A PASSION FOR JUSTICE; THE EXPERIENCE TO WIN. I view your right to proper healthcare as a BASIC HUMAN RIGHT, and I will fight for all NEW JERSEY WORKERS, injured on the Job! It is a matter of basic Justice and Fairness! Send your Questions and Concerns to "JayBernstein19@gmail.com" 24 hours, include your NJ Court and County. Call for free consult: 201 519-6785. Read our legal blogs, and videos (click on "other sites" to your right) on Your Legal Rights in New Jersey.
Jay H. Bernstein manages the Workers' Compensation practice of Kirsch, Gelband, & Stone, in Newark N.J, specializing in Emergency Motions for Medical Treatment and Surgery, with hundreds of successful court orders for emergency surgery and medical treatment. His practice also includes Social Security Disability law and appellate practice (pro bono criminal constitutional law for the N.J. Public Defender).
Mr. Bernstein, who has practiced for nearly 20 years, has represented thousands of injured workers throughout New Jersey, and has been named by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Workers' Compensation attorney, a distinction held by less than 5% of attorneys throughout the State. Jay Bernstein has testified before the NJ Senate Labor Committee to improve emergency access to medical care for injured NJ Workers, and was instrumental in the 2008 Star Ledger coverage and expose of the failed system of Health Care Delivery to NJ Workers, and the introduction and passage of legislation to improve the Workers Compensation Law in New Jersey.
Mr. Bernstein served as a legal clerk for the Ministry of Justice, State of Israel, in Jerusalem; a legal intern for Congressman Torricelli, in the U.S. Congress; and as a Legal Aid Attorney, representing homeless children and families in Trenton, N.J. Mr. Bernstein received a Commendation for Superior Performance from the Trial Defense Service of the United States Army, JAG Corps, Ft. Knox, Kentucky,
and a commendation for Volunteer Service in the First Gulf War from the State of Israel.
Jay is a an original founding member of the NJ Mass Disaster Legal Response Program, which has served families of the 9/11 Terror attack, and Hurricane and flood victims in the region, giving free legal aid and services.
The National ABA Law Journal interviewed Jay Bernstein (2013) on efforts of the NJ Bar Mass Disaster Relief Program's efforts to aid Hurricane Sandy Victims. The President of the NJ Bar, in a speech to the assembled NJ Supreme Court Judges and Members of the Bar, pointed out NJ Attorneys helping their neighbors in the best tradition of the Law; and stated Jay Bernstein is one of those NJ Lawyers... with many years aiding Hurricane and Disaster victims (2013 speech). Email: "JayBernstein19@gmail.com" or txt or call me at 201 519-6785 for free consultation.
Mr. Bernstein is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.
and Certified by the NJ Supreme Court as a Workers' Compensation Attorney.
Juris Doctor, with Certificate in International Law, College of Law, Syracuse University, 1988. Russian Language Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1984. Political Science and Archeology Studies, Brandeis University, Hiatt Institute, Israel, 1982. B.A. History, University of Rochester, 1984.
Professional Associations & Memberships
New Jersey Association for Justice, Workers Compensation Section. NJ Bar Association- Mass Disaster Legal Response Team, Founding Member (1996-Present). Legal Counsel, Rec. Secty., Executive Board - Volunteer's for Israel. Glen Rock Pops Orchestra. Citizen Teacher/ Newark NJ.
Honors and Awards
*Commendation by President of the NJ Bar Association for Aid to Sandy Hurricane Victims and Years of Service to the Mass Disaster Relief Program (2013).
* Letter of Commendation from NJ Governor Christie for Pro Bono Volunteer aid to Hurricane Sandy Victims (2013).
* Awarded President's "National Volunteer Award" for Volunteer mentoring and teaching at Newark Middle Schools; Signed by President Barak Obama, in recognition for partnering with Nasa and Oxford University to allow real time Science and Astronomy in the Classroom. 2010-2012
*Proclamation by Governor James McGreevy, honoring pro bono volunteer attorneys for volunteering to aid terror victims of 9/11. (Sept. 11th Legal Response Team), presented to Jay Bernstein by Hon. Deborah T. Poritz, Chief Justice NJ Supreme Court, and the President of the NJ Bar Association, April, 2003.
*Commendation by New Jersey Bar Association, New Jersey Legal Response Program, for aid to to victims and families of deceased loved ones of 9/11/01. November 1, 2002.
*Commendation by Essex County Bar, World Trade Center (9/11) Volunteer Attorney, MassDisaster Quick Response Team, 2001-2002
*Certificate of Appreciation by Ann Bartlett, President NJ Bar Association, for Volunteer efforts to assist Hurricane Floyd Victims, March 2000.
*Letter of Commendation, for Pro Bono Immigration and Naturalization Hearings, by Gilda Spinat, Director, New American Resettlement Program, 1998.
*Proclamation of Honor and Commendation by Governor Christie Whitman, to the founding members, Mass Disaster Quick Response Team, NJ Bar/American Red Cross/ Fema, May 1997.
*Letter of Appreciation for Volunteer Service during the Gulf War, by Minister of Defense, State of Israel, Moshe Arons, 1991.
*New York City Human Resources Administration, Volunteer Award 1990 - Organized Bronx Group Home Tutorial Program for Disadvantaged Youth, Tutored school children, Bronx, N.Y.
*Commendation for Superior Performance, Trial Defense Service, JAG Corps, US Army, Ft. Knox, KY, 1986. US Army JAG Corps Legal Intern, Legal Writing Award.
Human Rights Mission to Soviet Union to aid Russian Jewish Refuseniks, 1982 and 1985, on behalf of United States House of Representatives, Foreign Affairs Committee, and Israeli Human Rights Coalition. Smuggled in medicine to Ida Nudel and Hebrew Books to an underground Hebrew School in Moscow. Prepared report on imprisonment, trial and torture of Yosef Bernstein, based on secret meetings in safe house in Moscow with Yana Berenstein, Dec. 1985. Smuggled out report on Soviet human rights abuses, with photos, distributed worldwide, and published in the NY Times, Jerusalem Post, and Jewish Standard NJ, broadcast on BBC and Kol Yisrael. Met with and aided US immigration of Strizhevsky Family from Moskva (Moscow, USSR).
* Director: Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry Wash. DC Lobby, State of New Jersey.(1984)