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Bernard Ilkhanoff

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Bernard Ilkhanoff graduated from Frostburg State University with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish (double major) in May 1986. From 1987 to 1991, Mr. Ilkhanoff worked for a major Washington, DC law firm as a Legal Assistant concentrating in corporate-based Immigration Law. Beginning his legal education at Temple University School of Law in 1991, Mr. Ilkhanoff participated in Temple's nationally renowned Trial Advocacy Program, and served as Associate Editor on the Temple University International & Comperative Law Journal. He has also been named in Super Lawyers.

Mr. Ilkhanoff completed summer internships as a law clerk with the Honorable Herbert F. Murray, Senior Judge, United States District Court for the District of Maryland and as a summer associate with Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Law Department.

Mr. Ilkhanoff graduated law school in 1994, and was appointed as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Baltimore's Law Department. One of about 65 attorneys, Mr. Ilkhanoff was assigned to represent the Baltimore Police Department and it's Police Commissioner involving a myriad of legal matters including advice and counsel, defense litigation and administrative prosecutions to name a few. Mr. Ilkhanoff appeared in both state and federal trial and appellate courts where he established a winning record. Several of Mr. Ilkhanoff's cases have been reported in the Maryland appellate courts. Mr. Ilkhanoff is also certified to handle death penalty cases in which he has completed many courses to qualify.

Mr. Ilkhanoff won the Rising Star award in litigation through Super Lawyers, and won the 2011 Jeremiah Sullivan Black Barrister Award. He also was selected as a Susquehanna Valley Select Lawyer for 2014 and 2015 in the field of Criminal Law. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association.

Attorney Bernard Ilkhanoff has played various roles in the York County Bar Association, including:

  • President of the York County Bar Association, January 2016
  • President - Elect of the York County Bar Association in 2015
  • Director of the York County Bar Association, 2012 - 2017
  • Treasurer of the York County Bar Association in 2014

He is also part of the following:

  • York County Bench Bar Association Committee - 2016
  • York County Association Nominating Committee - 2016
  • York County Association Foundation - Co-Chair - 2016
  • Lancaster County Rotary

Attorney Bernard Ilkhanoff has attended:

  • The 2018 Joint Annual Conference PA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on April 26th & 27th, 2018
  • The 2018 DUI and Motor Vehicle Law Summit
  • The 2017 House of Delegates Meeting
  • The 35th Annual Auto Law Seminar in Philadelphia, PA

On a personal note, Mr. Ilkhanoff is married to his law partner, Paula S. Silverstein. His interests include sports, traveling, dining and reading.

Recently, Mr. Ilkhanoff attended both the Reptile Continuing Legal Education conference and York County Bar Association, Bench Bar Conference in which he took the following courses:

  • The Psychology of Inspiration
  • The Psychological Effects of Shared...It's Complicated
  • Using an IPad in your Practice
  • Same Sex Marriage: Impact on Family Law Practice
  • York County Civil Courts Update

Mr. Ilkhanoff has attended the following Certificate of Attendance Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars:

  • "Billy Joel and the Practice of Law," on October 18, 2017
  • "Family Law Mini-Bench Bar - Focus on Divorce and Custody Practice in York County," on October 16, 2017
  • “Changes in Lancaster County Family Law Practice,” at the Lancaster County Bar Association
  • “Round Table Discussion With Custody Conference Officers in Lancaster County,” on August 8, 2017
  • "Public Access Policy," on January 5, 2018

He is constantly looking for the best possible ways to serve his clients. He also attended the following courses at the 50th Annual Conference of County Bar Leaders:

  • Leadership: The Magic of Thought
  • Your Year (s) in Bar Leadership
  • Battles as Adversaries, Not Enemies
  • Bring It On (Again)!
  • Errant Judges: What's A Lawyer to Do?
  • The Magic of Making Disorganization and Inefficiency Disappear

    Client Testimonials

    • “Bernard protected my rights with respect to support and disability. His humor often diffused my anxiety. I knew that his primary concern was my welfare.”

      Former Client

    • “Mr. Ilkhanoff instinctively knew the correct approach to negotiate with the District Attorney's office to meet my objectives. Having the charges withdrawn and the record expunged in exchange for 20 hours of community service was a successful outcome...”

      Former Client

    • “Paula is very knowledgeable and a master of her trade. She was very aggressive in court and passionate about winning. I'm so glad she was on my side! Going through this divorce with Paula reduced a lot of stress and saved me a lot of money.”

      Katie F.

    • “Attorney Silverstein was also compassionate towards my children and I making a most difficult circumstance easier to navigate through.”

      Former Client

    • “The very first moment I met Paula, I knew that she was the attorney I was in search of. All at once, she started preparing things for me on my behalf and on short notice.”

      M. Usher

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