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Over a century of originality.
Bernkopf Goodman ranks among Boston's oldest and most respected law firms. Our roots trace back to Abraham K. Cohen, who was admitted to the Suffolk bar in 1894. The firm was established when Cohen formed a partnership with his son-in-law, Max E. Bernkopf. As their success grew, Bernkopf Goodman quickly gained a reputation for being aggressive, practical, and cost-effective. Today, these attributes remain the hallmarks of our firm.
Bernkopf Goodman provides representation across the full spectrum of commercial real estate and business transactions and complex litigation. For over a century, we have applied both skill and ingenuity to address our clients' vast business and legal needs. As a result, we have built lifetime relationships with many of our clients who routinely turn to us for our creative, straightforward counsel. Our many contacts in finance, banking, construction, and development permit us to find innovative solutions, and to achieve results others cannot. We are proud of these bonds and look forward to the next generation of client success.
The Bernkopf Way
Bernkopf Goodman offers an alternative to the “big firm” way of doing business. As a boutique firm comprised of experienced, business-savvy lawyers, we handle the most complex matters more efficiently and economically than larger firms while providing exceptional quality work.
Our approach is client-centric and results-driven.
We never over-lawyer the task or over-paper the deal. Our clients work directly with seasoned attorneys who understand the business issues and don’t waste valuable time or resources. Because large firm dynamics unencumber us, our rates are lower, and we can be more flexible with billing arrangements.
With a no-nonsense approach, we deliver personalized, responsive service that focuses on the matter at hand. As skilled dealmakers, negotiators, and litigators, our attorneys expertly assess your situation, develop a strategy, and create a clear set of agreed objectives.
In addressing your business and legal questions, we provide clear, straightforward advice. We are accountable to you. Our goal is your success.
A novel way of doing business? Perhaps. To us, it’s simply The Bernkopf Way.
For over a century, Bernkopf Goodman has helped clients achieve superb results, close numerous transactions and solve highly complex, high-stakes real estate, business, and litigation problems. Our ability to provide sophisticated legal counsel efficiently and cost-effectively is an important demarcation of our firm. We have earned a reputation for offering a large firm's pedigree and expertise with the agility and personalized service of a small boutique firm.
Bernkopf Goodman has an impressive track record of success that spans real estate development, construction, surety, corporate structure, mergers and acquisitions, employee relations, bankruptcy, civil litigation, and regulatory compliance, including zoning and environmental matters.
In Bernkopf Goodman We Trust
One entrepreneur and real estate developer believes successful business requires innovative, resourceful thinking. So, when that client needed a law firm to manage his fast-growing real estate company's legal affairs, he turned to Bernkopf Goodman. With a client-centric and results-driven approach, the firm serves as a "one-stop-shop" for his real estate development business, handling a myriad of complex business and legal matters, including leasing, financing, and litigation.
"I have enormous trust in my legal team. I know the attorneys have sharp legal minds, but I can also count on them for savvy, creative advice that fuels my business. I use Bernkopf Goodman lawyers as sounding boards, and their counsel on deals and ventures inspires me."
That client also notes the firm's unmatched personal service. "I always feel completely at ease with Bernkopf Goodman. There is no pretense or gatekeeping. I have full and direct access to my lawyers, which is uncommon by law firm standards."
Even after 20+ years, Bernkopf Goodman remains this client's law firm of choice. "I've never used another law firm. The firm and I share similar business values, and I have complete faith that the job, no matter what it is, will get done right."
Love That Dirty Water
With deep roots in the City of Boston, we devote significant time and energy to numerous civic and philanthropic endeavors that help those in need and make Greater Boston a better place.
Many of our attorneys serve as board and committee members for local towns, educational institutions, and charitable organizations. Our Firm’s signature campaign is the American Heart/American Stroke Association’s Annual Lawyers Have Heart 5k Road Race. Each year a team of volunteers from across our office runs the race in support of research and treatment programs addressing heart disease and stroke. We are proud to be consistently among the top five fundraising teams for this event.
From the performing arts to energy conservation to green initiatives, the causes we address are broad, yet our mission is clear: to be an advocate for the people and communities where we work and live.