Bernard S. GreenfieldPartner

My focus: Commercial and bankruptcy litigation; real property litigation.

Number of cases I have tried: About 50 or so.

Education: J.D., Southwestern Law School, 1975, Cum Laude; B.A., Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1969.

Representative Matters: I have represented clients in virtually all types of real property disputes and bankruptcy-related litigation before judges and juries, including disputes involving the purchase and sale of real property, title to real property, boundary line disputes, judicial foreclosure, bankruptcy preference claim defense, actions under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, objections to creditors claims, partnership disputes, corporate dissolution actions, commercial lease disputes and commercial debt collection.

  • Evilsizor v. Sobrato
  • Mission West Properties v. Exar
  • WorldEx Industry & Trading Co., Ltd. v. Maloney et al.

Reason I joined Greenfield: Actually, I co-founded the firm, mostly because I needed a place to work.  Prior to Greenfield, I was a partner of Levy, Greenfield & Davidoff, which was formed in 1980 here in San Jose.

Favorite part of working at Greenfield: The enthusiasm and fresh insight of the firm’s younger lawyers.

How I got into law: I had a background in accounting and had been a successful private investigator. Law seemed like a good combination of the two.

Guiding principle: No one likes the truth more than the lawyer who asserts it.

Favorite moment during a trial: The very beginning, when the case is called and the attorney answers: “ready.”

Volunteer work: Together with three young lawyers in our firm, I coach a high school mock trial team.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: Going out to dinner with my wife and other lawyers. I like lawyers and enjoy their company.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I would be: Dying of boredom, to be honest.

What makes a good trial attorney: Confidence, diligence, and preparation.

What makes me a good trial attorney: Not surprisingly, confidence, diligence, and preparation.

Favorite quote: “I collect what’s due.” (Marlon Brando, “On the Waterfront,” 1954)