Eric Martin Bernstein, Esq.
- Labor and Employment Law
- Municipal and Governmental Law/Affairs
- Land Use Law
- Education Law
- First Amendment/Internet Law
With more than 30 years of legal experience as a municipal attorney and labor/ employment, Mr. Bernstein has served as General Counsel to over a dozen municipalities throughout the State and handled such diverse issues as the Open Public Meetings Act, the Open Public Records Act, land use matters, ethics issues, municipal construction; the Local Public Contracts Law, tax appeals, open space acquisition and general government affairs, both as General and Special Counsel. There is no field of municipal/government law that Mr. Bernstein has not handled on behalf of the various New Jersey municipalities. He has appeared in both Federal and State courts on all municipal litigation and related issues.
Mr. Bernstein handles matters on a wide range of subjects within the labor/employment law fields, including, but not limited to, general advice and assistance, contract negotiations, interest and grievance arbitrations, fact-finding and mediation, disciplinary matters involving public safety and non-public safety employees and litigation before Federal and State courts and various administrative agencies. He has or is serving numerous public entities as Labor Counsel throughout the State of New Jersey and elsewhere.
In addition to his practice, Mr. Bernstein is a regular and frequently requested speaker at state, national and international organizations and has been teaching for the Rutgers University Bureau of Government Research since the early 1980s. Mr. Bernstein has also taught several courses for the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education on municipal and labor law matters for professional legal accreditation. Mr. Bernstein has written articles for publication on government and labor law and presently serves as 2nd Vice President of the New Jersey State Bar Association Local Government Law Section, where he was previously its Vice President and Editor of its newsletter. Mr. Bernstein has also served as a Vice President of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys.
J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1982
M.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University/Baruch College, 1985
B.A., magna cum laude with honors, Drew University, 1979
New Jersey Bar
District of Columbia Bar
United States Supreme Court
Third Circuit (Federal) Court of Appeals
United States District Courts:
Eastern District of Arkansas
Western District of Arkansas
Eastern District of Oklahoma
Western District of Oklahoma
Eastern District of Texas
Eastern District of Wisconsin
Western District of Wisconsin
International Trial Lawyers Award, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Who's Who in American Law
Who's Who in the United States
Who’s Who in the World
Super Lawyer in the fields of Municipal and Labor/Employment Law (2006-present)
Mr. Bernstein is active in the Valerie Fund, a children’s cancer fund, which his wife, Merrie, serves as Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees. She also serves as Director of Business Development for Aramark, an international company in the food and facilities industry.