Peter Bernhardt
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Peter M. Bernhardt

Member; Chair, Probate and Trust Litigation
West Palm Beach

EMAIL pbernhardt@mcdonaldhopkins.com

PHONE 561.472.2121


Peter is experienced in all areas of commercial and business litigation. He focuses on complex commercial litigation matters, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in contract disputes, partnership disputes, shareholder disputes, claims for legal and accounting malpractice, construction litigation, employment litigation, real estate litigation, landlord/tenant matters, and business torts. Peter also has extensive experience representing local and national lenders in loan restructuring, foreclosures, receiverships, and in defense of a wide variety lender liability claims. Peter is also the Chair of the Probate and Trust Litigation Practice Group, and has extensive experience in the area of probate litigation. Peter served as general counsel to a sports management group and has extensive experience in the negotiation of endorsement agreements for professional athletes, has negotiated and prepared endorsement agreements for an array of players on the PGA and Champions Golf Tours. Peter has discreetly handled sensitive legal matters for professional golfers and has assisted professional athletes in structuring their business affairs. Peter also provides general business advice and currently serves as outside general counsel of a number of companies. 

Peter earned a J.D. from Nova Southeastern University in 1992. He received a B.A. from the University of Florida in 1988.


Admissions - Court

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Admissions - State

  • Florida


  • Nova Southeastern University
  • University of Florida

Honors and Awards

  • South Florida Legal Guide's "Top Lawyer" (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2017, 2020)
  • Sustained Excellence in Sports Law - USA & Best Commercial Litigation Practice – Florida, AI M&A Awards (2015)
  • International M&A awards: Excellence in Florida Business Litigation (2015)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012-2015, 2017-2019) – Only five percent of the lawyers in the state were selected
  • Selected for inclusion in the Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers for Litigation
  • Listed in Strathmore's Who's Who (2004)
  • Named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2011-2020)
  • Honored as a 2020 Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law by Best Lawyers (2020).

Professional Membership

  • The Florida Bar
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association

Public Service and Volunteerism

  • Past Regional Board Member of The Anti-Defamation League
  • Graduate of the 1999-2000 Steinberg Leadership Institute
  • Chairman of the 2000-2001 Steinberg Leadership Institute
  • Leukemia Society of America’s 1995 Brooks Brothers Man of the Year
  • Ambassador for the Honda Classic


  • English
  • German (conversational)