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William Bernstein

Adjunct Professor

A leader in the plaintiffs’ bar in the fields of antitrust and consumer protection law, William Bernstein has managed complex civil class action lawsuits involving price-fixing suits by pharmaceutical companies and the world’s largest vitamin manufacturers for crafting a global “vitamins cartel,” as well as groundbreaking litigation against natural gas and energy companies for manipulating the prices of natural gas and electricity during the California energy crisis of 2000-2001. Mr. Bernstein also oversaw negotiations in the landmark settlement and injunction against De Beers for monopolizing the trade of rough diamonds in the U.S. for nearly 60 years. As described by The National Law Journal, “The plaintiffs’ firms’ pluck, and some luck, resulted in a $295 million settlement for De Beers’ customers [and] secured De Beers’ pledge to abide by federal and state antitrust laws and accept court oversight to ensure compliance.” Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers have repeatedly recognized Mr. Bernstein as a top attorney in Northern California.

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  • BA, University of Pennsylvania
  • JD, University of San Francisco
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