Brian C. Bernhardt is a Shareholder in Bernhardt and Strawser, P.A., where he represents creditors in all 100 North Carolina counties in consumer and commercial collection matters. Brian’s practice includes pre-litigation negotiations, the filing and prosecution of lawsuits, defending against counterclaims, and assisting with post-judgment collections and remedies.
Brian’s representative matters include collections on credit card accounts; student loans; overdrawn bank accounts; defaulted and/or deficiency balances on vehicle loans, home equity lines, and promissory notes; unpaid medical debts; accounts due for goods and services rendered; rental and lease payments for commercial and residential property management companies; and all other types of consumer and commercial debts for both original creditors and debt buyers.
Brian has also practiced extensively in the area of federal tax controversies, federal tax litigation, and advising charitable organizations and other tax-exempt and nonprofit organizations on a variety of governance and tax matters. In doing so, he has represented Fortune 500 companies, Fortune 400 individuals, charitable organizations, and other tax-exempt and nonprofit organizations before the IRS and Department of Justice in audits, administrative appeals, criminal investigations, and refund claims, as well as in Federal District Court, Federal Bankruptcy Court, and the United States Tax Court.
Previously, Brian served as a Partner in the Richmond, Virginia, office of McGuireWoods LLP; an associate at Raymond & Prokop, P.C., in Southfield, Michigan; a trial attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in the Detroit District Counsel Office; and as an associate at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP (now Eversheds Sutherland) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Brian has been named as a North Carolina Rising Star Super Lawyer, a Virginia Rising Star Super Lawyer, and received an Excellence in Writing Award from the ABA Probate and Property Magazine for writing the best overall Trust & Estates article in 2009.
Brian received his A.B. degree in Early Modern Anglo-American History from Brown University and his J.D. degree, with honors, from The University of Michigan Law School, where he served as the Managing Articles Editor of The University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. Brian grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina where he graduated from West Charlotte Senior High School.