Charles B. Bernstein, Esq.

Title: Lawyer (Retired)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Charles B. Bernstein, Esq., retired lawyer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in real estate and probate law.

Mr. Bernstein is a retired attorney celebrating more than 50 years of success specializing in real estate and probate law. A high school honor student, he went on to study at the University of Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1962. Mr. Bernstein earned his Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law in 1965, and was admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois the same year. He began his career in 1966 as an associate of Axelrod, Goodman, & Steiner, departing the following year to become an associate of the Chicago firm of Max & Herman Chill.

In 1974, Mr. Bernstein joined Bellows & Associates, where he would practice until 1981. After briefly becoming an associate of Marvin Sacks, Ltd., he entered sole practice based out of Chicago, where he would continue to work with clients until his retirement from law in 2015. Among the highlights of his career were arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court in 1972, and having the opportunity to launch his own firm. 

In his retirement, Mr. Bernstein has enjoyed the opportunity to devote more time to his passions, genealogy and his Jewish faith. He is a former officer and member of the Board of Directors of Congregation Rodfei Zedek, has taught Jewish genealogy to students at Anshe Emet Synagogue, and been a researcher and scholar-in-residence at Camp Chi. Mr. Bernstein has published more than half a dozen books on Judaism and genealogy and contributed extensively to numerous papers and articles on the topics, including “Eli: The Story of a Patriarch,” 2001, “Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy,” 1991, and “Torah and Technology: The History and Genealogy of the Anixter Family,” 1996. He is the recipient of an American Jurisprudence Award and his research has earned him recognitions including the American Jewish Congress My Brother’s Keeper Award and a 1999 Second Century Award from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Mr. Bernstein remains the Director of the Jewish Genealogical Society, is a founding member of the National Museum of American Jewish History, and has held leadership positions in numerous other organizations dedicated to preserving and promoting the study of Jewish history and culture.


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