BEZALEL A. STERN
Senior Associate
(202) 342-8422 (202) 342-8422
BEZALEL A. STERN Senior Associate
Bezalel Stern’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, including litigation regarding complex business disputes, real estate and employment matters, and animal law.  Bezalel also advises and represents internet start-ups in employment and litigation matters, with a focus on cost-effective, long-term solutions.

Bezalel has represented a diverse array of clients in a wide variety of matters, including litigation stemming from alleged employer or employee misconduct, disputes related to literary rights, litigation and enforcement proceedings in the communications industry, and internal investigations.  Additionally, Bezalel has represented real estate interests in negotiating and litigating commercial and multifamily residential transactions.

A Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” Bezalel is consistently able to analyze, identify and empathize with each client’s position.  He is dedicated to balancing costs versus results when it comes to dispute resolution, and has a keen understanding of the business implications of the legal process.
Bezalel remains ever-mindful of maximizing his client’s legal expenses, always thinking about each client’s position and the impact a given approach will have on their bottom line.  An outstanding written and oral advocate who is valued for clear and concise arguments, Bezalel is most appreciated by clients and colleagues alike for his resolute work ethic and unwavering optimism.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Bezalel served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  Before his clerkship, Bezalel was an associate in the New York office of a major global law firm.

 
Successfully represented Fannie Mae in defending against purported whistleblower claims on the district and appellate court levels. Herron v. Fannie Mae, 861 F.3d 160 (D.C. Cir. 2017); 2016 WL 1177918 (D.D.C. 2016). Following these consecutive wins, District Court awarded our client $43,000 in costs for having to defend against the purported whistleblower's claims. 2018 WL 1036358 (D.D.C. 2018).

Steigerwald v. Commissioner of Social Security, 2018 WL 454400 (N.D. Ohio 2018)
Lead associate on litigation team which had filed a class action Complaint against the Social Security Administration. Successfully defeated the Social Security Administration’s 12(b)(1) Motion to Dismiss.

Represented global company in internal investigation regarding potential multi-million dollar defect in commercial property, drafting comprehensive report on the matter, and concluding the matter to the client’s satisfaction.

Doe v. Alternative Medicine Maryland, LLC, 455 Md. 377 (Md. 2017)
Lead associate on successful appeal before Maryland Court of Appeals, reversing the trial court and granting client the right to intervene in case.

Levin Family Limited Partnership v. Greenberg Family Limited Partnership, 2016 WL 7491511 (Md. Cir. Ct. 2016)
Lead associate and second chair in trial team representing limited partnership with a fifty percent ownership in a limited liability company owning substantial real property in suburban Maryland. After a bench trial in Montgomery County, Maryland, Business and Technology Court, successfully prevented the LLC from being judicially dissolved.

Lead attorney representing internet start-up who was allegedly hacked by a competitor. Obtained favorable settlement shortly following filing of Complaint in federal court.

Lead Kelley Drye associate representing telecommunications provider in litigation with ILEC regarding payment of fees. After prevailing on crucial claims before trial, case reached favorable settlement.

 
Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Washington D.C. "Rising Star," 2017-2018.
 
American Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Florida Bar Animal Law Section
 

About

Bezalel Stern’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, including litigation regarding complex business disputes, real estate and employment matters, and animal law.  Bezalel also advises and represents internet start-ups in employment and litigation matters, with a focus on cost-effective, long-term solutions.

Bezalel has represented a diverse array of clients in a wide variety of matters, including litigation stemming from alleged employer or employee misconduct, disputes related to literary rights, litigation and enforcement proceedings in the communications industry, and internal investigations.  Additionally, Bezalel has represented real estate interests in negotiating and litigating commercial and multifamily residential transactions.

A Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” Bezalel is consistently able to analyze, identify and empathize with each client’s position.  He is dedicated to balancing costs versus results when it comes to dispute resolution, and has a keen understanding of the business implications of the legal process.
Bezalel remains ever-mindful of maximizing his client’s legal expenses, always thinking about each client’s position and the impact a given approach will have on their bottom line.  An outstanding written and oral advocate who is valued for clear and concise arguments, Bezalel is most appreciated by clients and colleagues alike for his resolute work ethic and unwavering optimism.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Bezalel served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  Before his clerkship, Bezalel was an associate in the New York office of a major global law firm.

 

Experience

Successfully represented Fannie Mae in defending against purported whistleblower claims on the district and appellate court levels. Herron v. Fannie Mae, 861 F.3d 160 (D.C. Cir. 2017); 2016 WL 1177918 (D.D.C. 2016). Following these consecutive wins, District Court awarded our client $43,000 in costs for having to defend against the purported whistleblower's claims. 2018 WL 1036358 (D.D.C. 2018).

Steigerwald v. Commissioner of Social Security, 2018 WL 454400 (N.D. Ohio 2018)
Lead associate on litigation team which had filed a class action Complaint against the Social Security Administration. Successfully defeated the Social Security Administration’s 12(b)(1) Motion to Dismiss.

Represented global company in internal investigation regarding potential multi-million dollar defect in commercial property, drafting comprehensive report on the matter, and concluding the matter to the client’s satisfaction.

Doe v. Alternative Medicine Maryland, LLC, 455 Md. 377 (Md. 2017)
Lead associate on successful appeal before Maryland Court of Appeals, reversing the trial court and granting client the right to intervene in case.

Levin Family Limited Partnership v. Greenberg Family Limited Partnership, 2016 WL 7491511 (Md. Cir. Ct. 2016)
Lead associate and second chair in trial team representing limited partnership with a fifty percent ownership in a limited liability company owning substantial real property in suburban Maryland. After a bench trial in Montgomery County, Maryland, Business and Technology Court, successfully prevented the LLC from being judicially dissolved.

Lead attorney representing internet start-up who was allegedly hacked by a competitor. Obtained favorable settlement shortly following filing of Complaint in federal court.

Lead Kelley Drye associate representing telecommunications provider in litigation with ILEC regarding payment of fees. After prevailing on crucial claims before trial, case reached favorable settlement.

 

Honors

Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Washington D.C. "Rising Star," 2017-2018.
 

Memberships

American Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Florida Bar Animal Law Section