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 - 2019
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: http://www.bernsteinlawchicago.com/louis_d_bernstein.html


  • Chairman Emeritus-Mankind Project Chicago

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Service on Board of Directors for the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra 
  • 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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Looking for Out of the Box Solutions for Real Estate Developer Chapter 11 Clients, Aspatore, 2011
  • Real Estate Finance: Debt and Equity Considerations in Real Estate Transactions, Northwestern Law School, 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.
  • Representation of several Chicago business institutions, and Chevron Energy, in delicate trade secret violation litigation matters.
  • Aside from the pro bono services that Bernstein Law Firm takes pride in, and being appointed guardian ad litem for abused children through Chicago Volunteer Services, Lou has served on the board of directors for the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra and the Mankind Project Chicago, where he is Chairman Emeritus.

Representative Clients:

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


  • 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
Office Location for Louis D. Bernstein

350 N. Clark Street
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60654

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Last Updated: 1/3/2019

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