Charles Bernardini concentrates on corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions. He also assists clients in procurement and economic incentive negotiations with U.S. state and local governments. He served for 12 years in elected office in Chicago, on the Chicago City Council and the Cook County Board. In 2014, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano conferred upon him the title of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
I focus my practice on two primary areas, stemming from my experience in corporate law and as an elected official in local government in Chicago.
I’ve represented clients ranging from large multinationals to small- and medium–sized businesses and from Maestro Andrea Bocelli to the Italian Consulate of Chicago (pro bono), on a wide variety of matters related to doing business in the United States and Italy, including:
I regularly advise U.S. and foreign companies in their procurement activities with Chicago and its related entities. I’ve also represented clients in obtaining economic incentives from local and state governments in many U.S. cities, counties and states for their manufacturing or commercial investments.
Italian manufacturers who had production in the USA prior to 2008 came out of that crisis sooner and stronger, because the US market came out sooner and stronger. I expect the same thing to occur after COVID-19. It makes sense for Italian manufacturers to have production—or at least assembly and servicing—in the USA, to better serve and compete. To do so, Italian companies should understand the economic incentives offered by US state and local governments and the visa work rules for sending over Italians.
Crain’s Chicago | January 25, 2021
This article on a project to expand Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s cargo space mentions Chicago Corporate partner Chuck Bernardini for representing the developer, Aeroterm. Chuck is also quoted for his outlook on this project as the first major project at the airport to be led by a Black-owned construction firm.
Radio 24 | January 08, 2021
This Italian radio segment features Nixon Peabody partner Charles Bernardini discussing U.S. legal and constitutional issues of removal of a president from office.
Formiche.net | November 14, 2020
This article features an interview with Nixon Peabody partner, Charles Bernardini, regarding President Trump’s challenge to the 2020 presidential election results.
Sole 24 Ore Radio 24 | November 06, 2020
This Italian radio segment features Nixon Peabody partner Charles Bernardini discussing procedural steps involved in challenging the 2020 USA presidential election results.
Econerre | March 24, 2020
Chicago Corporate partner Charles Bernardini wrote this contributed article for an Italian publication discussing which Italian subsidiaries in the United States may be eligible for disaster loans from the Small Business Administration.
Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno | September 13, 2019
This Italian publication mentions Chicago Corporate partner Chuck Bernardini’s September 24 speaking engagement at Bari Chamber of Commerce on “Opportunities in the U.S. Market.” Bari is a major international commercial hub in southern Italy.
UnionCamere Informa | April 24, 2019
Chicago Corporate partner Charles Bernardini wrote this article, originally in Italian, discussing the phenomenon of Italian companies setting up assembly and production in the United States, and the economic incentives available to attract them.
Wolters Kluwer’s Fiscalità Commercio Internazionale | February 12, 2019
In this contributed article to Wolters Kluwer’s Italian business publication, Chicago Corporate partners Chuck Bernardini and Frank Emmons discuss state and federal tax, customs and corporate considerations for an Italian manufacturer exporting plants, equipment and machinery to the USA, particularly whether to do so directly or through a U.S. subsidiary.
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
University of Illinois, B.S., Communications
Charles shares his thoughts on opportunities for Italian companies in the U.S. market.