Brian C. Bernhardt is a Shareholder in Bernhardt and Strawser, P.A., where he represents creditors in all 100 counties in North Carolina 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 for banks and credit card companies; overdrawn bank accounts; defaulted and/or deficiency balances on vehicle loans, home equity lines, and promissory notes for banks and credit unions; unpaid medical debts for health care providers and physician practice groups; accounts due for services rendered and merchandise sold; rental and lease payments for property management companies and owners of commercial and residential real property; 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
Previously, Brian has 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 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. He is a member of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, the Commercial Law League of America, and the North Carolina Creditors’ Bar Association.
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.