When Brad Bernstein joined his grandfather, Harry Spar, at the Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein, the firm had been known as a leading immigration practice since 1958. “Back then we focused on only immigration law,” Mr. Bernstein notes, “but over the last 15 years, we have expanded the firm significantly in order to offer specialized legal guidance in a variety of other fields.”
As the firm’s president, Mr. Bernstein has established a multidisciplinary practice encompassing 17 attorneys that provide skilled representation in the areas of personal injury, immigration, criminal defense, and tax debt relief. While Spar & Bernstein remains one of the top immigration law firms, having helped more than 70,000 people with their immigration problems, the firm is now just as well-known for its successful personal injury practice.
Spar & Bernstein’s personal injury practice is one of the fastest growing in New York, with a reputation for achieving significant results. The department’s managing partner Adam Handler notes: “Our successful results are directly related to our unmatched preparation. Nobody goes to court more prepared than us.”
Mr. Handler recently obtained the highest New York verdict in 2011 for a no-fault motor vehicle accident—a $2.55 million award. His client in the case was an immigrant who had been turned away by another law firm. “He came to us because he didn’t feel that any other firm would fight as hard for him as we would,” Mr. Handler says. “While many of our clients have been turned down by other law firms, we’ve taken their cases and obtained millions of dollars for their injuries.”
Besides successfully representing seriously injured victims of automobile accidents, Spar & Bernstein has had demonstrable success in all areas of personal injury, including construction accidents, premises liability, and medical malpractice. Mr. Bernstein credits the firm’s ongoing success to its emphasis on client relationships and communication. “We keep our clients informed and involved the entire way,” he says. “Our guiding philosophy is to never forget that we work for our clients, who demand justice.”
Mr. Handler, who is a third generation personal injury lawyer, adds: “The best part of my job is when clients come to pick up their compensation check. I know justice has been served.”
The firm also stresses collaboration across its specialties. Recently, the firm successfully resolved four different legal issues for one client—helping him obtain citizenship, defending him following an arrest, negotiating a successful settlement of his tax burden, and then obtaining a substantial jury verdict for injuries sustained in an accident. Mr. Bernstein notes: “After we had handled his problems, he came back to us and said, ‘You’ve done it all for me. I would not go anywhere else.’”
In addition to leading the firm, Mr. Bernstein offers legal advice and practical guidance through his radio show on 93.5 FM, which airs Monday to Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. These broadcasts can also be found on the firm’s podcast and YouTube channel, all easily accessible on Spar & Bernstein’s web site www.lawsb.com. “Not a day goes by without a thank you from a client whose life was changed by the work done at Spar & Bernstein. It’s extremely gratifying,” Mr. Bernstein says.