Ken Bernard graduated from the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia School of Law. After distinguishing himself as a Marine Corps Judge Advocate General (JAG), he co-founded Sherrod & Bernard, a law firm dedicated to the seriously injured and their families.
With over 29 years of trial experience, he has professionally handled wrongful death, personal injury, and car accident cases, with million dollar resolutions; has represented 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.
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 formerly 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.
Areas of Practice
- Georgia, 1989
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1989
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1990
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1989