David F. Bernhardt

David F. Bernhardt


1900 One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Direct Dial: 804.697.5127
Direct Fax: 804.697.5144
Email: dbernhardt@fgb.com
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David Bernhardt is a Director of the Firm. He is a member of the Firm’s Business Law and Real Estate Practice Groups.


  • Hampden-Sydney College, B.A., cum laude, Economics, 1992
  • University of Richmond T. C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1995

Work Experience

  • Represents purchasers, sellers, and borrowers in the sale or acquisition of commercial, residential, and mixed-use properties
  • Represents borrowers and lenders in real estate-based lending including acquisition, construction and permanent financings
  • Has formed and represents numerous business entities, including those for professionals, real estate holding companies, distributors, and retailers
  • Represents parties in business, stock and asset sales and acquisitions
  • Has formed condominiums and prepared restrictive covenants and declarations for residential and commercial properties
  • Represents pilots and aircraft owners in FAA enforcement actions, formation of aircraft ownership entities, handling issues relating to registration of aircraft, and drone law

Professional Recognition

  • Virginia Business magazine, "Legal Elite," Young Lawyers, 2004
  • Virginia Business magazine, "Legal Elite," Business Law, 2012, 2017
  • Virginia Business magazine, "Legal Elite," Real Estate/Land Use, 2014 - 2016, 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • “Bridge-the-Gap” Seminar, Real Estate Section, 2007 - 2011
  • “Fundamentals of Real Estate Closings,” 2005 - 2008
  • “Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient,” 2006 - 2008

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • Admitted to practice in the following courts
    • All Virginia state courts
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Member
    • Virginia State Bar
    • Virginia Bar Association
      • Real Estate Section
    • Richmond Bar Association
      • Finance Committee, 2009 to Present
      • Pro Bono Committee, 2007 - 2009
      • Real Estate Section
        • Chair, 2005 - 2006
        • Executive Committee, 2003 - 2007
    • Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
      • Panel Attorney, 2011 to Present
    • International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association