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Andrew P. Bernstein

Senior Counsel

Office: Irvine

Phone: 949.851.7446

Fax: 949.752.0597


Real Estate

andrew bernstein

Andrew P. Bernstein is a member of the Firm’s Real Estate Services Group. He has extensive experience in the acquisition, disposition, leasing and finance of residential, commercial, retail and industrial projects throughout the United States.

Mr. Bernstein’s practice has included the representation of many publicly and privately held residential and commercial developers in land sales and acquisitions throughout California. He also has extensive experience in representing developers of master-planned communities in the structuring and documentation of builder land sale programs. He also regularly represents clients in negotiating limited liability company operating agreements for real estate development and investment, as well as restructuring troubled projects. He has extensive experience in the acquisition and disposition of hotels and multi-family residential projects, and in the representation of both landlords and tenants in ground leases and in office, retail and industrial leasing transactions.

Mr. Bernstein also has substantial expertise in the representation of both borrowers and lenders in commercial lending and workout trans­actions. He has developed special expertise in matters involving the real estate aspects of military base redevelopment and privatization projects. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce, and a Lifetime Member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association. Mr. Bernstein is rated as an “AV Preeminent” attorney by Martindale Hubbell.


  • State Bar of California
  • Member, Real Estate Section, State Bar of California
  • Orange County Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • Member, Board of Directors, Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce (2018-Present)
  • Building Industry Association, Orange County Chapter (Member, Board of Directors 1999-Present; Member, Executive Committee 2002-2008)


  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1980
    • Order of the Coif
    • UCLA Law Review, Member
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1977
    • Summa Cum Laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa


  • Member, Project Genesis Committee, Congregation B’nai Israel, Tustin, California
  • Member, Preschool Expansion Committee, Jewish Community Center of Orange County
  • HomeAid Orange County Chapter


  • Lifetime Director, Building Industry Association, Orange County Chapter, 2012
  • The Gwen Rosebeary Award, Building Industry Association, Orange County Chapter, 2008
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, Building Industry Association, Orange County Chapter, 2000
  • Journal of Property Management, Article of the Year Award, 1997

Classes & Seminars: 

  • “Prevailing Wage and the Azusa Land Partners Ruling,” Building Industry Association Orange County Chapter Seminar, June 2011
  • “The Impact of Azusa Land Partners on Financing and Building in Master Planned Communities,” JDTP Client Seminar, April 2011
  • “Mechanics’ Liens—When ‘Free and Clear’ Really Isn’t,” JDTP Client Seminar, January 2010
  • “Why Is This Real Estate Workout Cycle Different From All Other Real Estate Development Cycles?” Commercial Real Estate & Construction Division, Jewish Federation of Orange County, March 2009
  • “Purchase of Delinquent Notes or the Secured Real Estate: Strategy Considerations and Bonding Issues,” JDTP Client Seminar, March 2009
  • “Changes to UCC Article 9 Affecting Real Estate Transactions,” Presentation to Washington Mutual Bank, December 2000
  • “Impact of Deregulation of Electric Power Industry,” Institute of Real Estate Management, November 1998

Published Cases & Works:

  • “California’s Supreme Court Rules in Case Affecting Real Estate Purchase Contracts” JDTP Alert, March 2010
  • ”Seller Beware: Watch Out for Hazard Zones” Builder and Developer Magazine, December 2000
  • “A Shift of Legal Responsibility Has Long-Term Implications for the Housing Industry” Builder and Developer Magazine, June 2000
  • “Power Shopping: What Electricity Deregulation Will Mean to You” (Co-author) Journal of Property Management, March/April 1997
  • “Who Gets Property Tax Refunds in the Event of Foreclosure?” (Co-author) Price Waterhouse Real Estate Finance Alert, December 1992
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