Welcome to The Bernheim Law Firm

The Bernheim Law Firm specializes in assisting property owners in disaster recovery litigation arising out of wildfires, earthquakes and other catastrophes. The Firm is currently focused on litigating against electric utilities on behalf of property owners whose homes or businesses were damaged or destroyed in recent wildfires, including the 2018 Woolsey Fire and the 2023 Maui Fire.

Steven Jay “Bernie” Bernheim is the founder and principal attorney of The Bernheim Law Firm.  Mr. Bernheim is one of the country’s top attorneys practicing in the challenging field of catastrophe recovery litigation.  He is also recognized as a leading expert in the California insurance industry and the laws and regulations that apply to it.

Mr. Bernheim has obtained more than $400,000,000.00 for property owners in catastrophe litigation.  This includes 78 seven-figure, and 8 eight-figure, verdicts and settlements.  It must be emphasized that these were funds actually recovered for his clients, and not paper judgments or verdicts later reduced or overturned.

Mr. Bernheim is also the founder of a non-profit public charity whose mission is to ease animal and human suffering through the direct action of people who care.
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Mr. Bernheim has been quoted on
legal and insurance issues by:

  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Los Angeles Times
  • The Associated Press
  • United Press International
  • Reuters
  • The American Lawyer
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • The Los Angeles Daily News
  • The San Francisco Recorder
  • Smart's Insurance Bulletin
  • Mealey's Litigation Report: Bad Faith
  • The San Francisco Chronicle
  • The Los Angeles Daily News
  • The Orange County Register
  • The Pasadena Star News
  • Daily Commerce
  • Metropolitan News