Donald R. Bernard
A retired U.S. Navy Commander, Donald Bernard dedicated more than two decades to military service, while maintaining the roles of attorney, educator, public servant, and author. Throughout his career, Bernard has pursued a range of projects that promote cross-cultural understanding, and served as a delegate to the inaugural joint international bar conference between the United States and the former Soviet Union, in 1988.
At the beginning of his career in law, Donald Bernard worked as a briefing attorney for the Texas Supreme Court. Early in his professional development, Bernard also served Texas as an Assistant Attorney General. He subsequently devoted over thirty years to private legal practice, first as a partner in the firm of Bernard and Bernard, then as an independent attorney. Bernard earned a law degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Laws.
A committed educator, Donald Bernard spent a decade as part of the faculty of the Southwest School for Real Estate, worked for several years as a Professor of International Law at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and has accepted invitations as a business school guest lecturer. Dedicated to service, Bernard presently serves on the Board of Directors for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, while volunteering concurrently as a Regent of the Board of the non-profit Angeles University Foundation, located in Angeles City, Philippines.
Donald Bernard is the author of a novel entitled Bullion. Bernard also published a scholarly book called Origin of the Special Verdict As Now Practiced In Texas, in addition to writing many professional journal articles throughout his career. A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, Bernard devotes his leisure time to sports, including downhill skiing, hiking, scuba diving, and rafting. In addition, he maintains certification as a licensed commercial pilot and since 2008, has been certified as a volunteer mountain search pilot.