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Whitney Z. Bernstein has spent her career successfully defending high-stakes felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses, leading companies in internal investigations, and representing companies and individuals in complex contract and business tort claims and class actions.

Her practice areas include white-collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation, internal investigations, government investigations, and appeals.


Whitney Z. Bernstein is an aggressive litigator and accomplished trial attorney with a track record for achieving success for her clients when the odds are against them. She is a credible, tireless, and respected advocate with considerable courtroom and trial experience. She’s tried numerous high-stakes and complex criminal and civil cases in both federal and state court, has led effective internal investigations to prevent litigation, and has successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Whitney has drafted and argued countless substantive and dispositive motions, negotiated positive outcomes for her clients, and obtained numerous dismissals of charges and favorable settlements. Whitney takes a very hands-on approach by involving herself in all aspects of case management, investigation, discovery, depositions, interviews, negotiations, and trial preparation.

Prior to joining Bienert Katzman Littrell Williams LLP, Whitney was a trial lawyers for the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. Before that, she was a trial lawyer for the Brooklyn Defender Services. As an undergraduate, Whitney was a volunteer firefighter and teacher inside prisons.

Professional Memberships

Whitney Z. Bernstein proudly serves as a Lawyer Representative for the Southern District of California. She is on the executive board of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association’s Los Angeles Chapter, co-chair of the San Diego Cornell Alumni Admission Ambassador Network, and previously served on the inaugural Advisory Board to the San Diego County Probation Department Chief.

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