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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 - 2021
Licensed in Florida Since: 2010
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Business (40%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (30%), Business Litigation (30%)
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Andrew J. Bernhard is the managing partner at the Bernhard Law Firm in Miami, Florida. During his law career, Andrew Bernhard has represented national real estate developers, financial institutions, and corporations in their complex commercial, consumer finance, and real estate development matters. In recognition for his work, Super Lawyers magazine designated Andrew as a Rising Star, which is awarded to less than 2.5% of Florida lawyers. The Florida Bar Journal selected Andrew’s white paper on real estate contract deceleration for publication. Litigants have cited his writings in briefs to the Florida Supreme Court and Florida Third District Court of Appeal. The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Palm Beach Daily News, The Real Deal, and Automotive News have interviewed and quoted Andrew for his position on high-profile contract disputes. The Florida Supreme Court has quoted Andrew Bernhard's legal opinion in the landmark case of Bartram v. U.S. Bank National Association.

Before establishing Bernhard Law Firm, Andrew Bernhard litigated trials and appeals for Rivero Mestre LLP, handling commercial, finance, and banking disputes. Andrew represented national financial institutions in their escalated litigation matters ranging from violation of federal business and banking statutes, preservation of bank-owned real estate, defending securities fraud claims, and negotiating director and shareholder settlements. Prior to Rivero Mestre, Andrew Bernhard represented Florida communities and national real estate developers in real estate litigation and transactional matters. He also worked under Edwin G. Torres, United States Judge for the Southern District of Florida, and at the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office.

Andrew Bernhard was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. At age 17, Andrew moved to Costa Rica and later to Mexico. He returned to attend the University of Arizona, where he received a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry. Afterwards, Andrew taught business professionals in Buenos Aires and Milan for Repsol, BASF, American Express, Pfizer, and Phillips, working abroad for several more years. He has traveled to more than 75 countries on six continents.

Andrew Bernhard graduated magna cum laudefrom the University of Miami School of Law where he served as Executive Chair for the International Moot Court Board and received the CALI Excellence Award for International Moot Court. His professors named him a Dean’s Fellow for constitutional law, property, and legal research and writing, and granted him honors in Business Associations and Litigation Skills. The University of Miami School of Law awarded Andrew Bernhard the John F. Evans Memorial Scholarship for excellence in Litigation Skills.

Andrew and Bernhard Law Firm volunteer every week with Meals on Wheels to deliver essential food to disabled and elderly Floridians. Andrew and Bernhard Law Firm also regularly build housing for low-income Floridians through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Real Estate: Business
  • 30%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 30%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

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


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021

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 J. Bernhard

First Admitted: 2010, Florida

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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


  • 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)


  • 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

Educational Background

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

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

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

Last Updated: 12/10/2020

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