Louis D. Bernstein

Louis D. Bernstein

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Bernstein Law Firm LLC
 | 350 N. Clark Street, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-645-6090
Fax: 866-929-7392
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Real Estate: Business (20%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (20%),
  • Appellate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Lou began his practice of law in New York in 1984 prior to moving to Chicago, where he became an equity partner at Gould & Ratner in 1992. He also held the same position at Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg and Much Shelist, prior to forming Bernstein Law Firm in 2009. During those formative years, Lou garnered experience representing clients throughout the United States, in complex civil litigation matters before trial courts, arbitration panels, mediators, and numerous state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Lou also served as chairman of the litigation department and governing bodies of several of those firms. However, large firm politics and adherence to the bottom line took its toll. As Lou liked to joke, “I could not wait to get out of the office and into court for some peace and quiet.” Lou then decided to build upon his experience and open his own law firm to better represent his clients and provide a work environment more conducive to relationship building and fostering collegiality among the attorneys and staff of the firm.

    About Louis Bernstein

    Admitted: 1986, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: https://bernsteinlawchicago.com/about-us/louis-d-bernstein/


    • Chairman Emeritus-Mankind Project Chicago

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Admitted to New York State Bar, still currently registered, 1984
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
    • Admitted to Illinois State Bar, Active and Authorized to Practice Law, 1986
    • U.S. District Court of Illinois for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, on behalf of abused children
    • The Bernstein Law Firm devotes 10% of its yearly billings to those indigent and in-need
    • Service on Board of Directors for the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra 

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Real Estate Finance: Debt and Equity Considerations in Real Estate Transactions, Northwestern Law School, 2011
    • Looking for Out of the Box Solutions for Real Estate Developer Chapter 11 Clients, Aspatore, 2011


    • Successful resolution on behalf of developers of Block 37 in $300 million lawsuit, including appellate practice in both the Illinois Appellate Court and Illinois Supreme Court.
    • Obtaining dismissal with prejudice on all counts in putative class action lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase, which included a successful defense of the appeal before the Illinois Appellate Court.
    • Obtaining dismissal of putative class action lawsuit in Federal Court against Bumble Bee Foods.
    • Successful resolution of franchise litigation on behalf of Pepperidge Farm, including appellate practice before the Illinois Appellate Court.
    • Obtaining entry of court order, in excess of $30 million, authorizing the sale of defendants’ interests in over 50 different companies, including successful affirmative result before the Illinois Appellate Court
    • Successful dismissal of $15 million RICO claim in Federal Court in high-profile partnership dispute.
    • Representation of several Chicago business institutions, and Fortune 100 companies, in delicate trade secret violation litigation matters.
    • Obtained dismissal by summary judgment of McDonald’s franchise in lengthy tort action, including successful affirmative result before the Illinois Appellate Court.

    Representative Clients:

    • Pepperidge Farm
    • Chicago "Block 37" Developers
    • Lettuce Entertain You
    • Crown Family
    • Friedman Properties
    • Bumble Bee Foods
    • JPMorgan Chase
    • Chevron Energy


    • Guest Correspondent on Politics Tonight with Paul Lisnek, 2011

    Educational Background:

    • Hofstra University School of Law (J.D.), 1983
    • Indiana University (B.A.), Magna Cum Laude, 1980
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    Office Location for Louis D. Bernstein

    350 N. Clark Street
    Suite 400
    Chicago, IL 60654

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    Last Updated: 9/19/2019

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