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Bernard is a Member of the Firm whose practice focuses on defense litigation in the areas of medical malpractice, products liability, workplace personal injury (deliberate intent) and mass/toxic tort litigation. He also participates in the Firm’s client-advisory practice. Bernard has extensive experience representing physicians and advanced practice providers, coal mine operators and heavy equipment manufacturers. He is particularly knowledgeable about underground coal mining litigation, having handled many cases arising out of accidents underground and having traveled underground on numerous occasions for machine and site inspections.

Various organizations have recognized Bernard throughout his career. DTCWV named him the 2014 Young Lawyer of the Year, which was the first time the organization bestowed this award. He also is the former Chair of the Medical Liability Committee of that organization and currently is serving a second term as a Member of its Board of Governors. He has been selected as a Rising Star by West Virginia Super Lawyers for multiple consecutive years for Personal Injury Products: Defense and has achieved Recognised Practitioner status through Chambers USA. He has obtained a “BV Distinguished” rating of 4.3 out of 5.0 from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® and in 2017 was honored by The State Journal as one of its Generation Next: 40 Under 40 award winners.

Bernard has lectured and published on legal issues such as admissibility of expert witness testimony, deposition objections, social media and the law office and electronic medical records. He has lectured and published on recent case law developments affecting medical professionals for the West Virginia College of Law sponsored continuing legal education program. He is also co-author of a chapter, entitled “Key Federal Agencies Regulating Pharmaceuticals,” included in the book Pharmaceutical Law: Regulation of Research, Development, and Marketing, which is published by BNA Books in partnership with the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association. He has lectured at DRI’s annual national medical liability conference and been published in its national publication, For The Defense.

Bernard also has served as an Adjunct Instructor for Marshall University in the College of Information Technology and Engineering, Weisberg Division of Engineering, teaching the graduate course EM 694: Engineering Law.

In addition to his professional activities, Bernard is a member of the Board of Advisors for St. Joseph Catholic School, is the Pack Leader for the school’s Cub Scout troop and is a member of the Board of Directors for Brady Steps Charitable Foundation.

Bernard is available to accept representations in West Virginia and Kentucky.

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