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Michael D. Bernard Member

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Education

St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., 1987

American University, M.A., 1981

The University of Texas at San Antonio, B.A., 1979

Michael Bernard has represented governmental entities, public and private corporations and high net-worth individuals facing litigation challenges for over 30 years. His clients span a broad range of industries including government, sports teams and individuals, financial institutions, businesses, organized religions, manufacturing and business leaders. Mr. Bernard's focus includes commercial and labor litigation and public law. His career has encompassed all aspects of state and federal litigation, including civil and criminal trials, arbitration and other forms of alternate dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Dykema, Michael served as the city attorney for the City of San Antonio, a position he held for eight years. In this role, Michael served as the chief legal advisor to city council, city management and all city departments. His office included a team of 58 attorneys that provided complete legal services to the city, providing advice and general counsel on all legal issues and litigation involving San Antonio and its residents. Michael also served as first assistant district attorney for Bexar County, Texas. In his six years as the highest ranking appointed prosecutor, he undertook and supervised investigations and prosecutions of state securities fraud, banking violations and numerous corporate criminal matters and civil enforcement actions. Prior to these positions, Michael established his own firm focusing on federal criminal defense including antitrust, tax, bankruptcy, securities, bribery and other federal enforcement actions and investigations.

In addition to his client representation, Michael is an adjunct professor of law at St. Mary's School of Law where he teaches Trial Advocacy, a part-time position he has held since 2002.

  • Large municipality - Labor negotiation for public safety collective bargaining and associated litigation
  • Large municipality - Multi-million dollar franchise fee dispute with a cable provider
  • Global religious organization - Financial and property dispute resulting in a $2.5 million trial judgment for the conference in Florida
  • Global religious organization - Real estate dispute in El Paso, Texas being heard in state district court
  • Internet retailer - Adversarial action filed by a bankruptcy trustee in Minnesota to recover funds obtained from a multi-billion dollar bankruptcy estate
  • Former NBA All-Star - Fraud action against an investment advisor
  • Former NBA All-Star - Defending former NBA All-Star and current San Antonio Spur broadcaster in a breach of contract action brought by a former talent agent
  • Large Charitable Organization - Multi-million dollar real estate sale and development agreement; provided legal counsel on development and zoning regulations and possible litigation
  • National financial institution - Defending multiple declaratory judgments and injunction suits filed by a global media company against note-holders and Trustees on various debts
  • Texas county - Defended county and a constable in a federal civil rights action which was ultimately dismissed after summary judgment
  • Aircraft manufacturer - Defended in a state wrongful termination dispute