David F. Bernhardt

Partner • Executive Committee

Direct Dial: 804.697.5127
Direct Fax: 804.697.5144
Email: dbernhardt@fgb.com

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Practice Areas

Business Law
Real Estate

David Bernhardt is Partner and member of the Executive Committee. He is a member of the Firm’s Business Law and Real Estate Practice Groups.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


Outside of the office David enjoys spending time with his wife, Cristin, and their four boys. David also enjoys hiking, running, aviation, backpacking, fitness, and playing guitar. He is an avid ultralight backpacker who enjoys testing his endurance limits on the Appalachian Trail. David has also served as Scoutmaster of Richmond’s Troop 770 for over 5 years, having been an Assistant Scoutmaster since 2012. Some of his favorite experiences include running the Medoc Trail Marathon with his wife, climbing the highest peaks in New England with his sons, and completing the Virginia Triple Crown hike. He also stays busy playing guitar in the Dead Letter Officers, a Richmond-based R.E.M. cover band, and driving School Buses as needed for Henrico County Public Schools. David has been the announcer for the Douglas S. Freeman High School JV and Varsity Lacrosse Teams since 2014.