Roger Bernhardt


Roger Bernhardt

Of Counsel
San Francisco, California

Professor Roger Bernhardt taught for many years at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. He has written, in whole or part, for attorneys: California Mortgage and Deed of Trust Practice, and Bernhardt's California Real Estate Codes, and he is the Editor of the California Real Property Law Reporter. He has also written, for law schools and law students: Cases and Statutes on Real Property, Real Property in a Nutshell, The Black Letter Law of Real Property, and also Cases on California Real Estate Finance. Roger has been a leading consultant and expert witness in Real Estate Law.

Professor Bernhardt has been Chair of the American Bar Association Legal Education Committee of the Real Property Probate and Trust Section, Advisor to the California State Bar Executive Committee of the Real Property Section, and a member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • New York


  • University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.


  • University of Paris, 1997
  • Fordham University Law School (NY), 1990 - 1991
  • Cardozo School of Law (NY), 1986 - 1988
  • University of San Francisco, 1972, 1985
  • University of California at Davis, 1982
  • University of Arizona, 1974
  • University of California at Berkeley, 1964, 1970, 1971
  • Real Property, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Transaction, Real Estate Litigation, Uniform Commercial Code, Land Use, Federal Income Tax, and Law of Debt

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Licensed Real Estate Broker (California)
  • Moderator, Continuing Education of Bar Programs and Annual Audio & Videotape, 1969 - 1980
  • Program Chair, Real Property Section, San Francisco Bar, 1970 - 1980
  • Reporter on California cases, ABA Real Property Section, 1972 - 1984
  • Moderator, Los Angeles Financial Lawyers Conference on Real Estate, 1978
  • Executive Committee, Real Property Law Section of State Bar, 1979-1982 & 1999-2000
  • Committee, 1999 - Present
  • Chair, San Francisco Relocation Appeals Board, 1979 - 1988
  • American Law Institute (Advisor to Restatement of Mortgages)
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • Chair, Legal Education Committee, ABA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, 1997 - 2008
  • Person Of The Year, 2015, Real Property Section of California State Bar

Past Employment Positions

  • Golden Gate University, Professor of Law 1961-64, 1969-2016


  • Phi Beta Kappa