Richard J. Bernard is senior counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice concentrates on corporate and financial restructuring, insolvency, bankruptcy litigation, secured transactions and financings, general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and debtors' and creditors' rights. Mr. Bernard represents debtors, creditors, asset acquirers, financial institutions, landlords / lessors, contract counterparties, trustees and official and ad hoc creditors' committees in large-asset bankruptcies, out-of-court workouts and adversary proceedings in numerous industries, including energy, retail, manufacturing, telecommunications, financial services, heavy industry, real estate and hospitality. He is member of the firm's Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations Practice.
Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Bernard was a partner at Baker Hostetler. Upon receiving his J.D., he clerked for the Honorable Robert A. Mark, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida.
Mr. Bernard received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law and his B.A. in economics from Columbia College, Columbia University.
Mr. Bernard has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. He also serves on the board of directors for the New York chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA).
Mr. Bernard is admitted to practice in New York; Connecticut; Florida; and before the U. S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan; Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York; the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits.