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Bernard D. Walter

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Bernard Walter is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum limited to attorneys who have won jury verdicts of more than $1,000,000. Also, he is listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers AV, "the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards. The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation has awarded Bernard its Pro Bono Publico Certificate of Achievement.

He founded the legal side of the Free Back Mountain Medical/Legal Clinic called Doctors and Lawyers at Your Service. This is a place where 6 dedicated attorneys and several outstanding physicians serve the needs of the Friday evening visitors with the help of nurses and reception volunteers.

Bernard Walter also founded and is the current co-chairman of the Elder Law Committee of the Luzerne County Bar Association. This committee focuses on anticipating and meeting the needs of the County's enormous percentage of elderly residents, second only nationwide to Wade County in Florida.

Service is delivered both directly to elders and their families and indirectly by educating attorneys about changing laws, high risk factors, and available resources to enhance their ability to meet the needs of their elderly clients at modest costs.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 30%
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  2. Estate Planning: 30%
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  3. Probate: 30%
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  4. Business: 5%
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  5. Corporate & Incorporation: 5%
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Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

1674 N Memorial Hwy
Shavertown, PA, 18708-1498


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyer2011
Top Attorneys in PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia Magazine2011
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Industry Advocate of the YearBuilding Industry Association of Northeastern PA2008
Best Attorney of the Back MountainDallas Post Newspaper2008
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Housing Advocate AwardBuilding Industry Association of Northeastern PA2007
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Certificate of AppreciationAlzheimer's Association of Pennsylvania2004
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
Pro Bono Publico Certificate of AchievementPennsylvania Bar Foundation2002
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
Certificate of AppreciationCouncil of Indian Nations2001
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
Member who won jury verdict over $1,000,000Million Dollar Advocates Forum1986
ListedWho's Who Legal1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding AttorneyFree Back Mountain Medical/Legal Clinic, St. Therese's Parrish1996 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Bernard Walter1978 - Present
General CounselGeneration to Generation, Inc.2006 - 2013
Founder and ChairmanElder Law Committee2000 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Harveys Lake Protective AssociationMember2009 - Present
State Bar of NevadaMember1995 - 2015
State Bar of PennsylvaniaMember1994 - Present
Luzerne County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1978 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Celebrity Press Publishing"Dare to Succeed" co author with Jack Canfield2013
National Business InstituteDrafting Effective Wills & Trusts2006
California Bar Association MagazineCalifornia's New Obscenity Law1982
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Oomito School of Traditional Japanese ArtsTraditional Japanese Arts, Buddhism and ShintoismCertificate of Completion1981
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Antioch CollegePhilosophy/Asian StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Dreux High School, Dreux, FrancePhilosophyDiploma1964
St. Julian's School, Carcavelos, PortugalGeneral Certificate of EducationCambridge University 7 "O" level awards1963
University of California - BerkeleyPre-MedicineNot CompletedN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Kings College Medical & Legal CLE ProgramLegalization of Marijuana?2015
Dallas High School Introduction to the Career Awareness ProgramMaking Education Relevant to High School Students2013
Bench Bar Seminar and CLE Training Programs for attorneysCLE Trainings in Elder Law2006
Stanford University Debate with Margo St.JamesProstitution, A Victimless Crime?1983