Bernard M. Berman

Bernard M. Berman

Senior Partner
Location:
Media, Pennsylvania
Phone:
484-842-0276
Fax:
610-565-7083
Email:

Bernard 'Bud' Berman is the senior partner of the firm. He focuses his practice in the areas of family law (divorce, property distribution, support, custody, relocation, prenuptial agreements), personal injury, and civil and criminal litigation. He has also represented many clients in Social Security Disability, real estate transactions and business contracts. His role as General Counsel to The Grand Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, a national organization, has taken him to many states in the U.S., as well as to Canada and the United Kingdom. Although his main focus is Delaware County and Philadelphia, he has tried cases in Chester County, Montgomery County, Northampton County, Berks County, Lehigh County, Lancaster County and Bucks County, in local, state and federal courts. He has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association in commercial, securities and personal injury matters, and has tried his clients' cases before American Arbitration Association panels locally and in the New York area.


Raised in Drexel Hill, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Mr. Berman graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1958 and was valedictorian. While at Upper Darby, he was in a number of theater productions, was an editor of The Acorn, the weekly school newspaper, was a member of the wrestling and tennis teams, and was voted 'wittiest.' He has chaired and worked on many reunion committees for the class of 1958. Mr. Berman then attended Swarthmore College, and graduated in 1962. At Swarthmore, he was sports editor of The Phoenix, the college newspaper; a varsity wrestler at 126 pounds for three years; a member of Phi Sigma Kappa national fraternity; president of the Inter Fraternity Council; chairman of the college's Men's Judicial Committee; and a member of the Little Theater Club. Following Swarthmore College, Mr. Berman attended Columbia Law School in New York City, from which he graduated in 1965 with an LL.B. He later received a Juris Doctor from Columbia.


While at law school, Mr. Berman married Mona, his high school sweetheart. Married on June 7, 1964, they are celebrating almost 53 years of marriage. His civic and professional activities have included the Parks Commission of Nether Providence Township, Board of Directors of Congregation Ohev Shalom, President of the Simon Wolf Lodge and the Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware B'nai B'rith Council, Fee Dispute Resolution Committee of the Delaware County Bar Association, the Special Committee to Revise Rules of Civil Procedure, Lions Club and Jaycees. He is a member of the Court of Honor and is Past Grand President of the Grand Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, a national college fraternity. He chairs the Risk Management and Insurance Committee for the fraternity. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of PSKP, Inc., a property holding and management nonprofit organization. Mr. Berman is also a Trustee and former Officer of the Loveladies Harbor Organization and was charged with rewriting the rules and regulations concerning construction of boat docks and lifts, and preventing hazards to navigation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and currently serves as President of the Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences. In addition, Mr. Berman is a founding member of Phi Sigma Kappa Properties, Inc., and a member of its Legal Committee.


Mr. Berman sails and races his 14-foot Catboat 'Cat Nip' on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey with Mona as his First Mate, assists Mona in keeping their garden on Long Beach Island beautiful, and plays tennis (his three-days-a-week doubles group is still going strong after more than 35 years). He and Mona have appeared together in theater productions of The Rose Valley Chorus and the Ohev Shalom Players.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Serious Accidents
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Social Security Disability

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1965
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1966
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1966
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1969

Education

  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    • LL.B. - 1965
  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    • Juris Doctor
  • Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
    • Honors: Member, Phi Sigma Kappa National Fraternity
    • Honors: Inter Fraternity Council, President
    • Honors: Men’s Judiciary Council, Chairman
    • Honors: The Phoenix, Sports Editor

Honors and Awards

  • Award of Corporate INTL Global Awards Boutique Divorce - 2016
  • Suburban Life Magazine's Top Divorce and Family Law Attorneys List- 2015
  • Family Law Firm of the Year in Pennsylvania

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Grand Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, General Counsel
  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator
  • Congregation Ohev Shalom, Board of Directors
  • Simon Wolf Lodge of B’nai Brith, President
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware B’nai Brith Council, President
  • Delaware County Bar Association, Fee Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Grand Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, Past President
  • Risk Management and Insurance Committee for the Fraternity, Chair
  • PSKP, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences, Immediate Past President
  • Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences, Trustee
  • Loveladies Harbor Organization, Trustee
  • Phi Sigma Kappa, Court of Honor
  • Grand Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, Past President
  • Medallion of Merit, 1996

Pro Bono Activities

  • Little Theater Club, Member