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Kenneth Ray Bernard Jr.
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Kenneth Ray Bernard Jr.

also known as Ken Bernard

Practice areas:

Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accident, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury, Government

About Me

Ken Bernard has professionally handled wrongful death, personal injury, and car accident cases, with million dollar resolutions.   With over 26 years of trial experience, he is known throughout West Georgia and the state for his involvement in complex injury litigation, including the massive GM recall case involving faulty ignitions.  He also represents local governments and others on special matters, and has served as general counsel to businesses. Ken was involved in the Melton v. GM case, which triggered the GM recall of millions of vehicles over defective ignition switches.


Ken, a University of Georgia graduate, distinguished himself as a Marine Corps Judge Advocate General (JAG).  After leaving the Marines in 1992, he co-founded Sherrod & Bernard, P.C.,  a law firm dedicated to the seriously injured and their families. 


He is a former member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, where he served on the Executive and Compensation Committee; Chairman of the Organization and Law Committee (which oversees the legal affairs of the 31 public universities and colleges in Georgia); Chairman of the Finance and Business Operations Committee; Chairman of the Committee on Internal Audit, Risk, and Compliance; and Chairman of the Health Professions and Education Committee. Recently, he completed his 3rd term as Chairman of the University System of Georgia Foundation, Inc. 


Ken previously served as a Special Assistant Attorney General; Chairman of the Marine Corps Association of Georgia Lawyers; Vice-Chairman of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA), and as a member of the Governor's Development Council (GDC).  He is a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia and serves on the audit committee (past member judicial evaluations committee).  He is also a member of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, Douglas County Bar Association, and a former member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.


He has proudly served in a variety of local civic, charitable and social organizations, where he has received recognition for his efforts on behalf of the community and region. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Government: 20%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 20%
  5. Car Accidents: 20%

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33-40%), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Michael Lawrence Hubbard

    Ken Bernard is a knowledgeable, experienced attorney that consistently obtains strong results. I don't hesitate to refer friends and family to him for all of their civil law needs.

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    Michael Hubbard Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Robert Wesley Starrett

    Kenny is an experienced and well respected lawyer. I highly recommend him.

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    Robert Starrett Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Sherrod & Bernard, P.C.

Douglasville Office
8470 Price Avenue
Douglasville, GA, 30134-4531

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
GAActive Member in Good Standing 198908/22/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Circle K InternationalEmory Award1999
Georgia Distinguished Leadership RecipientKiwanis1999
Georgia F. Hixson Fellowship AwardGeorgia F. Hixson Fellowship1999
Outstanding KiwanianKiwanian1997
Outstanding KiwanianKiwanian1996
Navy Achievement MedalUSMC1992
Meritorious Unit CommendationUSMC1992
National Defense Service MedalUSMC1990

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerSherrod & Bernard1992 - Present
JAGUnited States Marine Corps1987 - 1996

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Executive and Compensation Committee of the University System of Georgia Board of RegentsMember2013 - 2014
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaBoard of Governors2012 - Present
Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of University System of Georgia Board of RegentsChairman2011 - 2012
Health Professions and Education Committee of the University System of Georgia Board of RegentsChairman2010 - 2011
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
University System of Georgia Foundation, Inc.Chairman, Board of Trustees2010 - 2013
National Association of College and University AttorneysMember2008 - 2014
West Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Organization and Law Committee of the University System of Georgia Board of RegentsChairman2008 - 2010
Board of Regents, University System of GeorgiaRegent2007 - 2014
Metro Atlanta County Attorneys AssociationMember2005 - Present
Douglas County, Ga.County Attorney2005 - Present
Governor's Development CouncilMember2003 - 2007
Georgia Regional Transportation AuthorityBoard Member, Vice Chairman2003 - 2007
Douglas County Board of EducationGeneral Counsel1998 - 2009
Chapel Hills Golden K of KiwanisFounder and Charter Member1998 - 1999
Georgia District of Kiwanis InternationalPast Distinguished Lieutenant Governor, Division 201998 - 1999
Georgia Council of School AttorneysMember1998 - 2009
National Association of School AttorneysMember1998 - 2009
Douglas County Kiwanis ClubPast Distinguished President1996 - 1997
Seventh Congressional District Military Academy Review BoardMember1995 - 2003
Eagle Club of Douglas CountyCharter Member1994 - 1995
Marine Corps Association of Georgia LawyersPast Chairman1994 - 1995
Marine Corps Association of Georgia LawyersMember1993 - Present
Douglas County Chamber of CommerceMember1992 - Present
U.S. Court of Military AppealsN/A1990 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1989 - Present
United States District Court Northern District of GeorgiaN/A1989 - Present
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitN/A1989 - Present
Superior and State Courts of GeorgiaN/A1989 - Present
The Georgia Court of AppealsN/A1989 - Present
Supreme Court of GeorgiaN/A1989 - Present
Douglas County Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Serious Injury Car AccidentConfidential
Truck Accident$850,000.00
Car Accident with DUI Hit and Run DriverConfidential

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Sherrod & Bernard (April)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2014
Sherrod & Bernard Quarterly (June)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2013
Sherrod & Bernard Quarterly (March)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2013
Sherrod & Bernard Quarterly (September)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2013
Sherrod & Bernard Quarterly (December)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2013
Sherrod & Bernard Quarterly (May)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2012
Sherrod & Bernard Quarterly (December)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2012
Sherrod & Bernard Quarterly (August)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2012
Sherrod & Bernard Quarterly (February)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2011
Sherrod & Bernard Quarterly (June)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2011
Sherrod & Bernard Quarterly (September)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2011
Sherrod & Bernard Quarterly (December)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2011
Sherrod & Bernard Quarterly (Spring)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2010
Sherrod & Bernard Quarterly (Summer)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2010
Sherrod & Bernard Quarterly (Christmas)Sherrod & Bernard Newsletter2010

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Leadership DouglasN/AN/A1993
U.S. Naval Justice SchoolN/AN/A1990
University of Georgia School of LawN/AJuris Doctor1989
U.S. Marine Corps, The Basic School (TBS)N/AN/A1989
U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate SchoolN/AN/A1987
University of GeorgiaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1986

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Winter CommencementCommencement Speaker2012
Georgia Highlands CollegeCommencement Speaker2012
Fall CommencementCommencement Speaker2012
University of West GeorgiaCommencement Speaker2010
The State of Education in Georgia ConferencePerspective on Higher Education2010