Catherine A. Bernard: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Catherine A. Bernard

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone+1 202 263 3405

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Practice Areas

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance Litigation
  • Securities Litigation & Enforcement
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Litigation & Class Actions
  • Electronic Discovery & Information Governance
Contact InfoTelephone: +1 202 263 3405
Fax: +1 202 263 5205
University Stanford University, B.A., with honors/distinction, 1995; Graduate Theological Union (Joint Program in Jewish Studies; Graduate Coursework, 1998)
Law SchoolNew York University School of Law, J.D., 2002
Admitted2003, California; 2003, US Court of Federal Claims; 2004, District of Columbia; 2005, Illinois; 2006, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; 2010, US District Court for the Central District of Illinois; 2011, US District Court for the Central District of California


American Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

National Immigrant Justice Center, Volunteer Attorney

Human Rights First, Volunteer Attorney

LanguagesEnglish; French; German; Hebrew

Catherine Bernard is a trial attorney who focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. She has represented clients before state and federal courts in a wide variety of litigation matters, including securities fraud, consumer class actions, privacy torts, antitrust, breach of fiduciary duty, professional liability, and copyright cases. Her representations include the defense of two major financial institutions in multiple lawsuits brought throughout the US by purchasers of mortgage-backed securities. In the antitrust field, Catherine has represented major US corporations in monopolization, price-fixing, conspiracy, and restraint of trade litigation. Catherine also has expertise in complex e-discovery issues and has counseled clients in attorney-client privilege matters. Catherine was selected as a SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and as a SuperLawyer in Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation for 2014.

Catherine also specializes in asylum and immigration law through her pro bono work. She has successfully represented refugees in contested asylum hearings and appellate proceedings. Catherine is a Practice Leader for the Pro Bono Asylum and Immigration Committee, and is a member of the Pro Bono and Recruiting Committees.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2005, Catherine worked for another global law firm in Washington, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable John P. Wiese of the United States Court of Federal Claims.


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The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s “Abusive” Standard — Early Lessons
Catherine A. Bernard,Reginald R. Goeke,Jeffrey H. Redfern, April 14, 2015
The Dodd-Frank Act granted the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) the authority to combat “unfair, deceptive, or abusive” practices in the consumer finance industry. “Unfair and deceptive” acts and practices have long been prohibited by the Federal Trade...

First Recommended Decision in Contested CFPB Adjudication issued by US Securities and Exchange Commission ALJ
Catherine A. Bernard,Reginald R. Goeke,Jeffrey H. Redfern, February 26, 2015
On November 25, 2014, US Securities and Exchange Commission Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Cameron Elliot issued the first-ever “recommended decision” in a contested Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) adjudication.
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Catherine A. Bernard

1999 K Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20006-1101


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