Bernardo graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law with Distinction. Bernardo also has received his MBA with Distinction from Marylhurst University. During Law School, Bernardo received the Alan J. Larivee Award for being a compassionate and effective speaker. Bernardo has been admitted in the State of Wisconsin and the Federal Western District of Wisconsin.
After graduating from law school, Bernardo became the Judicial Clerk and Small Claims Mediator for the La Crosse County Circuit Court. He mediated Small Claims Court including all evictions in La Crosse County. While in law school, Bernardo worked as a law clerk for Odland, Fitzgerald, Reynolds & Harbott in Crookston, MN assisting them with civil litigation among other areas of law. Bernardo worked as an independent contractor for Fehr Law Office for over a year and then started WISLawyer LLC. Bernardo focuses his current practice at in business law, civil rights, criminal defense, general litigation, landlord/tenant law, and employment discrimination. He has attended the National Litigation Academy and became an allied attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom a Christian legal rights organization. He is currently the chairperson elect for the Civil Rights and Liberties Section for the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Bernardo was featured in the La Crosse Tribune and Wisconsin Public Radio for his legal cases. Bernardo was a Veterans Court Committee member that helped create the Veterans Court, which assists returning veterans with receiving necessary treatment for combat-related issues and become upstanding citizens in the community. Bernardo has been a frequent speaker on Landlord/Tenant law issues in Wisconsin and was a speaker at the annual Wisconsin Apartment Association conference. Bernardo and his wife ran a successful fundraising program at their local church, which has since been carried on by members. Bernardo also started and ran a moot court team at Luther High School for two years. He continues to be involved in local politics.