Bernard Barmann, Jr.
Bernie Barmann is a mediator and business trial attorney who for more thirty years has effectively represented businesses and individuals in a wide variety of civil disputes in state and federal courts throughout California and in other jurisdictions. Prior to joining Kuhs & Parker in 2011, Bernie practiced for twenty years in Los Angeles—more than twelve of those years with O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Bernie was also a partner in the Los Angeles litigation firm Hirschmann & Barmann LLP, and an associate with Proskauer Rose LLP in Century City.
In 2015, Bernie obtained a $16.7 million jury verdict as lead counsel in a trial of a breach of contract action for a major renewable energy firm which formed the basis for a $22 million judgment that included $4 million in pre-judgment interest and over $1 million in attorney’s fees.
Bernie has successfully represented clients in trial courts, on appeal, and in alternative dispute resolution settings, including mediation and arbitration, on a variety of matters including contract and other business disputes, eminent domain, water rights, real property, fraud, unfair competition, trade secrets, false advertising, mass torts, consumer class actions, patent litigation, antitrust, insurance coverage, legal malpractice and attorney fee disputes. In addition to his mediation and litigation practices, Bernie serves as legal counsel to the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District and the Greater Bakersfield Separation of Grade District.
J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1990 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
B.A., cum laude, Economics-Accounting, Claremont McKenna College, 1988
Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution 42-hour course, Mediating the Litigated Case, Pepperdine School of Law, 2016
Adjunct professor of law – Kern County College of Law, Civil Procedure
Director – Kern County Bar Association 2017-present
Rotarian – Bakersfield West Rotary; Service Above Self Award 2018
President – West High School Alumni Association 2018-present
U.S. Courts of Appeals
U.S. District Courts
-Eastern District of California, 2012
-Southern District of California, 1991
-Central District of California, 1990