Bernard Alexander is a trial attorney who prosecutes demanding private and public sector employment litigation. He has tried over forty cases to verdict, and he has won six- and seven-figure judgments for claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on gender, race, age, sex, sexual orientation and disability. He has resolved dozens of binding arbitrations and hundreds of mediations with successful results.
Bernard has earned numerous professional recognitions and honors, including: Daily Journal Top 75 Labor and Employment Lawyer in California (2012 to 2016); SuperLawyer — Employment Litigation (2009 to 2016), an honor bestowed on only the top 5% of Southern California attorneys; SuperLawyer — Top 100 Southern California Attorneys (2015, 2016); Best Lawyers in America — Employment Law — Individuals (2014 to 2016).
He is the immediate past President of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) (2014, 2015). He created the CELA Annual Trial College in 2014, and was the recipient of the CELA Joe Posner Award in September 2016.
Bernard is an associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) since 2013 and is a frequent speaker on trial, litigation and employment law issues. His litigation skills are enhanced by his insurance background, particularly his experience handling special investigation (“fraud”) claims. He has qualified to testify as an expert witness on insurance claims handling and has lectured extensively on varied coverage and claims issues.
He is currently an executive board member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), and Vice President of the Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion & Resources (FAIR), a non-profit devoted to promoting diversity in the plaintiffs’ employment bar. He is also a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), and a lifetime member of both the Langston Bar Association and the UCLA Alumni Association. Bernard is a Lecturer in Law at USC Gould School of Law, teaching employment dispute resolution.
Bernard holds degrees from Southwestern University School of Law and the University of California, Los Angeles, in English and Political Science, and is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the State of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
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