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
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Litigation & Class Actions
  • Electronic Discovery & Information Governance
  • Securities Litigation & Enforcement Privacy & Security
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; 2012, US District Court for the District of Columbia; 2009, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; 2010, US District Court for the Central District of Illinois; 2011, US District Court for the Central District of California; 2006, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

•American Bar Association Consumer Litigation Committee; Co-Chair, Privacy and Information Security Subcommittee
•American Bar Association Woman Advocate Committee
•National Immigrant Justice Center, Volunteer Attorney
•Human Rights First, Volunteer Attorney
•Tahirih Justice Center, Volunteer Attorney
•Children's Law Center, Volunteer Attorney

LanguagesEnglish; French; German; Hebrew

Catherine Bernard represents clients in complex commercial litigation before state and federal courts, with a focus on securities and regulatory matters involving financial institutions and financial products. Her experience includes the defense of multiple major financial institutions in lawsuits brought throughout the US by purchasers and trustees of mortgage-backed securities offerings. Catherine also has extensive experience in commercial fraud and other business torts, internal investigations, consumer class actions, privacy litigation, breach of fiduciary duty, professional liability, complex e-discovery, and privilege issues. Catherine was selected by the SuperLawyers rating service as a Washington, DC “SuperLawyer” in Commercial and Securities Litigation in 2014 and 2015, and as a “Rising Star” in 2012 and 2013.

Catherine also focuses on asylum and immigration law through her pro bono work. She has successfully represented refugees in contested asylum hearings and appellate proceedings. Catherine is a co-founder and Practice Leader of Mayer Brown’s Pro Bono Asylum and Immigration Committee, and is a member of the Washington, DC Pro Bono and Recruiting Committees.

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


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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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