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Kenneth Ray Bernard Jr.

Car accident Attorney at Douglasville, GA

5.0   67 reviews

also known as Ken Bernard

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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1989
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Kenneth

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Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    You never expect to get into an auto accident when driving to work or taking your child to school. However, these are exactly the times when people get into auto accidents. If you get into an auto accident and suffer an injury, it could seriously affect your life. Instead of shouldering the burden of your injuries yourself, consider holding the individual responsible for your injury to account. The Douglasville law firm of Sherrod & Bernard, P.C. will gladly represent your interests.

  2. Government
    Trial lawyer with over 25 years experience handling special matters, civil litigation, and government relations. Experience includes litigation involving injury claims, human resources and employment claims, and insurance claims.

  3. Motorcycle accident
    As any motorcyclist will tell you, riding a motorcycle is a lot of fun. However, it's also considerably more dangerous than driving a typical passenger vehicle. Motorcyclists are not protected by seatbelts, airbags, windshields, and steel roofs, and even relatively small accidents can cause severe injuries. Sherrod & Bernard, P.C. of Douglasville can help ensure that you receive fair compensation after a painful motorcycle accident.

  4. Personal injury
    If you need a Douglasville personal injury lawyer for a car, truck or motorcycle accident, be sure to contact us today to schedule your free consultation. You will meet with our skilled attorneys in our office and begin to dissect the elements of your case. At Sherrod & Bernard, we help good people throughout West Georgia pursue their rights and hold responsible parties accountable for their actions.

  5. Wrongful death
    Have you lost a loved one due to the negligence of others? At Sherrod & Bernard, our Douglasville personal injury lawyers are here to help you get through this difficult time and secure the compensation you deserve for your loss. Let us help you recover from your loss and recover the justice your loved one deserves!


Ken Bernard has professionally handled wrongful death, personal injury, and car accident cases, with million dollar resolutions.   With over 32 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. He served 3 terms 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 former member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia and served on the audit committee (past member judicial evaluations committee).  He is also a member of the Southern 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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Sherrod & Bernard, P.C.
Douglasville Office
8470 Price Avenue
Douglasville, GA, 30134-4531


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  67 customer reviews
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Posted by Kevin | December 16, 2010
Douglas County's Best Personal Injury Lawyer
I strongly recommend Ken Bernard to my customers for any litigation involving personal injury, wrongful death, and car accident cases. He has represented my family for years, and he has always been honest, conscientious and dedicated to his clients. He is client focused and result oriented. Sincerely, Kevin Head
Posted by C.B. | January 17, 2011
One tough lawyer...
Ken Bernard is a honest and hardworking personal injury attorney. He has represented family members and myself in a variety of lawsuits, including insurance claims and auto accidents. I recommend him regularly to friends, business associates, and family. My referrals agree with me on his ability in and out of the courtroom, and rate him a thumbs up.
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Posted by Sheila | March 12, 2019
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Larry & Sheila Massey
Ken took our case when we had two car accidents back to back and I have to say that through all the issues we went through he and his staff were with us through it all. He not only treated us like family. His staff was equally as kind and professional. If we should ever need an attorney again just know I have him on speed dial. Thank you again, Ken, for all you did for us in our time of need.
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Posted by Tracy | December 8, 2018
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Ken Bernard is an excellent Attorney, I highly recommend him!
When my daughter was hit by a drunk driver, my world was turned upside down. I did not know what to do to ensure she received the best care possible while also trying to handle the repercussions, legally, of her accident. But I knew who could. I called Ken Bernard and from that first phone call, Ken and his team went to work on my behalf and handled everything for me so I could focus on my daughter. He helped me put my world back in place. If you are looking for someone you can trust, who will fight for what is best for you, look no further than Ken Bernard. WIthout a doubt, he is the best in his field.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2015
truly grateful
Last September, I was injured in a serious car accident in Cobb County, Georgia. I hired Ken Bernard at the law office of Sherrod & Bernard to handle my accident case. Ken was able to resolve the matter for policy limits from the at-fault party’s insurance carrier. In addition, Ken and his legal team handled my medical bills and health insurance liens. I am truly grateful for their services.
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Posted by Charles | February 2, 2015
I am very happy with the customer service and kindness
I was in my work vehicle when a Dodge Ram failed to obey the traffic control device and struck me. I sustained a fractured sternum as a result of the accident. I contacted Ken Bernard to help me on what to do regarding medical bills, health insurance, and insurance companies. Ken and his legal team assisted me every way they could. We received a great settlement from the insurance carrier and I am very happy with the customer service and kindness I received at Sherrod & Bernard.
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Posted by Kenny | January 30, 2015
Fantastic job!
Mr. Bernard handled my issues in an extremely timely fashion.I was very pleased with the outcome and will not hesitate to refer his services.
Posted by Eddie | January 29, 2015
Ken Bernard was my attorney
Ken Bernard was my attorney for a car accident case. He handled my medical bills, health insurance liens, and property damage claim. I am happy with the end results. Thanks Ken.
Posted by Miyoshi | October 10, 2014
Thank you guys so much!
On Halloween day last year, I was involved in a car accident in Douglas County. I was referred to Ken for guidance on my case. Ken and the legal team at Sherrod & Bernard handled my case with care and professionalism. Hannah Field was amazing throughout this entire process. She was sure to keep me updated on everything going on. I really appreciated working with her. If any was to ever happen again, I would for sure with no doubt return to Sherrod and Bernard. Thank you guys so much!
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Posted by Tiffany | August 11, 2014
I am so glad that I came to Ken Bernard when I got in a car accident. Without medical insurance, it would have been impossible for me to get the injury care I needed without my attorney. I never had to worry about how my case was going because they took care of everything. THANK YOU!
Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2014
I would definitely recommend them
My husband and I were involved in a car accident and came to Sherrod and Bernard for help. Ken Bernard and his paralegal, Hannah Field were wonderful to work with. Hannah kept us up to date with everything and was very helpful and friendly. They got our case settled quickly. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a personal injury lawyer.
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Posted by William | June 19, 2014
tremendous help
I was hurt in a car wreck in Douglasville. I contacted Ken and he was a tremendous help. My medical bills and health insurance liens were reduced by Ken’s hard work and I received a fair check as a result. I recommend Ken and his legal services if you need a lawyer for an accident.
Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2014
best legal representation
The law office of Sherrod & Bernard, PC is one of the most professional and respected firms to work with. I have worked with Kenny Bernard on both personal and business dealings and I can’t think of anybody else that I’d want representing me. Hannah Field (Paralegal) and the office staff are very prompt, caring and above all, professional. They make you feel as though you’re their only client. If you simply want the best legal representation, choose Sherrod & Bernard.
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Posted by Joe | March 21, 2014
very impressed
I was referred to Kenny Bernard by several friends. I was very impressed on how he and his staff member Hannah were so friendly and maintained such a high level of professionalism. Ken and Hannah always responded quicker to my questions much faster than I could ever expect. The case was handled very quickly and would refer them to anyone who needs an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2014
We received a great settlement
In June of 2013, I was involved in a car accident in Alpharetta. The other driver was unlicensed and cited for failure to yield. I contacted Ken Bernard at Sherrod & Bernard for guidance on my case. Ken and his legal team handled my case with the insurance company. We received a great settlement and all my medical bills were paid. Thanks Ken.
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Posted by Ramon | December 30, 2013
Thanks for everything you have done for us.
I was involved in a serious accident in Cobb County, wherein my vehicle was totaled and I sustained injuries. I retained the services of Ken Bernard to help me with the insurance companies, my medical bills, and receive compensation for my pain and suffering. Ken handled my case from beginning to end. He fought hard for me and I greatly appreciate it. I will remember Ken and the law firm of Sherrod & Bernard in the future when I need legal services. Excellence and superb representation. It has been a blessing having you on our side. Thanks for everything you have done for us. God Bless.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2013
outcome was great
I needed a lawyer for my auto accident case and I found the law office of Sherrod & Bernard on Google. Ken Bernard handled my case and the outcome was great. Thank you Ken for the representation.
Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2013
They took all the stress off of us
My vehicle was hit head-on on I-20 where I sustained severe injuries and underwent back surgery. When medical bills began to pile up I was advised to seek legal counsel with Ken Bernard. His assistant, Hannah Field, assured me from the start that I was to concentrate on my recovery and that she and Mr. Bernard would handle everything else, and that they did! Mr. Bernard and Hannah completely took over the case in a professional, yet very personal matter; taking the worry off of us. They kept us informed every step of the way, handled all of the details and told us realistically what to expect in the settlement. Mr. Bernard and Hannah Field got my wife a cash settlement above and beyond what I expected, but what she deserved. They took all the stress off of us by dealing with the at-fault insurance company, medical bills, liens, loss of wages in a most professional but very personal manner. We greatly appreciate all Ken and Hannah did for us and highly recommend their legal team to anyone with a personal injury claim. Thank you Ken and Hannah.
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Posted by Ashton | September 18, 2013
happy with my settlement
I hired Ken and his legal team for my car accident case, as my mother knows Kenny very well. They helped get my medicals paid and money in my pocket. I am happy with my settlement and I will remember Ken in the future.
Posted by Sherrie | September 6, 2013
Thank you.
I was referred to Ken Bernard by a close friend. Ken and his legal team at Sherrod & Bernard handled my car accident case professionally from beginning to end. I recommend his firm if you need guidance after being involved in a car wreck.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Sherrod & Bernard
  • 1992 - Present
  • JAG
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1987 - 1996


  • Leadership Douglas
  • 1993
  • U.S. Naval Justice School
  • 1990
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • U.S. Marine Corps, The Basic School (TBS)
  • 1989
  • U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School
  • 1987
  • University of Georgia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986
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Legal Cases

  • Assisted Living Burn
  • Confidential
  • Rear-end Accident
  • $175,000.00
  • Serious Injury Car Accident
  • Confidential
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  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Board of Governors
  • 2012 - Present
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • West Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Metro Atlanta County Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Douglas County, Ga.
  • County Attorney
  • 2005 - Present
  • Marine Corps Association of Georgia Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Douglas County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals
  • 1990 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • United States District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • 1989 - Present
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • 1989 - Present
  • Superior and State Courts of Georgia
  • 1989 - Present
  • The Georgia Court of Appeals
  • 1989 - Present
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • 1989 - Present
  • Douglas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Executive and Compensation Committee of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of University System of Georgia Board of Regents
  • Chairman
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Health Professions and Education Committee of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents
  • Chairman
  • 2010 - 2011
  • University System of Georgia Foundation, Inc.
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees
  • 2010 - 2013
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Organization and Law Committee of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents
  • Chairman
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Board of Regents, University System of Georgia
  • Regent
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Georgia Regional Transportation Authority
  • Board Member, Vice Chairman
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Governor's Development Council
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Douglas County Board of Education
  • General Counsel
  • 1998 - 2009
  • Chapel Hills Golden K of Kiwanis
  • Founder and Charter Member
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Georgia District of Kiwanis International
  • Past Distinguished Lieutenant Governor, Division 20
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Georgia Council of School Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2009
  • National Association of School Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2009
  • Douglas County Kiwanis Club
  • Past Distinguished President
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Seventh Congressional District Military Academy Review Board
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2003
  • Eagle Club of Douglas County
  • Charter Member
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Marine Corps Association of Georgia Lawyers
  • Past Chairman
  • 1994 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Georgia F. Hixson Fellowship Award
  • Georgia F. Hixson Fellowship
  • 1999
  • Georgia Distinguished Leadership Recipient
  • Kiwanis
  • 1999
  • Circle K International
  • Emory Award
  • 1999
  • Outstanding Kiwanian
  • Kiwanian
  • 1997
  • Outstanding Kiwanian
  • Kiwanian
  • 1996
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • USMC
  • 1992
  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • USMC
  • 1992
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • USMC
  • 1990
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Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Ken Bernard for many years. He is an outstanding trial attorney who focuses his practice on personal injury, car accident, and wrongful death cases. He and his firm are excellent at what they do. I have referred cases to him and he gets great results. I highly endorse Ken Bernard."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kenny is an experienced and well respected lawyer. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ken knows what he is doing and is the one attorney in Douglas County to whom I would refer a friend or family member who needs a personal injury lawyer to take a case to trial. He likes juries, and they like him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kenneth Bernard is an excellent attorney serving the west Georgia and metro area. He has an excellent reputation with his fellow lawyers and judges. Kenneth also is known for his solid commitment to zealous representation of his clients. His military background prepared him well for the tough cases that he takes on. I fully endorse Kenneth Bernard."
Government Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ken is a great attorney who does a tremendous amount to help out the people in his community. He is very respected and any organization or individual should be delighted to call Ken Bernard their attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ken's abilities and reputation far exceed many trial attorneys in the personal injury arena. His quick and honest judgment make his case review skills unparalleled. The interpersonal relationship developed between himself and his client is rare among attorneys. Ken is not only a colleague, but a mentor of mine"
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Of all the attorneys I've ever worked with, Ken Bernard is the most capable, effective, with the best manner, that I've ever known. He was an outstanding mentor, boss and colleague for me in local government law, and has been a friend and colleague since I was in law school at UGA starting in 1997. I would, and do, recommend Ken to anyone looking for a lawyer in any of his practice areas. The best of the best."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Ken on multiple matters in the past 20 years and know him to be a highly competent, skilled litigator."
Education Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer with great enthusiasm. Ken has a keen intellect and a passionate belief in the law. An excellent lawyer and colleague."
Wrongful death Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ken was opposing counsel on a complicated wrongful death matter. He did an outstanding job for his clients. His experience in personal injury and wrongful death claims really made a difference in that case."
Public finance and tax exempt finance Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ken is an excellent advocate for governmental issuers of tax-exempt bonds in Georgia. He understands the needs of his clients and keys in on the important issues involving governmental finance."
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