Erin Bernstein


California Office


Bradley Bernstein Sands LLP
T 510-380-5801
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Erin has nearly two decades of experience leading complex cases through trial and appeal. She excels at developing creative strategies to win complicated, groundbreaking, and high-profile cases for her clients, whether in state or federal courts. Erin’s docket representing plaintiffs and defendants has included actions related to breach of contract, municipal law, health privacy, class-action defense, consumer law, and constitutional claims.

Erin has worked closely with government and corporate leaders facing litigation challenges that have a policy and political dimension. Erin has served in leadership positions in the San Francisco and Oakland City Attorney’s Offices, where she was lead counsel in cases involving novel issues of data privacy, breach of contract, consumer law, housing law, healthcare, and First Amendment claims. After over a decade developing and supervising complex policy and litigation in these matters, Erin has a deep understanding of the best strategies for engaging with governments and private companies alike. She enjoys providing pragmatic business- and policy-oriented advice to her clients, and helps them craft novel solutions that properly balance the risks and rewards of legal action.


  • Harvard Law School, cum laude (2003)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, summa cum laude (2000)


  • Hon. Robert J. Timlin, US District Court, CDCA
  • Hon. Carlos R. Moreno, California Supreme Court


  • California


  • Lecturer, Berkeley Law School (State & Local Impact Litigation)
  • Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School (2016)

When she’s not in court, Erin wrangles her two children, hikes the Oakland hills with her dog, and attempts to successfully grow vegetables.