Eric S. Bernhardt

Eric S. Bernhardt

500 Rand Building
12 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, New York 14203
1-800-675-0011 (phone)
315-474-6015 (fax)
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  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D. 2002
  • University of Southern California, B.S. Cum Laude, Music Industry, 1999

Admitted to Practice

  • Admitted to practice before all Courts of the State of New York and the US District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of New York
  • Also admitted to practice before all Courts of the State of California (inactive) and the US District Court for the Central District of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Erie County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association


 Eric graduated from the University of Southern California cum laude in 1999 and from the USC Gould School of Law in 2002.  He practiced law in California until 2007 when he returned to Buffalo.  Before joining Smith Sovik in January 2015, Eric worked for a prominent Buffalo law firm where he has practiced since returning to the Buffalo area in 2007. 

Eric is a successful trial lawyer and appellate advocate who will handle all types of litigation matters at Smith Sovik including the defense of labor law, product liability and professional and medical malpractice, trucking and general negligence/insurance cases.

Eric is committed to Buffalo and the local community.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of Temple Beth Zion, where his children are the fifth generation of his family to belong to the Synagogue. 


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