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Daniel J. Bernard

Dan Bernard grew up in Detroit, attended Eastern Michigan ​University and then the University of Virginia School of Law, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Practice. In November 2018, he celebrated 36 years of practicing law. The photo to the right shows him on the "Street of Lawyers" in Venice.

Mr. Bernard is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, and the Macomb County Bar Association. He is a past chair of the Civil Procedure Committee of the State Bar of Michigan, and is a member of the Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections. Mr. Bernard is a past Co-Chair for the National Association of College and University Attorneys' Employment Law Section. He is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. Mr. Bernard served on the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and is a Master of the Bench for the American Inns of Court. He has served as a Circuit Court and District Court mediator and on the mediation panel for the Michigan Court of Appeals.

From 1992-1997, Mr. Bernard was Vice President and General Counsel for Wayne State University, where he was responsible for managing all of the University's legal affairs. He practices in the areas of contract and commercial litigation, labor and employment litigation on behalf of public and private sector clients, public sector law, ERISA litigation, and education law. He is listed in American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazines as a Top-Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment.

Mr. Bernard resides in Clinton Township, Michigan with his wife, Lynne, and their children, Tori and Alex.

Bar Admissions:

Michigan, 1982
U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1984
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1982
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2000
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2002
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2009


University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA, 1982
Doctor of Jurisprudence
- American Jurisprudence Award, Trial Practice
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1979
- Major: Economics/Mathematics

Honors and Awards:

Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation
Eastern Michigan University Forensics Hall of Fame, Inducted 2010
Macomb County Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year, 2010, 2012
Eastern Michigan University Outstanding Young Alumnus, 1991

Our Mission

01. Expertise

Litigation is always important, and today it's more complex than ever. Dan provides effective and knowledgeable representation, and his reputation and history of success speak for themselves.

02. Loyalty and Dedication

Litigation is always important, and today it's even more complex. It is critical, therefore, that you are represented by counsel who shares your vision.

03. Respect

Dan approaches every client with a focus on integrity, advocacy, and understanding. From the big stuff -- like his accessibility -- to the little stuff -- like never charging for copies or faxes -- Dan respects his clients and seeks to preserve their resources.