Colin Bernardino focuses his practice on bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Mr. Bernardino represents committees, creditors, debtors, and trustees in both workouts and bankruptcy proceedings. He frequently represents unsecured creditors committees in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of hospitals as well as holding companies of financial institutions such as insurance companies.

Mr. Bernardino also represents receivers, trustees and other estate fiduciaries in fraud investigations and related litigation. He has counseled clients in all aspects of matters related to Ponzi schemes, including the representation of receivers, defrauded investors, and defendants in claw-back litigation. During his representation of a receiver appointed over a family of investment funds and after a consolidated trial against more than sixty defendants, Mr. Bernardino successfully obtained a determination that the funds had been operated as a Ponzi scheme. This determination was later affirmed on appeal. During his representation of the receiver, Mr. Bernardino has tried more than a dozen claw-back lawsuits and obtained judgments avoiding and recovering fraudulent transfers in each of them.

Professional & Community Activities

W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy Inn of Court, Barrister (2014-2015)

American Bankruptcy Institute, Member

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA), Member

Atlanta Bar Association, Member

The Dartmouth Club of Georgia, President and Alumni Interviewer

Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, Advisory Board Member

Reaffirmation Project, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D. (1999)
    Managing Editor of The Bankruptcy Developments Journal
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., History (1996)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia


  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia — Honorable Wilbur D. Owens, Jr. (Aug 1999-Aug 2001)

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Devoting 100% of my efforts to achieving my clients' goals as well as identifying new opportunities for them.

Suite 2800, 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
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Colin M. Bernardino

Experience Highlights

In re HMC/CAH Consolidated, Inc., et al.

Represented the creditors’ committee in Chapter 11 proceedings pending in the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri. The debtors more

Transactional counsel for TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company
Represented TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company in licensee's work-out, Article 9 purchase of licensee's inventory, and licensee's assignment for benefit more
Representation in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases for domestic textile manufacturer
Represented a domestic textile manufacturer, and its subsidiaries in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. After less than one year in bankruptcy, the more
Pro bono legal services for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Inc.
Represented Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Inc., on a pro bono basis, with regards to its status as a secured creditor in various bankruptcy more