After growing up on military bases in Japan, Bernie Kray served in the United States Air Force as a “Tech Controller” who maintained telecommunication circuits for missile warning systems and intelligence networks from 1993 to 1997. He then entered the private sector, where he provided expert-level technical support on national and international broadband fiber optic networks for a global telecommunications company from 1997 to 2009. During that time, he attended the University College at the University of Denver, where he earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Telecommunications in 2004, and then law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. While attending law school, he worked as a law clerk for the law firm of Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza for one year, a staff writer and then articles editor for the St. Mary’s Law Journal for two years, and a legal research assistant for Professor Chenglin Liu the entire time. He also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Edward C. Prado of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and as an intern for the Criminal Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Bernie obtained his J.D. and graduated number 1 in his law school class in 2011. He was inducted into St. Mary’s distinguished John M. Harlan Society, an honorary organization that recognizes students who have excelled academically and graduate in the top 10% of the class. Once licensed to practice law, he worked at the Hanor Law Firm where he practiced intellectual property law and primarily civil litigation for plaintiffs and defendants involving claims of trademark infringement, copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets, and unfair competition. He joined Allan, Nava & Glander, PLLC as a contract attorney in 2013, where he helps clients with all aspects of civil litigation and appeals in state and federal courts. He primarily works on property insurance cases, personal injury lawsuits, breach of contract cases, commercial disputes, and construction defect cases. He is licensed to practice law in Texas state courts, and he is admitted to practice in the federal courts of the Western District of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Bernie has also worked at St. Mary’s University School of Law as an adjunct professor, teaching legal research and writing to international LL.M students, since the Fall semester of 2012.
St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
Juris Doctor, 2011 (graduated Summa Cum Laude)
University of Denver, University College, Denver, Colorado
Bachelor of Professional Studies, Major: Telecommunications, 2004
Awards and Honors
Federal Bar Association Civil Procedure Award
Lucien B. Campbell Criminal Law Award
St. Mary’s Pro Bono Service Certificate recipient
Published Comment: Respecting the Concept and Limited Liability of a Series LLC in Texas, 42 ST. MARY’S L.J. 501 (2011)
Inducted into the John M. Harlan Society
Prior Work Experience
Qwest Communications, Denver, Colorado, 1997 to 2002; San Antonio, Texas, 2002 to 2009
Senior Technical Support Engineer
United States Air Force, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, 1993 to 1997
Communications-Computer Systems Control Journeyman (“Tech Controller”)