Robert M. Bernstein is an associate at Bancroft PLLC, where his practice focuses on Supreme Court, appellate, and complex litigation. His appellate matters have addressed a wide range of subjects including administrative law, bankruptcy, civil procedure, class actions, election law, energy, federal criminal law, federalism, the First Amendment, jurisdiction, qualified immunity, religious liberty, trusts and estates, and telecommunications. He has drafted merits briefs, amicus briefs, and certiorari-stage briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeals, state appellate courts, and federal and state trial courts.
Mr. Bernstein previously served as a law clerk for Judge Danny J. Boggs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He graduated from Columbia Law School, where he argued as a finalist in the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition and wrote the first-place brief in multiple moot-court competitions. His note, on statutory interpretation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, was cited by the First Circuit, which adopted his proposed interpretation, disagreeing with seven other circuits. Before attending Columbia, he was the Research Fellow at the First Amendment Center. He received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and received the Sacks Memorial Prize for outstanding thesis work in religion.
Mr. Bernstein grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and speaks French as well as some Hebrew and Japanese.