During these challenging times, Severson & Werson remains open and in full operation, consistent with the firm’s previously established contingency planning. While many of our attorneys and staff will be working remotely, as a firm, we continue in full operation. We are here to help, as always.

Special Counsel

Bernard J. Kornberg

Bernard Kornberg Appellate litigation

Bernie represents clients in litigated, regulatory, and compliance matters of all stripes. Whether Bernie is defending his clients in court or drafting a contract to avoid future litigation, he will handle the matter in a professional, efficient, and timely manner.

Mr. Kornberg has extensive experience in representing lenders, other entities, and individuals in litigation in the areas of insolvency, regulatory compliance, real estate litigation, commercial contract disputes, large-scale debt collection, and shareholder lawsuits. Mr. Kornberg is also an experienced appellate litigator and has argued cases in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and the California Court of Appeal. Mr. Kornberg is the prevailing attorney of record in the published appellate opinions of In re Turner, 859 F.3d 1145 (9th Cir. 2017) (denying the standing of a third-party to challenge a loan sale), Opperwall v. Bank of Am., N.A., 561 B.R. 775 (N.D. Cal. 2016) (deciding the res judicata effect of a confirmed plan), and In re Goldstein, 526 B.R. 13 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2015) (determining when claims vest as property of the bankruptcy estate).

In addition, Mr. Kornberg’s practice includes acting as outside compliance counsel for early and mid-stage financial lending startups. In this role, Mr. Kornberg is responsible for drafting and reviewing contracts, disclosures, marketing materials, and practices and procedures relating to the sale of new and untested financial products for financial service startups to ensure compliance with RESPA, TILA, Gramm-Leach- Blilely, data privacy and security, and other federal and state regulatory requirements.

Mr. Kornberg received his law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, magna cum laude, and is admitted to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Bernard was an Extern for Federal Bankruptcy Judge Eileen Hollowell. Mr. Kornberg received his B.A. degree in both Political Science and English from the University of California, Berkeley where he also served as the art and film critic for the student paper, The Daily Californian, and was President of the Berkeley Chapter of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

Mr. Kornberg is admitted to practice in all State and federal courts in California and is a member of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the San Francisco Bar Association.


  • University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2007
  • University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 2002


  • California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit