About Our Firm

History of the Bershtein Law Center

The Bershtein Law Center is a family-owned and operated firm that has been serving the Greater New Haven community for generations. The firm’s roots reach back to 1955, when Herman S. Bershtein, a lifelong Hamden resident, saw the people around him struggling to afford adequate legal assistance. After returning from serving our country in World War II, Herman attended law school in hopes of providing members of his community with competent and affordable legal representation. After finishing law school, Herman began practicing law out of his mother’s convenience store at 1188 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden, where the main office still remains, committing himself to helping defend and protect the least powerful citizens of Greater New Haven. 

           When he first started and was building a name for himself, Herman S. Bershtein relentlessly fought for the citizens of Greater New Haven by taking any and all types of cases. Over the years, he has focused his passion in the legal profession on representing victims of personal injury accidents by not only fighting for his clients against conglomerate insurance companies, but by also becoming a pillar of the community by providing emotional support for families enduring extremely difficult circumstances. Further, Herman has also preserved the rights of the members of his community with his expertise in real estate and probate law.

           Herman passed his beliefs on to his children, Richard, Jan, and Joy, as the progression to follow in their father’s footsteps and provide passionate, professional legal representation was a natural one. As the generational trend continues, Herman’s grandson, Marc Cafasso, is compelled to follow his grandfather’s legacy and become a third-generation attorney in the Bershtein Law Center, as he anticipates graduating from law school in May 2021, and returning to the family firm.

           To this day, 95-year-old Herman is still practicing law, and works seven days a week alongside his children, Jan, Richard, and Joy, and his grandson, Marc, hopes to continue his family’s legacy by representing the people of Greater New Haven for decades to come. The Bershtein Law Center has always been, and will forever be, a client-driven law firm committed to the family history of integrity, compassion, excellence when representing our clients. There is no substitute for good old-fashioned hard work, and the attorneys at the Bershtein Law Center will fight tirelessly to protect those without a voice. We want to ensure justice for victims of personal injuries, and are willing to fight for our client’s rights against the wealthiest and largest corporations in order to achieve this goal.

Our Mission

           At the Bershtein Law Center, our personal injury lawyers have made your goals our goals for more than five decades. That means we’ll do everything we can to make sure you have the resources to fully recover from your injuries and be properly compensated for your pain and suffering as quickly as possible.


           We understand the time after an accident can be hectic and stressful, especially now that you’re facing medical bills, lost wages, and other accident expenses including pain and suffering. You shouldn’t have to worry about the cost of a lawyer too. Our firm offers a free consultation and charges NO upfront fees to handle your personal injury or wrongful death case. As a matter of fact, you pay absolutely nothing unless we win for YOU.

           Choosing a personal injury attorney can be overwhelming. But at the end of the day, you just want someone who cares and knows from experience how to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve. At the Bershtein Law Center, our mission is to provide you with special, personalized attention, and the highest quality legal representation to obtain a successful and prompt resolution of your case.

           With well over a combined 100 years’ experience successfully helping accident victims just like you, we have developed a reputation for outstanding results and have won millions of dollars for the clients we have represented over the years. We pride ourselves in obtaining the absolute best result possible for our clients, and are proud on getting victims like you as much money as possible, as quickly as possible. A serious personal injury can be devastating and have long-lasting repercussions, so let our family represent you like one of your own and ensure you don’t settle for a penny less than you deserve.