Kansas City Business Attorney | Swanson Bernard

James H. Bernard, Jr.


James H. Bernard, Jr.


Since the beginning of his legal career in 1976, Jim has focused on a variety of legal areas including real estate, estate planning and non-profit law. His estate planning work includes creation and funding of trusts, preparation of wills and estate plans, titling of assets, estate liquidity issues, powers of attorney and health care directives and related estate planning considerations.

He is involved in negotiating and preparing real estate sales contracts and leases, financing documentation, deeds, closing statements, closing transactions and post-closing follow-up duties. He also conducts non-judicial foreclosure sales and prepares and files mechanic’s liens in several states.

With over 43 years of industry experience, Jim has formed deep, influential connections within the legal field. His commitment to an exceptional client experience is unfaltering, and he approaches each matter with eagerness and enthusiasm. This commitment extends to the Kansas City community through his involvement with several civic organizations, including the National World War One Museum (Liberty Memorial), City of Fountains Foundation, Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America, and the R. A. Long Foundation and Estelle and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation.

Practice Areas


  • Missouri

  • Kansas

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar

  • The Kansas Bar

  • The Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court

  • American Bar Association

  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America

  • Whitney M. Young Award, Boy Scouts of America


  • J.D., Creighton University, 1976

  • B.A., University of Kansas, 1973