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Bernardo guides clients through all stages of complex commercial litigation, proactive risk assessment on insurance coverage matters and cross-border disputes.

Insurance companies, manufacturers, financial institutions and investors are among the worldwide clients that rely on Bernardo’s counsel. He has handled a range of commercial matters in and out of the courtroom, including:

  • Breach of contract actions
  • Bad faith and fraud claims
  • CERCLA cost recovery actions
  • Declaratory judgment actions
  • Patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation
  • Product liability

Bernardo also has significant experience with international litigation and arbitration, and contributes to a variety of complex matters involving cross-border disputes. Having practiced in the United States and Brazil, clients appreciate Bernardo’s broad international perspective on litigation, arbitration and international trade issues. Bernardo leverages his cross-cultural background to assist clients in Section 337 cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission, and with trade-related regulatory issues such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection audits, penalties, redelivery notices and other agency enforcement activities.




  • American Bar Association Free Legal Answers Pro Bono Leader, 2021
  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2019


  • LL.M., University of Michigan Law School
    • Michigan Grotius Fellow
    • International Arbitration and Insurance Law
  • LL.B., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro


  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • Brazil

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Order of Attorneys of Brazil


  • Portuguese, native
  • Spanish, proficient
Media Mentions | August 14, 2019
The Missouri Bar: MoveMakers & NewsMakers 8/14/19
News Releases | August 01, 2019
Bernardo Zito Porto Joins Husch Blackwell's Kansas City Office

Zito Porto focuses his worldwide practice on all stages of complex commercial litigation and proactive risk assessment on insurance coverage matters.

Outside the Office

A proud University of Michigan alumnus, Bernardo follows Wolverines football and basketball. The sports he enjoys playing himself are soccer and volleyball. And he’s a devoted reader who reboots each night by reading at least a couple of pages, even as he and his wife are busy with two very young children.

Community Leadership
  • International Relations Council of Kansas City (IRCKC)
  • Alumni Association of the University of Michigan

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