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EDWARD M. BERNSTEIN, ESQ.

500 South Fourth Street

Las Vegas, Nevada  89101

(702) 240-0000 / (702) 385-4640 fax

Edward M. Bernstein is the owner of Edward M. Bernstein & Associates, a law firm with offices in Las Vegas.  He has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the City of Las Vegas Municipal Court and for the City of North Las Vegas.  He was the Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in 2000.  He has been appointed by the Governor to serve as a hearing officer for the State of Nevada Personnel Advisory Commission as well as a hearing officer for the State of Nevada Department of Administration and the Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners.  He is active in serving on committees within the Nevada State Bar such as the Professionalism Committee and Southern Disciplinary Board and has in the past served as a member of the Nevada State Bar Fee Dispute Committee; Nevada State Bar Lawyer Referral Service Committee and Nevada State Bar Judicial Fund-Raising Practices Study Committee.  He is a member of the Nevada Justice Association, having served on it’s Board of Governors.  He is also a member of the Clark County Bar Association and a past member of the Clark County Bar Professionalism Committee.  He has been appointed by United States District Court Judge, Lloyd George to serve on the Federal Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the District of Nevada and as a member of the Supreme Court Community Relations Committee.   He was also appointed by the City Council to serve on a Citizen’s Priority Advisory Committee and appointed by the Mayor to serve on the Clark County Regional Flood Control Citizen’s Advisory Committee and the downtown Las Vegas Business Partnership Committee.

 

He has litigated approximately a dozen cases to jury decision in District Court and tried approximately 100 bench trials in Municipal, Justice and District Court.   He has appeared dozens of times in Worker’s Compensation Hearings and Appeals, as well as in Employment Hearings, Equal Rights Commission Hearings, Nevada Gaming Commission Hearings, Driver License Hearings, The Las Vegas City Council and The Clark County Commission and has appeared and argued before the Nevada Supreme Court. His law firm has helped over 25,000 injured clients. He was selected by the American Trial Lawyer Association to Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

 

Community Appointments and Service

Since 1989 he has been the moderator and host of The Ed Bernstein Show, a 30-minute television talk show which is the longest running television talk show in the State of Nevada and airs on the NBC affiliate in southern Nevada.   He was also the host of a 30-minute radio program on K-NEWS which featured prominent southern Nevadans discussing legal, political and local issues.

 

Ed has been very active in the community especially with reference to diversity and minority  and medical issues.  He has served as an executive board member and is a former presiding chairman of The National Conference (formerly National Conference of Christians and Jews).  He was a member of the Committed 100 Men, where he has been a mentor to an African-American boy who does not have a father.  He was a regional board member of the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that fights racism and bigotry worldwide.  He has served as a board member of Temple Beth Sholom since 1986 and served as its president for three years.  He has served as a director of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas and he as an honorary board member of the Catholic Jewish and Christian Student Center at UNLV.  His activism in working with diversity in our community has resulted in Ed acting as a moderator for an educational forum regarding minority concerns and working as a founder of the Community Coalition to ease community tensions after the L.A. riots.

 

He has worked to stop drinking while driving for over ten years with MADD wherein he and Sandy Heverly developed the first Red Ribbon campaign, which become a national prototype as well as the first Home For The Holidays campaign which offered free taxi rides over Christmas and New Year’s to those who had been drinking.  He has also produced PSAs and was active as a spokesperson for MADD then STOP DUI.

For several years he has been a Board Member and spokesperson for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America and he is the founder of The Edward Bernstein Charitable Foundation and The Bernstein Family Fund for IBD at the Cleveland Clinic.

 

Speeches & Publications

In addition to being a spokesperson for MADD, Ed has spoken before various community groups including Rotary Clubs; US Small Business Association; Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center; The American Marketing Association and Toastmasters as well as speaking at various public schools and religious schools.  Ed speaks on a variety of topics ranging from ethics, community responsibility, law, and marketing.  He has spoken on numerous occasions to students at UNLV on law and/or marketing.  He has been contributing writer to Journal of Psychology; Sentinel Voice; El Mundo, Imagenes Magazine; Nevada State Bar Journal, Inter Alia; Clark County Bar Publication, The Communiqué.

 

 

Honors & Awards

Ed has been honored for his recognition on behalf of his work with MADD on numerous occasions.  He has been recipient of the Clark County Bar Association’s Professionalism Award, the Citizen Committee on Victims’ Rights Award, the American Muslim Women of Nevada Community Service Award and honored by the Executive of the Year presented by the Professional Secretaries International (PSI).  He has been honored for his community achievement by the Women’s American ORT and recognized by Outstanding Young Men of America and Distinguished Men in Southern Nevada.

 

Education

Long Island University, B.A., 1971

Widener University, J.D., 1975

 

Courts Admitted

United States Supreme Court – April 1982

Nevada Supreme Court – September 1977

United States District Court of Nevada – October 1977

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – October 1977

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania – May 1977

United States District Court of Pennsylvania – June 1977

Supreme Court of New Jersey – December 1977

United States District Court of New Jersey – June 1977

Nevada Gaming Commission – October 1977

 

 

Professional Appointments & Service

Owner of Edward M. Bernstein & Associates, a law firm

1977 to   present in Las Vegas.

 

Judge Pro Tem – Municipal Court, City of North Las Vegas

1986 to 1988

Judge Pro Tem – Municipal Court, City of Las Vegas

1984 to 1994

Hearings Officer – State of Nevada Personnel Advisory Commission

1982 to 1992

Hearings Officer – State of Nevada Department of Administration

 1985 to 1986

Member – Masters Marketing Group (MMG)

 1987 to present

Director – Institute for Access to Legal Services (IALS)

 1990 to 1994

Member – Clark County Bar Association Professionalism Committee

1993

Member – Nevada State Bar Judicial Fund-Raising Practices Study Committee

1993

Member – Nevada State Bar Fee Dispute Committee

 1994 to 1995

Member – Nevada State Bar Professionalism Committee

1995

Member – Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the District of Nevada

 1995

Member – Nevada Trial Lawyers Association Public Relations Committee

   1995

Member – Supreme Court Community Relations Committee

1997

Speaker – Various Law Seminars and Marketing Seminars

Board of Governors – National Trial Lawyers Association

1998 to 2001

Nevada Supreme Court Lawyer Advertising Committee

2006 to 2007

Nevada State Bar Disciplinary Panel

2002 to present

Nevada Supreme Court Professionalism Summit Committee

2009

 Community Appointments & Service

Democratic Candidate for the United States Senate

2000

Owner and Host of The Ed Bernstein Show, a 30 minute

1989 to present

 television talk show which airs on the NBC affiliates through out Nevada

Host of The Ed Bernstein Show, a 30 minute radio program

on KNEWS Radio which featured prominent Southern Nevadans

 discussing legal, political and local issues.

1990 to 1994

Host of 60 Seconds political commentary on radio with Hank Tester

1992

Clark County Regional Flood Control Citizens Advisory Committee

1990 to 1991

City of Las Vegas Citizens Priority Advisory Committee

1992 to 1994

Executive Committee Co-Chair, National Conference (formerly NCCJ)

1992 to 1995

Presiding Chair – National Conference (formerly NCCJ)

  1996

Nevada Psychology Board Member

 2006 to 2008

Board Member – National Conference (formerly NCCJ)

1992 to 1996

Board Member – Downtown Las Vegas Partnership

1994 to 1996

Founding Member – Community Coalition

1994 to 1996

Member – Committed 100 Men

1994 to 1996

Host – Arthritis Foundation Telethon

 1993, 1994

Judge – American Marketing Association’s Excellence in Business Award

1993, 1994

Speaker – U.S. Small Business Association and Rotary Club, AARP

Speaker – Various Public Schools

Moderator – Educational Forums

Speaker – UNLV

1998 to present

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Young Men of America

1977

Honorary Recognition by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD)

1986 – 1993

Recipient – Executive of the Year Award presented by PSI

1992

Recipient – Women’s American ORT Community Achievement Award

1992

Recipient – Citizens Committee on Victims’ Rights Award

1994

Recipient – American Muslim Women of Nevada Community Service Award

1994

Distinguished Men in Southern Nevada

1994, 1996

Recipient – Clark County Bar Association Professionalism Award

1997

American Trial Lawyers Association –Top 100 Trial Lawyers

2008

Recipient – 2013 Mountain States Super Lawyers

2013

Recipient – Nevada Justice Association’s Legacy Award

2013

Honorary Recognition by Clark County School District for service to Students

2013

 

Publications

Contributing Writer – Imagenes Magazine

1992

Contributing Writer – Sentinel Voice          

 1992

Contributing Writer – El Mundo

1992

Author, A Lawyer’s Right to AdvertiseInter Alia

Apr. 1992

Author, Improving our Image Through Lawyer AdvertisingThe Communiqué

Dec. 1995

Journal of Psychology