His practice is largely centered on complex real estate litigation, and he represents clients throughout Sonoma County and other parts of the San Francisco Bay Area from the firm’s offices in Santa Rosa, California. Mr. Bernate has been admitted to practice before all California state courts since 2012, and he has also argued cases before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Mr. Bernate attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, and he majored in legal studies before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 2008. He then went on to pursue his legal education at Santa Clara University School of Law. While he was there, Mr. Bernate served internships with the Sonoma County Public Defender’s Office, the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, and the Northern California Innocence Project, and he was a research assistant for a law school professor before being awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude and being inducted into the Order of the Coif in 2012.

Before he joined Clement, Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy Inc., Mr. Bernate was a senior associate at a San Francisco law firm, where he handled real estate and personal injury litigation. His workload now consists of complex real estate disputes, including cases that are based on landlord-tenant matters, lender liability, eminent domain, easements, contract breaches, escrow issues, and title insurance. He stays up to date on current developments in his practice area through his participation in several legal organizations.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 50%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 30%Real Estate: Business


5 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021

About Nicholas Bernate

First Admitted: 2012, California

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Educational Background

  • University of California at Santa Cruz, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies


  • Order of the Coif, Dean’s List, Witkin Awards for academic excellence, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • , Super Lawyer-Rising Star each year since 2017

Industry Groups

  • ABA
  • BASF
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Office Location for Nicholas Bernate

3333 Mendocino Ave., Ste. 200
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone: 707-437-9365

Fax: 415-981-0352

Last Updated: 4/19/2021

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