Marc J Bern & Partners

Situated in New York City, Marc J. Bern & Partners LLP is a leading law firm that handles complex litigation cases across the United States. Principally dealing in mass torts, the firm of nationally recognized partners is committed to treating every client with respect and as an individual, striving to get each client fully compensated under the law. We put together a profile of the firm and its Founding Partner, Marc Jay Bern, who is the recipient of the Acquisition International Leading Complex Personal Injury and Product Liability Attorney of the Year award, New York.

Marc J. Bern & Partners LLP is a firm of nationally recognized partners and attorneys who boast long and successful careers in handling high-profile and complex litigation cases across the United States. The firm specializes in mass torts, civil lawsuits involving many injured parties against one or a few defendants. Bern & Partners currently represents more than 5,000 boy scouts who have suffered abuse, 4,5000 railroad workers afflicted with cancer due to exposure to toxic chemicals at work, and 5,000 injured people exposed to contaminated water in Flint, Michigan.

Since its inception, Bern & Partners has been involved in cases that have resulted in excess of $3 billion in settlements and awards. The success of the firm lies in its combination of considerable manpower and resources that one would expect from a large law firm and its commitment to personal and conscientious service for clients. Each individual client is treated with respect and given the reassurance that the team at Bern & Partners will fight hard to achieve full compensation under the law.

Alongside the hard work, dedication and tirelessness of the attorneys and staff of Bern & Partners, the firm’s success rests in its compassion. Recognizing the strain of such taxing cases, from the stress and financial hardships to the injuries and injustice of the crimes itself on the lives of their clients and their families, Bern & Partners works hard to alleviate some of the pressures and help them through this difficult period.

With offices in Pennsylvania, California, Chicago, Puerto Rico, and headquarters in New York, Bern & Partners is able to represent plaintiffs all across the United States. Anyone who has been harmed as a result of negligence of others is eligible for the firm’s help, whether the defendant is an individual or large corporation, such as pharmaceutical companies or automobile manufacturers. From their first contact with the firm, clients receive friendly and professional service from the staff and are quickly assigned an attorney and paralegal who will best help them tackle their case. As such, every member of the Bern & Partners team plays a vital role, from the attorneys who develop leading legal theories and strategies to the staff who develop client relationships and maintain good-will with all non-legal personnel and vendors.

The firm is led by Founding Partner, Marc Jay Bern, whose prolific career spanning more than thirty-five years has earnt him national recognition and acclaim. Mr. Bern has led more than a hundred cases to a jury verdict throughout his career, also holding a successful record in the achievement of settlements of more than $1 million across hundreds of cases. His work with his firm has seen his close involvement in the 9/11 World Trade Center litigation and the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, which was originally signed into law by President Barack Obama. 

He has represented thousands of injured victims from numerous defective drugs, such as DES, fen-phen, Risperdal and Trayslol among others, as well as many defective medical products like IVC filters, hip replacements and more. Mr. Bern has also led his firm in cases concerning FELA railroad litigation, personal injury cases, environmental litigation, and a multitude of other cases involving catastrophic harm or property damage.

Mr. Bern’s success as a litigator is born from his experience and tenacity in the courtroom, which enables him to be a forceful advocate for his clients with a reputation that extends across the United States. He is a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been featured in Who’s Who in American Law. Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Mr. Bern with its pre-eminent AV rating, ‘Highest Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards’ for more than twenty consecutive years and in 2007, Lawdragon included him among its ranking of the ‘Top 500 Plaintiff Lawyers
in America’, in the same year that he was honorably selected to become a charter member of the Litigation Counsel of America. A year prior, Mr. Bern was designated as a New York Super Lawyer and has continued to be selected every year since. He has been selected as one of “America’s Premier Lawyers” by Fortune Magazine and named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. Mr. Bern also sits on the prestigious Board of Trustees of the New York City Police Museum.

A graduate of the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mr. Bern is admitted to practice before state courts in New York and Wisconsin and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. He has tried cases and argued legal issues in courtrooms all across the United States.

As a leading, nationally-recognized litigator, Mr. Bern has been invited to speak to a wide variety of organizations, including the Wisconsin Association for Justice, the Practicing Law Institute, the New York County Lawyers Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America on several topics within environmental law. He has appeared as a legal authority on Court TV, ABC, NBC and CBS, and he has also been interviewed for publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Forbes Magazine.

In 2020, like the rest of the world, Mr. Bern and his law firm faced their fair share of new and unforeseen challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Adapting to working from home, setting up remotely, digitizing practices and maintaining the workforce throughout the pandemic has been challenging, but now the firm is focusing on creating a safe working environment as teams return to the offices across the United States, ensuring everyone is safe and healthy, both physically and mentally.

Despite the disruption of the pandemic, Bern & Partners foresees a future of continued growth through proactive recruitment via word of mouth, interpersonal relationships and professional organizations and headhunters. The additions to the diverse firm will enhance the internal culture that is devoted to success at every level, encouraging each member of the team along their own journeys of personal and professional development. This facilitates a culture of independence and advancement based on individual and group merit, which in turn translates to a firm committed to serving its clients at the highest level and with the best service possible for many years to come.