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Martha Bernard

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Biography

As Director of Office Administration, Martha Bernard is responsible for the hiring of administrative staff and paralegals in the downtown Los Angeles office. During office growth, she has also been responsible for opening new offices from Century City to San Francisco and handling all of their recruiting/hiring needs. Martha has held a leadership role in establishing policies and procedures as they relate to all personnel issues. Martha continues to be a valuable resource for attorneys and staff in ensuring that the firm is up-to-date, competitive, and always attracting top talent in all capacities. This is clearly reflected by the longevity among our support staff and vendor relationships.   

Martha previously worked in the banking industry, facilitating the opening of a multinational bank’s first Los Angeles Edge Act corporation. There, Martha was responsible for lease negotiations, liaising between architects and designers, the hiring of all staff, coordinating as well as attending client presentations, seminars and banking industry functions. Martha was also responsible for expanding relationships between international banking institutions, including Banque Nationale de Paris (Paribas), Dai Ichi Kangyo Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, Banamex, and others. Martha joined Allen Matkins in 1985. She continues to be a resource on policies, procedures, and relationships, both within and outside the firm.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Association of Legal Administrators
  • Greater Association of Los Angeles Legal Administrators (Board Member 2005-2006)
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • California Chamber of Commerce
  • Central City Association
  • American Bankers Association (former)
  • U.S.- Mexico Chamber of Commerce (former)

Education

Martha studied political science at California State University, Los Angeles, and also studied at University of California, Los Angeles, and Woodbury University.