Mr. Bernard has been a shareholder at ScottHulse since 1984 and has been certified in Commercial Real Estate by the Texas State Board of Legal Specialization since 1983.
Mr. Bernard advises clients on all aspects of the acquisition, financing, development, construction, leasing, management, and sale of improved and unimproved real property as well as the formation of joint ventures, partnerships, and syndications of real estate projects. Regarding mergers and acquisitions, he represents clients in the buying and selling of privately held companies and divisions, and cross-border U.S./Mexico transactions.
Over the past 40 years, Mr. Bernard has represented clients in the sale or acquisition of privately held companies ranging in size from $2 million to $120 million in enterprise value. The nature of these transactions includes the sale and/or acquisition of assets, stock sales and purchases, and mergers. Many of the acquisitive and dispositive transactions have involved operations in numerous states and countries, particularly transactions that involved maquiladora operations of either the selling or buying company in Mexico.
Mr. Bernard has the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating of AV Preeminent. An AV Preeminent peer rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. He has been frequently named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” as well as a Texas Monthly Magazine “Texas Super Lawyer.”
Prior to joining ScottHulse, Mr. Bernard served in the U.S. Army. After completing the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Schools, he served first as a small unit commander with the 4th Infantry Division, and later as a trial counsel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
Mr. Bernard received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from The United States Military Academy, where he was the Corps’ middle-weight boxing champion. He received a Doctor of Jurisprudence with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was associate editor of the Texas Law Review.
Mr. Bernard is a member of both the El Paso and American Bar Associations.
Except for his military postings, Mr. Bernard is a life-long resident of El Paso and is active in the community. He is a founder and director of Borderplex Realty Trust, a private real estate investment trust formed to acquire, develop and manage real estate in downtown El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Currently a director of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Mr. Bernard is also a former member of the Chamber’s executive committee and has served as its outside general counsel in the past. He is currently a director of the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation and is the immediate past chairman of that Foundation. Mr. Bernard is a past president of the board of directors of St. Clement’s Episcopal School, and a former Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande.