Paul M. Bernhart 

Successful Representation

Paul’s knowledge of the law and his ability to think strategically is what sets him apart. Always advocating in his clients’ best interest, he’s extremely skilled at keeping clients out of the courtroom.  When conflict is inevitable, this experienced litigator continually delivers results at the federal, state, appellate and administrative levels.  

While in school Paul interned with the Ohio House of Representatives.  Before joining Fishel Hass Kim Albrecht Downey LLP in 2006, he worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Education Section for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. 


On the Personal Side

Paul is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his family and three kids.  

A creative thinker who spends little time inside the proverbial box, Paul Bernhart resolves even the most difficult legal problems.  

Professional Memberships

  • The American Bar Association
  • The Ohio State Bar Association
  • The Columbus Bar Association
  • The Federal Bar Association
  • Central Ohio Labor & Employment Relations Association
  • DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Board member for Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Central Ohio

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment & Labor


  • Capital University, J.D., cum laude and Order of the Curia
  • The Ohio State University, B.A. in Political Science/History (Golden Key National Honor Society)

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio