Abelardo P. Bernal

Abelardo P. Bernal is proud to litigate every case in order to obtain the most compensation possible for his clients. He will work on your case personally from start to finish.

Born September 26, 1955 in Corpus Christi, Texas, Mr. Bernal attended St. Pius X grade school from 1962 to 1969, and then attended Jesuit High School from 1969 to 1972 before graduating from Burges High School in El Paso in 1973. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977, receiving a Bachelor of Arts with high honors. During his junior year, he was admitted to Phi Kappa Phi, an academic fraternity limited to the top 5 percent of all junior students at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Bernal graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1980. While attending law school, he handled two criminal cases while in the Professor Dawson Criminal Defense Clinic. Both cases resulted in verdicts of “not guilty.”


October 22, 1981: State of Colorado
January 16, 1985: U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
October 15, 1985: Supreme Court of the United States
August 17, 1990: State of Texas
August 19, 2004: U.S District Court for the Southern District of Texas
October 8, 2004: U.S District Court for the Western District of Texas

1980-1989 Colorado Public Defender’s Office

Experience included preparing cases and jury trials in Denver’s municipal courts, county courts, juvenile courts and district courts. Handled serious felony cases throughout the entire state. Handled numerous high publicity cases. Handled all criminal cases including DUI cases, all juvenile offenses, all felonies, high publicity murders and other felonies.

1989-2010 Oaxaca & Bernal, Attorneys at Law

Handled major civil litigation including products liability cases, railroad litigation, mass tort cases, including lead counsel on lead poison case. Served as co-counsel for Levi Straus in a case that was featured in USA Today. Also served as co-counsel for Contico in a death case.

2010-Present Abelardo P. Bernal, Attorney at Law

Solo practitioner handling and trying all civil and criminal cases in Colorado and Texas in both state and federal courts.

During his 34-year legal career, Mr. Bernal has been featured in various media sources such as the Denver newspapers. He was interviewed by Morly Safer and featured on an episode of “60 Minutes.” He has been interviewed by Allen Berg of KOA Radio.

Mr. Bernal works on commercial claims on a contingency fee basis, which means the client owes nothing until the case is won.