Bernadette proudly stands with her clients in the fight for civil and human rights.
Years of representing clients accused of some of the most serious crimes in Washington, D.C. gave DiCello Levitt Senior Counsel Bernadette Armand deep experience and insight into the tenuousness of civil and human rights in the U.S. She challenges government officials at all levels, from police officers to politicians, to honor the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of certain inalienable rights for all—especially those harmed when leaders trample on those rights.
Bernadette joined DiCello Levitt after serving as supervising trial attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where she was the lead trial attorney on homicide and other serious felony matters. She called her job of standing with her accused clients in the fight for freedom and their lives “the hardest job I’ve ever loved.” She is currently a member of the firm’s civil and human rights and mass torts groups, as well as DiCello Levitt’s Trial Advocacy Center.
Before joining the Public Defender Service in 2014, Bernadette worked as an attorney at law firms where she focused her practice on representing plaintiffs in federal civil rights, employment discrimination, and personal injury matters.
Her blend of leadership and trial experiences is valuable to clients, colleagues, and aspiring attorneys, so Bernadette shares her knowledge through trainings and teaching. Bernadette previously served as an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Miami School of Law and as an adjunct professor at Barry University.
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida