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About Bernie

Bernie Kornberg’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, mostly in the areas of insolvency and bankruptcy. Generally, his clients are lenders, or other third parties such as commercial landlords and lessors, real estate developers, vendors, and intellectual property licensees affected by a financially stressed or insolvent entity. Bernie represents creditors seeking to recover misappropriated property or funds and defendants when wrongfully charged with failure to pay a debt, fraudulent transfers, or related litigation. He also handles workouts and forbearances to avoid litigation and bring a contract back into compliance. Bernie is also an experienced appellate attorney in the area of insolvency and has handled and prevailed in appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and the California Court of Appeal.

Additionally, Bernie has extensive experience with representing lenders in non-litigated matters. He has assisted numerous lenders with regulatory examinations and investigations as well as with the drafting of proposed legislative language as to regulatory bills in various states. He also advises lenders regarding new proposed products and compliance strategies.

Never one to shy away from interesting and difficult cases, Bernie is always willing to engage in new and unusual litigation to the benefits of his clients. For his efforts, he has been written about in the Wall Street Journal and Wine Spectator, represented a Chinese company in a Hong Kong arbitration, and helped push legislation regarding bankruptcy venue to Congress. Bernie prides himself on this versatility and creative lawyering, and will always bring it to every engagement.



  • J.D., University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, magna cum laude, 2007
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, political science and English, 2002

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2007

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Professional Plus
  • California State Bar Association, Member
    • Business Law Section, Insolvency Law Committee, Legislative Subcommittee
      • Advisor, 2022-present
      • Past Chair, 2021-2022

Outside the Office

Bernie has the pleasure of residing of raising two boys and a mutt in San Francisco. The practice of law and parenting occupies most of his time, but when free, he can be found rooting for the 49ers, Warriors, and Giants, riding his electric bike up and down the many hills of the city, or enjoying the ever-changing restaurant scene.

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