Daniel Bernardone joins RL&L as the newest member of our litigation team.
Dan is an Arizona litigator whose practice primarily consists of commercial litigation, insurance coverage, insurance bad-faith litigation, and civil litigation.
Dan is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where he served as Executive Editor of the Jurimetrics Law Journal, externed for the Honorable Michelle Burns (U.S. District Court, District of Arizona) and was inducted into the Order of Barristers.
Dan has five years of experience dealing with insurance carriers and insurance coverage issues. At his previous firm, he represented insurance companies in several capacities, usually by advising them on insurance coverage matters or defending them in bad-faith lawsuits. Through that experience, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of policies, and he knows what carriers look for in deciding whether to cover a claim. As a result, clients often seek him out when dealing with insurance recovery issues. He has experience with both personal lines and commercial lines, including the following coverages: commercial general liability (CGL) and businessowners, commercial automobile liability, cyber liability, pollution, errors, and omission (malpractice), directors and officers, homeowners, dwelling, etc. He has also dealt with Damron/Morris-type agreements, which is oftentimes a policyholder’s best chance to protect its interests.
With respect to his commercial litigation practice, Dan has represented creditors and debtors in loan repayment disputes, partners in complex business divorces, creditor trusts in Chapter 11 bankruptcies, companies in sale disputes, landlords and tenants in real estate disputes, group homes, financial services companies, and more. Dan has also advised companies facing cyber security breaches where personally identifiable information may have been exposed (often implicating HIPAA issues), and he has helped clients through administrative investigations by the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
Finally, Dan also has experience representing personal injury victims. He has represented personal injury victims with respect to motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall incidents, and other instances where another’s negligence caused harm. His knowledge about the insurance industry has proved an asset in cases where the defendant is insured because he knows how the adjusters tend to valuate claims and negotiate.
- Christian, Dichter & Sluga, PC 2017 – 2021
- Warnock MacKinlay Law, PLLC 2016 – 2017
Professional Memberships and Activities
- Arizona Association of Defense Counsel: Young Lawyers Division, President
Honors & Awards
- Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Insurance Coverage, 2020 – 2021
In his free time, Dan enjoys both watching and playing soccer, playing chess, traveling, and volunteering as an occasional coach for external moot court competitions.