With a career as a law professional, naval officer, and entrepreneur that spans the course of almost 60 years, Donald R. Bernard has left a lasting impression in many industries and services throughout the United States and overseas. After earning a B.A. in Pre-Law, an LL.M, and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Bernard began his career as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas before joining the Supreme Court of Texas as a Briefing Attorney. Following his service to the state, Mr. Bernard made Partner at Bernard & Bernard in Houston, where he practiced for 20 years before opening his own private firm.
During his academic career, Don Bernard was also commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. He spent most of his 21-year career in the submarine service and achieved the rank of Commander before retiring in 1975. In addition to his military service, Don Bernard has been an active leader in the civic community. Mr. Bernard served on the Board of Directors for the National Kidney Foundation, Inc.; Port City State Bank; Union Bank; and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston, as well as on the Board of Regents for the Angeles University Foundation in the Philippines. Don Bernard is an experienced pilot; he spent a number of years demonstrating vintage aircraft for the Commemorative Air Force, formerly known as the Confederate Air Force. He continues to volunteer his services as a bush pilot in Montana.
Today, Don Bernard spends much of his time in Argentina; he is co-owner of a big game hunting adventure business in La Pampa province and Chairman and Vice president of a fly fishing resort in the Patagonia region, both of which serve primarily foreign travelers. Mr. Bernard is also developing a market for organically grown rainbow trout in Buenos Aires. Don Bernard’s entrepreneurial vision has led these companies to generate millions of dollars in revenue over the past six years.