Attorney Details

Jeffrey Bernstein - Partner

JEFFREY BERNSTEIN’s practice concentrates primarily on creditors' rights in work-outs, bankruptcies and related litigation. He has represented financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors, landlords, insurers, sureties, purchasers of debtor assets and bankruptcy trustees.  Mr. Bernstein represents clients in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings and related proceedings across the country with a focus on matters in New Jersey, New York and Delaware.  His experience includes representing clients in the healthcare, real estate, banking, insurance, shipping, storage, construction and manufacturing industries, among others.  Mr. Bernstein has prosecuted and defended numerous preference and fraudulent conveyance matters. 

Representative cases include:  Toy R Us, Inc., et. al., Sears Holding Corp., et. al., SunEdison, Inc., et. al., Sports Authority Holdings, Inc., et. al., Payless Holdings, LLC, et. al. Tribune Company Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation, J.P.R. Mechanical Inc., et. al,  Pier 1 Imports Inc., et. al., PG&E Corp., et. al., Winstar Communications, Inc., et. al, John Q. Hammons Fall 2006, LLC, et. al., 360 Networks (USA) Inc., Ames Department Stores, Inc., Enron Corp., Fleming Companies, Solomon Dwek, Delphi Corporation, Student Finance Corporation, Asarco LLC, AWI Delaware, Inc., Bradlees Stores, Inc., Caldor Corporation, Interstate Bakeries Corporation, Lenox Sales, Inc., Linens Holding Co., Marcal Paper Mills, Inc., The Grand Union Co., Trump Entertainment Resorts, UAL Corporation, USG Corporation, Sphera Optical LLC, The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, Inc., et. al., Transvantage Solutions, Inc., et. al, New York Westchester Square Medical Center, Jeep Eagle 17, Inc., et. al., Chopper Express Inc., et. al. Quebecor World (USA), et al., and Sportcraft Ltd.

Mr. Bernstein received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, and Associate of Arts, magna cum laude, from Yeshiva University in 1978 and his M.B.A., with distinction, from the New York Institute of Technology in 1983. Mr. Bernstein is a 1988 graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School, cum laude, where he served as Notes and Comments Editor of the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal.

He was admitted to the bars of the State of New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in 1988, the State of New York in 1989, the United States Supreme Court in 1992, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York in 1994 and the Northern and Western Districts of New York in 2015.

Mr. Bernstein has regularly spoken on panels on bankruptcy topics in New Jersey and New York.  He is also the Senior Advisor of the MDM&C Bankruptcy Blog.

He is a member of multiple MDM&C’s committees, including, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Pro Bono Committee, and the Mentorship Committee. 

Mr. Bernstein is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and its Creditor Debtor Section as well as its Diversity Committee, the New York State Bar Association and its Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the American Bar Association, Business Law Committee and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is also Assistant Executive Director of the Bankruptcy American Inn of Court in New Jersey. Mr. Bernstein is the current Chair of the District VA (Essex County – Newark) Fee Arbitration Committee and has previously served on the District VA (Essex County – Newark) Ethics Committee as a committee investigator and prosecutor.