Andrew S. Berns

Andrew S. Berns

Phone: (973) 586-4940
Fax: (973) 627-0869

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Andrew S. Berns

Andrew S. Berns has been recognized by:

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2017
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2016
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2015
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2014
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2013

Andrew S. Berns is a partner and Chair of Einhorn Harris’ Commercial Litigation practice.

As such, Mr. Berns oversees the firm’s non-matrimonial litigation practice areas which include commercial litigation, labor and employment law and construction litigation.

Mr. Berns has significant experience in litigating all complex commercial and civil cases, construction cases, employment matters and personal injury cases and has tried cases in the United States Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law and Chancery Divisions, and the New Jersey Administrative Law Courts.

Mr. Berns maintains trial experience in the following areas: defamation; complex commercial disputes; will contests and other probate matters; construction litigation; employment law and litigation involving professional, medical, accounting and legal entities; personal injury; medical and accounting malpractice;  and products liability, both plaintiff and defense.  He regularly represents construction companies and contractors in Prevailing Wage Act disputes.

Mr. Berns represented one of two successful plaintiffs in a defamation law suit that produced one of the largest private judgments awarded for defamation in New Jersey history.

Mr. Berns also maintains a practice in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  He is a Rule 1:40 Qualified Mediator and has participated in multi-party litigation in State and Federal Courts resulting in multi-million dollar settlements in complex commercial matters through Arbitration, Mediation and as an advocate on behalf of commercial clients.

He is past-Chair the New Jersey State Ethics Commission as appointed by Governor Chris Christie; a position in which he served from 2010-2017.  Read the Question/Answer Interview in the Daily Record, October 10, 2010.  He was also appointed to the Rutgers University Board of Trustees where he served for the years 2012 and 2014.

Practice Areas

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certifications

  • Rule 1:40 Qualified Mediator

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1987
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1987

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, 1987, J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1984 – High Honors

Representative Cases

Represented one of two plaintiffs in a defamation suit that produced one of the largest judgments awarded for defamation in New Jersey history, Almog et. al v. Israel Travel Advisory Service, Inc., et al., 298 N.J. Super. 145 (App. Div. 1997), certif. granted, 151 N.J. 463 (1997), certif. denied as improvidently granted, 152 N.J. 361 (1998), cert. den. ___ U.S. ___ (1999).

Representative Clients

  • Veolia Environment
  • Center For Medical Weight Loss
  • Mackenzie Keck, Inc.
  • Tessler & Weiss/Premesco, Inc.
  • Constant Services, Inc.
  • L.B. Electric Co., Inc.

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Chair of the New Jersey State Ethics Commission
  • Member of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees, 2012 – 2013
  • Member of the New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Member of the Labor and Employment Law Section, 2000 – Present
    • Member of the Dispute Resolution Secton, 2000 – Present
  • Member  of the Morris County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Whipple, Ross & Hirsh, P.C., Associate, 1987-1992
  • Lampf, Lipkind, Prupis & Petigrow, P.A., Partner, 1992-2004
  • Carroll Mcnulty Kull, LLC, Of Counsel, 2004-2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Mentor in R. 1:40 Compulsory Mediation Program, 2000-Present
  • Board of Directors and Volunteer Legal Counsel, Parsippany Police Althletic League, 2006-2012