Bernard Alexander is a trial attorney who prosecutes demanding private and public sector employment litigation. He has tried over fifty 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. Most recently he obtained a $3 million verdict for a security guard who was terminated for “job abandonment” after he took emergency leave from work to care for his school age daughter.
Bernard has earned numerous professional recognitions and honors, including:
• 2016 CELA Joe Posner Award Recipient
• 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” Honoree: Employment Law, Best Lawyers Southern CA
• Top 75 California Labor and Employment Lawyer: 2012 to present, Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journals
• American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA): Associate inductee 2013
• Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers, 2015 – present
• Best Lawyers in America – Employment Law – Individuals: 2014 to the present, Los Angeles Area
He is a past President of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) (2014, 2015). He created the CELA Annual Trial College in 2014.
Bernard 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), President of the Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion & Resources (FAIR), a non-profit devoted to promoting diversity in the plaintiffs’ employment bar, and a Legal Aid at Work board member. 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 Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), and a lifetime member of both the Langston Bar Association and the UCLA Alumni Association. Bernard is also Adjunct Professor 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 and Southern Districts of California.