Jonathan Bernstein, a partner in the firm's Albany office, concentrates his practice in municipal liability, general litigation, professional liability, appellate advocacy, and defending civil rights and employment discrimination suits. He has defended government agencies, elected officials, police officers, corrections officers, as well as numerous counties and local governments in civil rights suits in federal and state courts. His professional liability experience includes representing accountants and lawyers in malpractice lawsuits. Jon has handled appeals before New York’s appellate courts, including the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has also tried cases to verdict in state and federal court.

Before joining Goldberg Segalla, Jon served as a confidential clerk for the New York Court of Appeals from 2002 to 2004.

Jon is the editor of Goldberg Segalla's Government Liability, Civil Rights, and Labor and Employment newsletter.

  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2013-2016
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute: Government Liability (Court Reporter Correspondent)
  • Association of Towns
  • County Attorney's Association of NY (CAASNY)
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Western, and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Civic Activities
  • Member, Town of Sand Lake Planning Board
Prior Experience
  • New York State Court of Appeals, Confidential Clerk, 2002-2004
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2002 (Former Assistant Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review)
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A., 1996
  • Co-Author, “Guideposts for Assessing Excessive Force,” Defense Research Institute For the Defense, June 2017
  • Co-Author, “Is Your Police Department Ready to Implement Body Cameras?” DRI For the Defense, July 2016
  • Co-Presenter, "Municipal Liability Update," The County Attorneys' Association of the State of New York, Cooperstown, NY, May 17, 2016
  • Speaker, "Dealing with eDiscovery Motions and Legal Holds on Electronic Records," CASSNY, April 7, 2015