|Practicing attorney in
Chicago from 1959 in a broad based general practice with a special emphasis on taxation,
closely held businesses, real estate, estate planning and preparation of wills and trusts, private placements,
franchising, trials and appeals and computer law. Became a partner in the law firm joined
fresh out of law school in four years and left his first firm 13 years after first being
employed to start own law firm. From 1973 to 1985, headed his own law firm. In 1985, went
solo until going into law office automation consulting full time from June 1992 to March,
Starting in March, 1994, now practicing law as a
solo practitioner and doing law office automation consulting. Clients in the computer
arena have ranged from data processing and word processing service bureaus to software
publishers and programmers to video-games and cable television software programmers.
Serviced a broad based general practice from closely held corporations to corporations
doing in excess of $100,000,000 in gross income. Other areas of practice include but are
not limited to: corporations; real estate and syndication's; fire loss plaintiff and
defense; personal injury and workers compensation; trials; appeals; estate planning and
probate; arbitration's; collections; mergers and acquisitions; major financing
documentation and much, much more. Has appeared and argued cases in the Illinois Appellate
Court and the Illinois and United States Supreme Courts. Was lead counsel in the case of
Miner vs. Gillette which established for the first time in Illinois (if not nationally)
that a Plaintiff in a class action filed in a state court could properly represent class
members in all states of the United States.
"power user" of computers, is recognized as a national authority on law office
automation and technology. An interest in computers goes back to the 1960s when at his
urging, his law firm experimented with the IBM Mag-tape and then the IBM Mag-card
machines. In the mid-1970s, now heading up his own law firm, purchased two dedicated word
processors, each costing about $18,000. As a result of these interests and the advantages
realized by the use of these machines, was profiled as a technology Guru in the June, 1984
ABA Journal. Among personal computer-related accomplishments are the following:
1. Started and runs the first PC-based Electronic Bulletin Board
System (BBS) run by an attorney in 1983. Also ran the "Electronic Bar Association
Legal Information Network" on the BT North America and international network.
2. Started the first Microcomputer Users Group for Lawyers, knows
as LAW MUG (the Lawyers Microcomputer Users Group). LAW MUG was a special interest Group
(LAW SIG) of Chicago Computer Society (CCS). also the past President of CCS. He was also a
director of the first Chicagoland based micro-computer users group,CACHE.
3. Pioneered and started the first Lexis/Nexis Membership Group,
thereby, for the first time, bringing affordable on-line legal research to every attorney.
4. Authored in 1980 the first floppy-disk based legal forms
program known as "Automated Legal Forms" (ALF), published by Callaghan &
Company, then of Wilmette, IL. That product is still the basic model for all computerized
document assembly software since ALF's introduction.
5. Created and acted as chairman of the COMPUTER LAW COMMITTEE of
the Chicago Bar Association. Chaired the Science, Technology and the Law Committee (twice)
and the Economics of the Legal Profession Committees of the CBA. Also headed a special
task force at the CBA on the bar associations role in helping its members to automate
their law firms. The report, submitted in 1984, was the blue print for subsequent efforts
at the CBA.
6. Orchestrated and helps to run monthly meetings on law office
technology at the Illinois State Bar Association.
7. In October, 1988, started the Law Office Technology column for
Trial Magazine, the monthly publication of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
(ATLA). ATLA has over 55,000 law firm members.
8. Occasional contributor of law office automation columns to Law
Office Computing Magazine.
9. Started one of the first monthly publications on law office
automation and technology, the "Lawyers Micro Users Group Newsletter" which was
published on NewsNet (an online service) and the LAW MUG BBS. One article per month from
each electronic newsletter is in syndication.
10. Formerly the monthly columnist on law office technology for
Illinois Legal Times.
11. Speaker at every annual meeting of ATLA on law office
technology and a consultant to ATLA on technology requirements and automation needs of
12. Author of the monthly newsletter.
13. Beta tester and reviewer of various software and CD-ROM
products, including those from Matthew Bender and West Publishing.
14. Speaker at many high-tech presentations including those
focusing on on-line services and the legal liability and responsibility of System
Operators (SYSOPS) of on-line systems.
15. From June, 1992 to March, 1994, headed, as Director, the Law
Office Automation activities of the CPA firm of Friedman, Eisenstein, Raemer &
16. AV rated by Martindale-Hubble, the national service rating
attorneys on both ability and integrity. The"AV" rating is the highest rating
17. In the mid-1980s, served on the
computer-and-automation-related advisory committees of the Illinois Institute for
Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) and for the Kent Law School.
18. Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
19. Arbitrator for Cook County Court Annexed Arbitration's.
20. Co-Chair of ATLA's "Communications, Computers & Law
Office Technology" Committee for the 1993-1994, and 1997-1998 term.
21. Co-Chair of ATLA's "Small Practitioners" Section ,
22. Member of the Illinois State Bar Associations Law Office
Economics Council and the Law Office Technology Committee, 1993-1998 and Chair of the
Technology Committee for the 1995-1996 year.
23. Past-President of Chicago Computer Society, the fifth or
sixth largest PC Users Group in the country, 1993-1994.
24. Law office automation and technology consultant to a rapidly
growing number of many of the top personal injury and other small to mid-sized law firms
in the Chicagoland area.
25. Served as Co-Sysop of the Law SIGs on CompuServe and The
Source and an online member now or in the past of: Prodigy; America online; CompuServe;
Genie; Delphi; MCI Mail, Applelink, eWorld and; many Bulletin Board Systems.
26. Co-Chair, ATLA ExchangePLUS Committee (1995-1996).
Graduated with High Honors, University of Illinois.
Bronze Tablet, the equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa
in the School of Commerce at the U of I) 1957.
CPA Certificate in Illinois 1957.
J.D., DePaul Law School 1959.
Licensed attorney in the State of Illinois 1959.
Practice and Employment History
Associate: Freeman, Libeling, Adelman and Watson
Partner: Libeling, Adelman, Watson and Bernstein
Libeling, Adelman and Bernstein.
Libeling and Bernstein.
Partner: Bernstein and Waller 1973.
Partner: Bernstein, Schiff and Kroning 1982.
Solo: Paul Bernstein and Associates 1985.
Associate: CPA firm of Friedman, Eisenstein,
Raemer & Schwartz 1992.
Solo: Paul Bernstein 1994.
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