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Bernie Pastor

Practice Areas

  • Federal Litigation
  • Appeals
  • Tort Liability & Medical Malpractice


  • Temple University, J.D., 1994
  • Fordham University, B.A. in Political Science and Economics, 1990


  • Law Clerk, Honorable John H. Moore II, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 1994-1996

Court Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • New York Bar
  • New Jersey Bar
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Bernie Pastor

Joined the Office in 2004
Assistant County Attorney
Chief, Federal Litigation and Appeals Section
Chief, Tort Liability and Medical Malpractice Section

[email protected] 305-375-1506

Bernie Pastor represents the County in a wide variety of litigation matters in trial and appellate courts, including federal lawsuits attacking the constitutionality of County ordinances and against the County and its employees in civil rights, wrongful death, and other tort claims. Bernie is an experienced trial lawyer, having successfully tried over 20 federal jury trials. Bernie has also handled dozens of appeals, and several oral arguments, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Following his federal clerkship, Bernie was an associate at Holland & Knight, P.A., in Miami, from 1998 to 2001, and from 1998 to 2001, was an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami, where he served in the Economic Crimes, Major Prosecutions, and Appeals units. From 2001 to 2004, he was an associate at White and Case LLP, Miami, where he handled complex commercial, intellectual property, and labor and employment litigation, and actively participated in several internal corporate investigations.

Prior Experience

  • Associate, White & Case, LLP, Miami, 2001-2004
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of Florida, 1998-2001
  • Associate, Holland & Knight, LLP, Miami, 1996-1998
  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, Florida International University College of Law, 2005-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Litigation Skills, University of Miami School of Law, 2022-present
  • Faculty, The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section's Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, 2022-present
  • National Faculty Lecturer, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), 2005-2019
  • Faculty, University of Miami, Paralegal Studies Program, 2006-2007
  • Frequently lectures on trial and litigation practice and evidentiary issues for the County Attorney's office in-house legal training program

Community Involvement, Awards, & Recognition

  • President, Federal Bar Association (South Florida Chapter), 2012-2013; Board Member, 2011-present; National Delegate, 2013 to 2020
  • Advisory Committee on Rules and Procedures, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ("Local Rules Committee"), 2004-2007; 2016-present
  • Former Member and Chair, Florida Bar Grievance Committee
  • Former Member, Florida Bar Federal Court Practice Committee
  • Recognized as a "Florida Legal Elite Government Attorney"  by Florida Trend (multiple years)