Bernardo (“Bernie”) Pastor
B.A., Fordham University
J.D., Temple University School of Law
Professor Bernardo (“Bernie”) Pastor is currently an Assistant County Attorney and Chief of the Federal Litigation Section, for the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office, where he represents the County and its employees in a wide variety of litigation matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts.
Professor Pastor began his legal career in 1994, clerking for the Honorable John H. Moore II, of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, before moving into private practice as an associate with Holland & Knight, P.A. in Miami. He then joined the United States Attorney’s Office in Miami in 1998. After serving as an Assistant United States Attorney for three years, Prof. Pastor joined White & Case LLP in Miami in 2001, and in 2004, joined the County Attorney’s Office.
In addition to serving as an Adjunct Professor at FIU, Prof. Pastor has for several years been a National Faculty Lecturer for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). He is also the current President of the Federal Bar Association—South Florida Chapter. He has also served on the Advisory (Ad Hoc) Committee on Rules & Procedures for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (“Local Rules Committee”); the Florida Bar Federal Court Practice Committee; and chaired a Florida Bar Grievance Committee.
Professor Pastor earned his B.A. in Political Science and Economics (double major) from Fordham University, and graduated from Temple University School of Law.