Andrew J. Bernhard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Miami, FL

Bernhard Law Firm
 | 333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 2000
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 786-871-3349
Fax: 786-871-3301
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (40%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (30%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Andrew J. Bernhard is the managing partner at the Bernhard Law Firm in Miami, Florida. Mr. Bernhard represents individuals, corporations, banks and real estate developers in Miami in banking, business, consumer claims, fraud and real estate matters.

Mr. Bernhard became a licensed attorney in 2010. He is admitted before all Florida state courts; the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida; and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Bernhard has been involved in numerous high-profile matters. He has been quoted or featured in major publications, including Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times and Palm Beach Daily News. He has also authored articles and opinions that have been featured in the Florida Bar Journal and quoted by the Florida Supreme Court.

Mr. Bernhard has received several awards for his accomplishments. International Advisory Experts awarded his firm the “contract disputes firm of the year” in 2017 and awarded him the “dispute resolution lawyer of the year” award in 2018. He was also named one of the “top attorneys” by Pasadena magazine in 2016 and one of the top 10 percent of attorneys by Lawyers of Distinction.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from The University of Arizona, Mr. Bernhard spent several years working abroad for various international corporations. He later received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. Before founding his firm, he worked for a private firm handling banking and business issues.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Real Estate (40%): Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Short Sale

Business Litigation (30%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Civil Litigation (30%)

Focus Areas

Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Short Sale, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


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Rising Stars: 2016 - 2019

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White Papers

  • Equity Skimming - An Investor's Guide to Avoid Trouble (2017) - To facilitate good faith investors in entering the alternative market of purchasing encumbered properties, this article seeks to differentiate illegal equity skimming from legal property investment in encumbered real estate.

  • Exceptions to the Purchaser Pendente Lite Theory (2015) - A property investor's guide to navigating intervention in a pending lawsuit on recently purchased property. This paper serves to reinforce well-established exceptions to the purchaser pendente lite theory, enabling investors to properly protect their real property investment through intervention.

  • About Andrew Bernhard

    Admitted: 2010, Florida

    Professional Webpage:


    • International Advisory Experts 2017 Contract Disputes Firm of the Year in Florida
    • International Advisory Experts 2018 Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year in Florida
    • Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Star 2016, 2017 and 2018
    • Lawyers of Distinction Top 10% Attorneys
    • Pasadena Magazine Top Attorneys 2016
    • Dean's Fellow designation in Constitutional Law, Property Law, and Legal Research & Writing - the Academic Achievement Program is a collaborative effort involving the University of Miami School of Law administration, faculty and students with the goal of developing analytical and examination skills and the early integration of students into the law curriculum. The program’s focus is student learning and the various factors that can affect student performance in law school., Dean's Fellow, University of Miami School of Law, 2008
    • Premonition Analytics Top 20 Attorney By Win Rate (before Hon. Spence Eig)
    • Avvo Rating 10/10 Superb
    • The John F. Evans Memorial Scholarship was established in 1989 in memory of John F. Evans, criminal defense attorney, former deputy chief of the US State Department’s Miami Strike Force, and founding partner of the law firm of Zuckerman, Spaeder, Taylor and Evans.  It is awarded each semester to a second or third year student who has expressed an interest in trial practice and excelled in the Litigation Skills competition., John F. Evans Memorial Scholarship, University of Miami School of Law, 2009
    • The CALI Excellence for the Future Award in International Moot Court recognizes academic excellence and may be awarded to a student in each course, workshop, or seminar who has exhibited excellence in class performance, attendance and final grade., CALI Excellence Award, University of Miami School of Law, 2009
    • Magna Cum Laude Honors Graduate Designation, Magna Cum Laude, University of Miami School of Law, 2010

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
    • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florica
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
    • Florida state bar
    • Dade County Bar Association, 2012
    • Florida Bar International Lawyers Section, 2012
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2012

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Dade County Pro Bono Put Something Back Project., 2011

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Institutional lenders across the country are confronting the statute of limitations in mortgage foreclosure. Lenders are asserting that the escape is deceleration. Deceleration is the act of undoing a mortgage note’s acceleration and the accrual of the limitations period to return the lending arrangement to status quo ante — an installment agreement maturing in the distant future. Florida appellate courts have yet to flesh out mortgage deceleration. In anticipation of a surge in deceleration litigation in Florida, this article explains the concept of deceleration and its capacity to extend the foreclosure crisis for years to come., Author, Deceleration: Restarting the Expired Statute of Limitations in Mortgage Foreclosures, Florida Bar Journal, Real Estate, 2014


    • Bartram v. U.S. Bank N.A., 211 So. 3d 1009 (Fla. 2016)
    • Callan v. Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, 93 F. Supp. 3d 725 (S.D. Tex. March 21, 2015)
    • Aquarius Bldg., Inc. v. Maldonado, 206 So. 3d 710 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015)
    • Queiroz v. Bentley Bay Retail, LLC, 237 So. 3d 1108 (Fla. 3d DCA 2018)

    Educational Background:

    • Bridge-Linguatec TEFL Certification, 2005
    • University of Arizona - B.S. in Biology, Minors in Chemistry and Spanish., 2005

    Industry Groups

    • Banking
    • Business
    • Real Estate
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    Office Location for Andrew J. Bernhard

    333 SE 2nd Avenue
    Suite 2000
    Miami, FL 33131

    Phone: 786-871-3349

    Fax: 786-871-3301

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    Last Updated: 1/8/2019

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