Robert C. Bernius - Commercial Litigation lawyer - Nixon Peabody LLP

Robert C. Bernius

Robert Bernius, a former partner in the firm, has tried jury cases and argued appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country. He also served as general counsel to the firm.

What do you focus on?

I am a senior counsel of the firm, and in that capacity I advise the firm and its attorneys about all issues that arise in the contemporary practice of law.


I have also defended corporate clients in jury trials and appeals throughout the country.

What do you see on the horizon?

Attorneys face increasingly complex legal and ethical duties as they strive to serve their clients. They often need assistance in resolving the multifaceted and subtle issues that confront them. As firms grow larger and as attorneys specialize more, that need will only increase. The firm strives to serve our clients ethically and competently and, relying on my decades of legal experience, I will continue to help it do so.


Robert C. Bernius

Senior Counsel

Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8312

Fax: 202-585-8080

Yale Law School, J.D.

Brown University, Sc.B.E.E., magna cum laude, (Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi)

New York


District of Columbia

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

Robert was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 in the fields of Entertainment Law—Music; Litigation—First Amendment; and Media Law. Robert has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2006.

Robert has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for ethics and legal ability.

In 2014, Robert was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Washington DC Super Lawyers Magazine, which featured the top 5% of attorneys in the Washington, DC, area.

Robert was recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2011 for media and entertainment work; he has been recognized in Chambers USA in previous years.

Robert Bernius is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and vice-chair of the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility.

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