Donald Ray Bernard’s experience in law includes a Juris Doctor earned at the University of Texas at Austin in 1958. Mr. Bernard took on responsibilities as Briefing Attorney with the Texas Supreme Court from 1958 to 1959, next serving as Assistant Attorney General with the State of Texas. In 1960, he joined the Houston legal practice Bernard & Bernard as Partner, a position he maintained for 20 years. Don Bernard held concurrent responsibilities in the U.S. Armed Forces, initially becoming Navy-commissioned ensign in 1954. He rose through the naval grades to a position as Commander in the Submarine Service prior to his military retirement in 1975.
Mr. Bernard currently manages a number of international business interests that have generated substantial revenue. He co-owns two Argentine enterprises, Estancia Laguna Verde in the vicinity of El Calafate, and Golden Stag Safaris in La Pampa. Catering to an international clientele, Golden Stag Safaris is a ranch stocked with trophy-quality exotic big game. As Vice President of Estancia Laguna Verde, Donald R. Bernard engages in policy level management of a fishing lodge on a southern Patagonian lake. In addition to hosting groups of fly fishing enthusiasts from around the world, the enterprise produces gourmet smoked trout for the Buenos Aires market. Mr. Bernard and his business partners are currently engaged in plans to expand product sales to U.S. and European markets.
An instrument-rated pilot, Don Bernard belongs to the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association and holds certification as a mountain search pilot through Montana Emergency Services. He notably served as an air show pilot with the Confederate Air Force from 1970 to 1980, and he is qualified to pilot 41 different aircraft, including prop, turbo prop, and jet. Donald Ray Bernard is a sponsor of various Montana leadership institute programs and has guest lectured at Montana State University’s College of Business in the past.