Fred J. Bernhardt, Jr.


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Fred J. Bernhardt, Jr

Fred Bernhardt is a Partner. He is a member of the Firm’s Business LawEstate Planning and Administration, and Real Estate Practice Groups.


  • U. S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General, Major, 1968 to 1980


  • Estate Planning
    • Planning for family wealth transfers, including such techniques as:
      • Credit shelter trusts
      • Revocable and irrevocable trusts
      • Crummey trusts
      • Family limited liability companies and partnerships
      • Special needs trusts
      • Generation-skipping trusts
      • Charitable remainder trusts
      • Private foundations
      • Qualified personal residence trusts
  • Business Law
    • Advising business clients regarding:
      • Sale and acquisition of assets and stocks
      • Retirement planning
      • Business succession planning
  • Commercial Real Estate
    • Advising commercial developers and others regarding:
      • Acquisition, development and financing of shopping centers, office buildings and mixed use developments
      • Selection of entity for real estate acquisition and development, including tax ramifications
      • Restructuring real estate-based financings


  • Virginia Super Lawyers magazine, “The Top Attorneys in Virginia,” Estate Planning & Probate, 2006, 2007, 2012 – 2018
  • Virginia Business magazine, “Legal Elite,” Taxes/Estates/Trusts, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006; Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law, 2012 – 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory – AV (highest) rating


  • Member
    • Virginia Bar Association
    • Virginia State Bar
    • Richmond Bar Association
    • Trust Administrators Council of Richmond
      • Former President
    • Private Business Study Group of Richmond
    • Estate Planning Council of Richmond


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S., Business, 1965
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1968