For over 100 years, O’Dwyer & Bernstien has been one of New York’s pre-eminent litigation firms. Meet our elite legal team.
Our attorneys provide quality representation in the fields of personal injury, labor relations, employee benefits and administrative/government law.
We bring significant experience to our areas of expertise and maintain a high-quality “boutique” practice while carrying on the beliefs of Paul O’Dwyer and the traditions of our other founders, William O’Dwyer — a former mayor of the city of New York — and Oscar Bernstien.
Our firm has had its share of publicly renowned cases, including a number of pro bono cases undertaken in the interest of justice. Today, our lawyers and support staff carry on the tradition of our founders, championing the causes and ideals of the underdogs, battling against social injustice, protecting the liberty of the common man, and fighting for civil and human rights.
Our firm is located in the vicinity of City Hall, the federal and state courts, and other governmental offices. The street on which our office is located was designated Paul O’Dwyer Way by the New York City Council and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in recognition of the years of service that Paul O’Dwyer gave to the people of the city of New York.
against the City of New York for its failure to repair a flooded roadway causing a motor vehicle accident in which the driver suffered quadriplegia with brain injuries The National Law Journal cited the verdict as being the highest personal injury award in the United States for that year
for a 27-year-old motorist who suffered an injury to his cervical spine resulting in permanent neurological dysfunction and impairments when he was shot by a law enforcement officer during a traffic stop
for a 24-year-old laborer who suffered serious injuries to his back, arm, leg, and feet, which required surgery when an improperly secured brick wall that was being repaired fell on him
for a 24-year-old ironworker who sustained serious back injuries requiring multiple surgeries when an improperly hoisted load fell on him
for a 59-year-old bus chassis maintainer who sustained serious injuries to his knee and ankle as a result of being struck by an electric cart
for the injuries and wrongful death of a 43-year-old undocumented laborer who fell from a scaffold that was inadequately protected
for a 26-year-old carpenter who injured his back, requiring a spinal fusion when he fell from a loading dock
for a 38-year-old union laborer who injured his neck, back, and knee requiring surgery when his foot hit an obstruction as he was descending a ladder causing him to fall and become entangled in the ladder
We have helped New Yorkers recover over $500,000,000 in verdicts and settlements
What Our Clients Say
When I was hurt on the job I had nowhere to turn for help. I had been working as an electrician’s helper, but my boss was not insured and he had no license to do electrical work. I had just had a new baby girl and Con Ed was going to shut off my lights. A friend told me to call O’Dwyer & Bernstien. They took action right away and got great money for my case. ODB helped me get my life back on track. I will always be grateful.”
I retained O’Dwyer & Bernstien on the recommendation of a friend. I was immediately impressed by the firm’s experience and reputation in personal injury law. From the start, my ODB attorney walked me through the process, answered all my questions, explained everything clearly, kept me updated regularly and always promptly returned my telephone calls and emails. My attorney was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and diligent. My case moved through the court system quickly. As trial neared, the insurance company saw that my attorney was experienced and thoroughly prepared to try my case to verdict. As a result, the insurance company caved and settled my case for the full limits of the insurance policy. I love my ODB attorney!”
New York, NY
When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.
New York, NY
O’Dwyer & Bernstien has helped me in several different situations over the last 12 years that I’ve lived in NYC. They’re my go-to firm because they always obtain the results that I need and deserve. They’re also located in downtown Manhattan, which makes them very convenient. The office and people that work there are exactly what you’d expect from a top tier law firm in the world’s greatest city.
New York, NY