Richard T. Bernardo
Richard Bernardo is a litigator who has defended companies in a variety of complex mass tort cases around the country. He has advised clients on all aspects of litigation, including pre-trial discovery, factual investigation, fact and expert witness preparation and trial strategy.

Bio

Mr. Bernardo has helped formulate strategies for addressing nationwide claims involving consumer fraud, failure to warn and conspiracy. He has significant experience in juror research in anticipation of trial.

Mr. Bernardo has considerable experience in the development and preparation of expert witnesses on a variety of scientific issues relating to the causation of chronic diseases, and has deposed a number of scientists and medical professionals regarding epidemiology, toxicology and other relevant scientific disciplines.

In addition, Mr. Bernardo has counseled clients on the development of comprehensive pre-trial discovery programs in connection with large, multidistrict cases. He has developed systems to facilitate more efficient and consistent handling of discovery matters, and has substantial experience working with opposing counsel to address significant discovery issues.

Mr. Bernardo also has advised clients on the potential product liability implications of the development of new products, and has experience working with in-house scientists in connection with a host of issues relating to product manufacturing.

Mr. Bernardo devotes a portion of his time to pro bono work, particularly in matters involving children and the elderly. For his pro bono efforts, he has been recognized with the Champion of Equality Award by the New York Civil Rights Coalition (2005) and the Jeremy G. Epstein Award by The City Bar Justice Center (2011).

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1988 (magna cum laude)
  • B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, 1985

Admissions

  • New York

Richard T. Bernardo

Partner, Mass Torts, Insurance and Consumer Litigation
richard.bernardo@skadden.com