At the federal level, Mr. Bernard is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the United States Tax Court, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Bernard received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Quantitative Emphasis, from the University of Minnesota, a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Indiana University â€“ Bloomington.
Mr. Bernard is a current member of the State Bar of Texas, the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association (HBA), and the Fort Bend County Bar Association. He is active in the HBA’s Probate, Trusts & Estate Section, its Elder Law Committee, of which he is a past co-Chair, and in its County Law Library Committee. Mr. Bernard is an active charter member in the Houston Barrister Inn of the international legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi.
Mr. Bernard is a past member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association. He was a member of the Estates and Trust Law and the Elder Law Sections of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Estate and Gift Tax Study Group of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Estates, Trusts and Elder Law Section of the Howard County (Maryland) Bar Association, and served as a past Chairman of the Howard County Bar Association’s Library Committee. He is a past president of the St. Thomas More Society of Maryland.
Mr. Bernard assists the HBA’s annual Will-A-Thon for eligible senior citizens; the HBA’s Veterans Legal Initiative for qualifying veterans or spouses of deceased veterans in probate, guardianship or tax matters; and the Brazos Bend Guardianship Services to help low-income Fort Bend County families with a way to obtain legal guardianship.
Mr. Bernard is a trained Settlement Conference Facilitator and volunteered to assist the Howard County (Maryland) District Court resolve civil cases in it’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program; he often performed the same function at the request of individual Howard County Circuit Court judges.
Personal & Community Associations
Mr. Bernard is an active aircrew member in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). As Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, CAP supports communities with search and rescue, emergency response, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power. Having started as a cadet while in high school, he now serves the CAP as a corporate Legal Officer, and as both the Communications Officer and Assistant Operations Officer of Hobby Senior Squadron in Houston.
A licensed amateur radio operator, Mr. Bernard is also a member of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) in Harris County, and of the Air Force Military Auxiliary Radio System (AFMARS). ARES members operate organized communication networks for governmental and emergency officials, especially after disasters that damage regular lines of communications. AFMARS provides contingency communications to the Department of Defense and other U.S. Government users in support of national security missions whenever, however and wherever required. Mr. Bernard is also a trained SKYWARNÂ® severe weather spotter, and a member of the Houston Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Mr. Bernard previously served as Treasurer of the Houston Chapter, American Association of Individual Investors (AAII), on the Board of Directors of the Potomac-Patuxent Chapter, Trout Unlimited, and on the Board of Directors of the Village of Owen Brown.
When he finds time, Mr. Bernard also enjoys sailing, fishing and operating radio equipment.