The law has been a part of Bernard Nomberg’s life from an early age when, as a boy, he had the pleasure of watching his father, a practicing attorney in Dothan, Alabama, make a real difference in the lives of his clients. After talking with Bernard, we have a feeling his father is proud of the attorney and person he’s become.
Growing up in Alabama, Bernard Nomberg hung around the law office where his father practiced. Even at a young age, Bernard was able to see the positive impact his father had on people’s lives.
“Whether it was a workers’ compensation case, a divorce, or a car accident, dad was able to provide answers to his clients, which, in turn, reassured them that their lives would improve.”
Understanding the power of the law, Bernard enrolled in law school at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama. Although many students were intimidated by law school and resorted to needless squabbles, Bernard took the opportunity to befriend as many classmates as possible.
“I figured our paths would cross again, so I did not want to burn bridges. This has served me very well during my career.”
Following law school, Bernard worked at a large firm but quickly realized he could do more good for his clients in a smaller firm. In 2004, he teamed up with his brother, David Nomberg, and founded Nomberg Law Firm. His practice concentrates on workers’ compensation, Social Security disability and personal injury claims.
Bernard’s days start early and run late, but seeing the improvement in his clients’ lives is more than sufficient fuel.
“The most rewarding part of practicing law is when a client shares with me that I made a positive difference in their life. Sometimes it’s about money or employment stability, but most of the time it’s the communication aspect of reassuring them that things will be okay at the end of the process.”
There is one case in particular that has stuck with him for more than 2 decades. The case involved a serious collision between an 18-wheeler and a car carrying a family of 5. The family members survived, but some were left with lifelong injuries. Bernard was able to help them through that difficult time and remains good friends with all of the family members to this day.
Although Bernard has never once considered leaving the law, there are moments of frustration. Alabama’s workers’ compensation laws haven’t changed much in 35 years, and this means he often has to have difficult conversations with clients about how the law works and what they might be entitled to at the end of their case.
In 2020, Bernard was a recipient of the WILG Rising Star Award. For the past several years, he has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine, a “Top-Rated Attorney” by B-Metro Magazine and a “Top Attorney” by Birmingham Magazine.
Life outside of work
Although Bernard finds that modern technology means you’re never really off the clock, he manages to find some time for hobbies, which include hiking, playing sports, attending sporting events, collecting baseball cards, traveling and—most importantly—spending time with his family.
What potential clients should know
The internet can make searching for an attorney seem overwhelming. With thousands of attorneys to choose from, Bernard stresses the importance of finding an attorney who has experience litigating your specific type of case. Once you’ve done that, read the available reviews and take the time to meet with the attorney before committing.
Nomberg Law offers free initial consultations.
Bonus questions with Bernard Nomberg
Q. If you weren’t practicing law, what would you be doing?
A. I might be a history teacher and baseball coach. History was my major in college at Vanderbilt, and I still enjoy the subject today. Having grown up playing baseball, I’ve been a lifelong fan. Go Braves! I think that both endeavors would be a way to give back to younger generations and keep me very busy!
Q. What is your advice to attorneys entering the workforce?
A. For newly minted attorneys in today’s environment, it’s important to find an area of the law that interests them. While it may take a while for a new attorney to find that area of law, once they find it, they should become the very best in mastering that area of law. People will find out very quickly, and that will benefit the lawyer’s practice.
Q. Do you have a favorite fictional attorney from books, TV or movies?
A. Jack Brigance from John Grisham’s books and Professor Thomas Jackson McMurtrie from Bob Bailey’s books. Also, Denny Crane from Boston Legal and Joe Pesci’s character Vinny Gambini from My Cousin Vinny are quite entertaining.