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Edward M. Bernstein (born September 9, 1949) is a noted Southern Nevada attorney, philanthropist, politician, and television talk show host.

Edward M. Bernstein
Personal details
Born (1949-09-09) September 9, 1949 (ageĀ 70)
Philadelphia U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSouthern Highlands, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.,


Bernstein graduated Long Island University in New York with his bachelor's degree in 1971. In 1975, he completed his J.D. degree from Widener University Law School.

Bernstein moved to Southern Nevada in 1976, where he took a job in Las Vegas as a public defender. He started his own private practice, Edward M. Bernstein & Associates, where he found most of his success. His law firm, started when Las Vegas was still a small gaming boomtown, and later represented many high-profile cases in Nevada, which brought about much of his regional fame. Bernstein used this fame to champion many causes including MADD (where he introduced the first Red-Ribbon Campaign which garnered national attention later) and the Anti-Defamation League, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, as well as the Clark County School District.

He has represented clients in major cases in Las Vegas as the MGM and Hilton Fires, the Pepcon explosion as well as the hepatitis outbreak at the Endoscopy clinic. In the hepatitis case Bernstein's firm obtained one of the highest verdicts in Nevada history of $104,000,000. He has also played an instrumental role in advocating funds and awareness for Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, a charity that has a personal interest for him since his daughter was diagnosed with the disease. He has served as a Judge pro tem in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas as well as a State hearing officer for the Dept.of Administration. He has also served on various Nevada Supreme Court committees, U.S. District Court and Nevada State Bar Committees. He was also a member of the Nevada Psychology Board.

In 2000, Bernstein ran an unsuccessful campaign against John Ensign (R-NV) as the Democratic candidate for the United States Senate, to replace long time outgoing Senator Richard Bryan (D-NV).

He currently resides in Southern Highlands, Las Vegas with his wife Claudia and two daughters: Eden and Elana. His eldest daughter Dana passed away in 2017 from complications of Crohn's disease.

The Ed Bernstein ShowEdit

Even with a busy law practice, Ed Bernstein hosts the state of Nevada's longest-running television show, 28 years. The Ed Bernstein Show is a talk show that has featured such noteworthy guests as former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, former boxing great George Foreman, actor Anthony Hopkins, CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer, as well as a bevy of entertainers such as Kelsey Grammer, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Urich, Regis Philbin, Leslie Nielsen, and many more. He shares his name with the main character in R.J Ellory's 'City of Lies' novel.

Admitted to PracticeEdit

Honors and awardsEdit

  • Community Heroes Award - National Conference of Christians and Jews
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award
  • Professionalism Award - Clark County Bar Association
  • Citizens Committee on Victims' Rights Award
  • The American Muslim Women of Nevada Community Service Award
  • The Executive of the Year - Professional Secretaries International
  • Distinguished Men in Southern Nevada
  • Community Achievement - Women's American ORT
  • Outstanding Young Men of America

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