Kent S. Bernard
Fordham University School of Law
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Professional ExperienceKent Bernard brings a unique perspective to antitrust, healthcare and the interplay between U.S. and other competition law regimes, topics on which he has practiced, spoken and written.
After starting his career in a law firm, Mr. Bernard moved in house in 1978. From 1980 until 2008 he held a series of increasingly responsible in-house legal positions at Pfizer Inc., retiring as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel and Deputy Managing Partner of the Pfizer Legal Division.
Mr. Bernard’s responsibilities ranged widely, from helping to acquire and then being the General Counsel of Schneider Medintag, a maker of sophisticated interventional cardiology devices that grew to become the most profitable company within the Pfizer Medical Devices group, to working on matters across the parent company spectrum including:
Planning, structuring and implementing worldwide antitrust and competition law clearances for some of the largest acquisitions in the pharmaceutical industry;
Establishing direct relations with competition authorities in the U.S., the EU, and elsewhere; setting up a worldwide network of law firms; providing and coordinating worldwide legal support for marketing and other programs.
Responding to U.S. and foreign government investigations; running major antitrust cases;
Setting up and running an outreach program to the U.S. State Attorneys General. Also working with Government Affairs personnel on Federal legislative matters;
1980 – 2008 Pfizer Inc. , New York, NY
1978- 1980 William H. Rorer, Inc., Fort Washington, PA
1975 – 1978 Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, Philadelphia, PA
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1975, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
Colgate University, B.A., 1972, cum laude, high honors in philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa.