Karl Bernard

Karl Bernard

1615 Poydras Street, Suite 101
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 412-9953
Email: info@karlbernardlaw.com


Karl Bernard is the General Manager of Karl Bernard Law, LLC, a law firm that is active in the areas of labor and employment law, general business litigation, civil rights litigation, contractual rights, sports and entertainment law, personal injury law, successions, oil and gas law and non-profit and for-profit business incorporation matters. The firm has successfully litigated matters involving labor and employment rights, defamation, contractual rights, probate matters and criminal law. The firm has also successfully negotiated pay-per-view telecast and other broadcast rights agreements (both domestic and international); life story rights agreements; production agreements; NCAA compliance issues; recording and managerial contracts; event promotional agreements (venue, artist, productions, theatrical, etc.); non-profit and for-profit business incorporation and operational matters; professional player agreements; head coaching agreements, endorsement contracts and licensing agreements.

Karl Bernard recently served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola School of Law and has served in that capacity at Loyola and Tulane University College for nearly 20 years. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Bar for United States District Courts in Louisiana, Colorado, Middle District of Alabama, and Southern District of Texas, and a member of the Bar for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Karl is also a certified National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) instructor in Trial Advocacy Skills. He served as member of the Trial Advocacy Faculty at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center.


Karl is a retired professional football player, formerly with the Detroit Lions, and a retired petroleum engineer, formerly with Marathon Oil Co. With the experiences he has gained from his prior careers and his current endeavors, Karl has and continues to demonstrate a relentless desire to motivate and inspire the members of his community to higher levels of achievement. Accordingly, he has received two Keys to the City of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and one Key to the City of Lafayette, Louisiana, for outstanding community service and citizenship. Karl is an often requested motivational speaker and singer. He has been the keynote speaker for numerous civic organizations and, for nearly 15 years, has conducted pre-game chapel services for numerous NFL and university football teams. Karl has also been the featured soloist for numerous civic groups, several NBA basketball games, the 2015 FCA Allstate Sugar Bowl Prayer Breakfast, 2008 BCS National Championship Prayer Breakfast and the 2002 NFL Super Bowl Bart Star Man of the Year Award ceremony. Karl has been a volunteer at the Veterans Administration Hospital and has served as a volunteer football and baseball coach for area youth organizations. Significantly, while playing with the Lions, Karl was named one of the five Most Talented NFL Players at the 1989 Super Bowl Diet Pepsi Super Bowl Talent Challenge Contest. Furthermore he is an Ordained Deacon and legal counsel for several churches. In addition, Karl served as a member of the board of directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and Loyola Law Schools Alumni Association. He is a member of the National Football League Retired Players Association, and a former member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.