Daniel R. Bernard was awarded LIBN’s 2019 Leadership in Law Award honoring attorneys associated with a law firm at the level of associate for his professional achievements, legal and business contributions; service to the legal profession and improvement of the legal system through practice innovations, legal scholarship, advancing diversity within the profession, and maintaining and encouraging high standards of ethics; participation in professional associations; volunteer or pro bono public service; and community involvement.
Dan focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, business succession planning, taxation and estate litigation. He is admitted to the New York bar, the New Jersey bar and the Florida bar. Dan’s combination of admission to the New York bar and Florida bar in particular is especially useful to his firm’s snowbird clients, who split their time between New York and Florida.
Dan has presented seminars on estate planning for snowbirds, been a guest on the Law You Should Know radio show and podcast and The Dead Celebrity Podcast, discussing estate planning issues for snowbirds, and has written numerous articles for his firm’s website and newsletter on snowbird specific topics.
He holds an advanced law degree, a Master of Laws in Taxation, from New York University School of Law. Dan received his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, where he served as the Senior Managing Editor of the Rutgers Law Record. After completing law school Dan served a one year clerkship with the Honorable Barbara C. Stolte in the New Jersey Middlesex County Family Court. Prior to law school Dan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Temple University, where he double majored in finance and economics.
Dan has had two legal papers published, one on a topic of professional interest entitled Non-Custodial Parents’ Right to Their Children’s College Records, 40 Rutgers L. Rec. 48 (2012). Dan’s other publication was on a topic of personal interest, the NFL, entitled The NFL’s Stance on Gambling: A Calculated Contradiction, 4 UNLV Gaming L.J. 273 (2013).
He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association the Suffolk County Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association.