Bernstein Law Firm Quarterly

In this quarterly issue of Bernstein Law Firm's client advisory, our attorneys keep you current on a number of issues vital to the health of many businesses; this issue focusing primarily on the Bankruptcy Code, including preference actions and how consumer debtors will have to pay more to unsecured creditors.  Also included is a guide to alternative dispute resolution.  We encourage you to share these advisories with others who might benefit from the information.

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Nick Krawec 
A Guide to Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and Mediation

Many potential litigants are now looking to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to more expeditiously resolve their disputes, and to minimize the delays, and to some degree the expense, associated with filing suit, and joining a legion of pending cases on crowded court dockets. ADR typically refers to any method of settling legal disputes outside of the courtroom. Indeed, many Federal District Courts have implemented mandatory ADR for the litigants as a step that must be followed early in the litigation process.

Scott Schuster
Understanding Preference Actions Under the Bankruptcy Code 
  There is perhaps nothing more frustrating than when one of your customers files bankruptcy and avoids paying money that they owe your company. However, anyone that has dealt with a "preference action" knows that merely writing off a debt as uncollectible is not the worst thing that can happen when a customer enters bankruptcy.


Peter Ashcroft 
Using the New Bankruptcy Code to Force Consumer Debtors to Pay More to Unsecured Creditors
The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 is over two years old now. By now, most people are familiar with its terms and have adjusted to the changes. Much of the new law, however, is still subject to different interpretations and litigation is heating up on a number of fronts.

Robert S. Bernstein Authors Book on Getting Paid

Bob Bernstein, a nationally recognized lawyer and specialist in collection and creditors' rights, has seen the costly effects of credit.  In this seminal book, he provides a solution, The Get P.A.I.D.TM System, that can transform a business by increasing profit, enhancing the relationship with the customer and reducing overall marketing costs. To read more about The Get P.A.I.D.TM System visit:
Bernstein Law Firm Welcomes New Attorney
Bernstein Law Firm, P.C. welcomes new attorney, Maureen A. Dowd to the firm.  She received her undergraduate degree from Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois and her Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame.  She also holds a PhD in English Literature from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.


Robert S. Bernstein Escapes to the Lake

This year Robert Bernstein is making plans to escape.  He'll be riding his bike 150 miles to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.  He'll begin with an 81 mile ride to Allegheny College, stay the night then 69 miles on to Lake Erie.


Also in the News...
Partner Kirk Burkley and his wife, Penny had a baby girl in February, Virginia Sophia Burkley.  Kirk heads up the Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice area in the firm.
Bob Bernstein was appointed by a Bankruptcy Judge in Pittsburgh to mediate 293 Motions for Sanctions and for Accounting, brought by the Chapter 13 Trustee against a national mortgage lender.
Bernstein Law Firm headquarters are located in downtown Pittsburgh with satellite offices throughout the state.  The firm represents clients in Creditors' Rights, Bankruptcy and Restructuring and Business Law Matters.