Jon Bernhardt

Of Counsel

bernhardt@ballardspahr.com
Tel 303.299.7336
Fax 303.296.3956
Denver

Jon Bernhardt is known for his work in commercial litigation and criminal and regulatory defense. For more than 20 years, Jon has focused on developing cases for trial in several federal and state courts and arbitrations. He has experience in complex commercial litigation, including business torts, trade secret misappropriation, partnership disputes, director and officer liability, breach of contract, and real estate disputes.

Jon also has represented several clients in white collar criminal proceedings and enforcement proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal regulatory agencies.

Representative Matters

  • Represented limited partners in a real estate partnership in claims against a general partner for breach of fiduciary duty and self-dealing in two separate trials in Colorado state court
  • Represented a nonprofit health care company in a dispute with members of the company seeking to acquire control of it in a three-week arbitration in Colorado
  • Represented a national lender in multimillion-dollar lender liability litigation in Nevada state and federal courts
  • Represented a national lender in several related matters pending simultaneously in multiple federal and state courts
  • Represented a secured creditor in a dispute with the borrower in multimillion-dollar disputes in Arizona bankruptcy court
  • Represented a real estate developer in mass litigation with purchasers asserting statutory and common law rescission claim in Colorado state court
  • Represented a pipeline company in a multimillion-dollar dispute with partner in arbitration
  • Represented a real estate purchaser in Colorado state court in a breach-of-contract case against the seller over the cost of repairing property damage caused by soil conditions; successfully defended the judgment on appeal
  • Represented a special sanitation district in a dispute with a neighboring municipality over the formation of a special district through trial in Colorado state court; successfully defended the judgment on appeal
  • Represented a manufacturing company in a multiyear trade secret misappropriation prosecution against domestic and foreign competitors in federal court
  • Represented a utility company in a multimillion-dollar condemnation proceeding against a landowner in Nevada state court
  • Represented a resort developer in disputes brought by purchasers of units who alleged that they were fraudulently induced to enter into purchase contracts
  • Represented a commercial-property owner in a multimillion-dollar breach-of-lease lawsuit against a tenant in Colorado state court
  • Represented a foreign corporation and an American subsidiary in federal court against allegations that they had misappropriated technology
  • Represented a foreign game-software developer in a contract dispute with an American distributor in Colorado arbitration

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. William Schwarzer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 1988-1989

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association, Ethics Committee

Denver Bar Association

Stanford Law School (J.D. 1988)
Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review; Member, Order of the Coif

Stanford University (A.M. 1988)
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow

Swarthmore College (B.A. 1982, with high honors)
Member, Phi Beta Kappa

California

Colorado