Bruce Bernstein

Professorial Lecturer in Law


2000 H Street, NW Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

In early 2015, after more than 15 years of litigating complex commercial actions in private practice, Mr. Bernstein joined the Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney in its Commercial Litigation Division, Fraud Section. In that capacity, he investigated and litigated alleged financial fraud against the federal government, which includes claims brought under the False Claims Act and Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989. Prior to working for the DOJ, Mr. Bernstein had advised and represented clients in all aspects of litigating securities law and financial-related claims before state and federal trial and appellate courts. His experience in private practice included being a member of the team that secured a landmark, precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court decision in one of the largest securities fraud actions ever filed, Merck & Co., Inc. v. Reynolds, 559 U.S. 633 (2010). Mr. Bernstein also developed educational programs for institutional investors from around the world. He was also selected to speak at large global financial/legal conferences, and authored and coauthored materials concerning the U.S. securities laws, including a treatise chapter on litigating such claims on behalf of investors.

BA, University of Vermont; JD, George Washington University