Justin Bernstein is a seasoned litigator and an exceptional teacher and coach for aspiring trial advocates.
Before joining the faculty in 2017, Professor Bernstein was an attorney for two AmLaw 100 law firms, O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Haynes & Boone LLP, in Orange County, California. He represented Fortune 500 companies, public-traded corporations, small businesses, and officers and directors in securities litigation, business disputes, employment litigation, internal investigations, and investigations by the SEC, FCC, and FINRA. His clients spanned multiple industries, including pharmaceutical, banking, automotive, financial services, real estate, technology, credit, and insurance.
Professor Bernstein has long maintained a passion for teaching and coaching trial advocacy. In 2014, he became the youngest person ever inducted into the American Mock Trial Association’s Coaches Hall of Fame. He has coached trial advocacy teams to national or world championships at the law school, collegiate, and high school levels. His law students have won and finished as runner-up at the prestigious Top Gun tournament; his undergraduate students at University of California, Irvine and New York University three times finished their seasons as the number one ranked teams in the United States.
Professor Bernstein is the former president of the American Mock Trial Association and a current member of its board of directors. He previously taught trial advocacy at the University of California, Irvine for nine years and developed its law school’s trial competition.
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he earned his law degree from New York University School of Law. At Berkeley he won three All-American Attorney Awards in trial advocacy competitions, and at NYU he won both school-wide closing argument competitions.
Professor Bernstein is the author or co-author of 10 trial case files on topics ranging from product liability, election fraud, murder, bank robbery, negligent parental supervision, defamation, witness tampering and age discrimination. He has also co-authored publications regarding securities litigation in the Los Angeles Daily Journal and for the Securities Litigation Enforcement Institute.