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Dale A. Bernard

Protecting And Pursuing Your Rights Against Powerful Interests

Experience counts in litigation, and I have it. Passionate advocacy and a consistent presence in the courts throughout Ohio have established the excellent reputation of my firm.

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Practice Areas

Reputation And Experience Bring Benefits

Cleveland, Ohio, Lawyer
Employment Discrimination – Business Litigation – Personal Injury

I am attorney Dale Bernard, and I have an excellent track record in the legal community; other lawyers know that I will not back down. I am not a trial lawyer who promotes unnecessary trials, but I do not shy away from a legal battle. I work with my clients to develop an appropriate strategy. If that means going to court, I will put my more than 30 years of extensive litigation, trial and appellate experience to work.

Recognized By The Legal Community

As a testament to my reputation, I am pleased to be both AV Peer-Review Rated Preeminent and client champion platinum* through Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for both legal ability and ethical conduct. I am proud to be included in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

I am also honored to be rated as a “Super Lawyer.” Super Lawyers, according to its website, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Rated by Super Lawyers | Dale A. Bernard | 10 Years
Martindale-Hubbell | AV | Preeminent | Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence | 2020
Bar Register | Preeminent Lawyers
Martindale Hubbell | Client Champion | Platinum /2020

What Our Clients Say

Mr. Dale Bernard was receptive and accessible from our first meeting forward. While I didn’t have any initial expectations for a positive result, his knowledge of my issue and the effective way in which he dealt with my former employer and their attorney, resulted in a resolution far past what I had considered. He proposed compelling arguments and dedicated the time needed to achieve a positive result. His professionalism, yet easygoing manner, made me feel comfortable working with him from the very beginning.

- Marianne

You cannot find a more compassionate and patient attorney to represent your case. Attorney Bernard is a great listener and really did put my needs above his. I appreciate him as an attorney who takes time to research every possible angle to ensure he advises me of the pros and cons of each decision. You can trust Dale Bernard that he actually cares more about doing what is ethical relative to your case than how much he is getting in his paycheck. I would hire Attorney Dale Bernard again, if needed. 

- Sheila

It was a pleasure working with Dale Bernard. From the minute I first contacted Dale regarding my sexual harassment and discrimination case, Dale was professional, empathetic, and detail-oriented. Dale worked hard to see to it that I resolved my matter and did so with great communication skills and kindness. I would recommend Dale Bernard and Bernard Law Firm to anyone in Cleveland! Thank you, Dale, for helping me close that chapter of my life and move into the next chapter with peace of mind and without shame.

- Ashley

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Each Client Is Unique

At large law firms, work is delegated to associate attorneys or paralegals that you have never met. The Bernard Law Firm is different – I will be the only attorney working on your file. I provide highly rated legal services and work product at a reasonable price.

I pride myself on my ability to personalize the representation each client receives. My broad client base includes individuals, executives, small businesses and large corporations. Each client has unique needs. With my experience, I can find the best litigation strategy that provides the best results tailored to your needs.

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Our Practice Focus

At The Bernard Law Firm, I offer trial and appellate services in a variety of practice areas, including:

Employment Law, Discrimination And Wrongful Termination Or Discharge

As an employment law attorney, I help clients stand up for their rights as employees in a wide range of situations such as:

  • Employment discrimination, including:
    • Age discrimination
    • Race discrimination
    • National origin or ethnicity discrimination
    • Religious discrimination
    • Sex or gender discrimination
    • Pregnancy discrimination
    • Disability and handicap discrimination / Americans with Disability Act (ADA)
    • LGBTQ and sexual orientation
  • Sexual harassment and hostile work environments
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) discrimination and retaliation claims
  • Retaliation and wrongful termination

Business And Civil Litigation

As a trial attorney, I represent business and individual clients in a wide range of disputes, including:

  • Complex, multi-party business and commercial litigation
  • Finance and lender liability
  • Real estate and construction litigation
  • Fraud
  • Contract disputes and breach of contract
  • Insurance coverage disputes

Personal Injury And Wrongful Death Litigation

I have resolved and litigated my client’s personal injury claims arising from:

  • Car accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Slip, trip and falls
  • Dog bites

For a complete overview of my legal services, please visit the Practice Areas page.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Case Results

Below is a small sample of my case results. Click the button below to see more of my case results.

$ Millions Recovered

Employment, Discrimination & Retaliation Claims

$ Millions Recovered

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Actions


Foreclosure Action


Breach of contract


Insurance Claim