VICTORIA BERNHARDT RECEIVES 2014 HANSON AWARD
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
McCormick Barstow partner Victoria Bernhardt has received the Twenty-Fifth Annual Pauline Davis Hanson Award at a dinner recently held to honor Justice Hanson and bestow the award. The award was instituted by the Fresno County Women Lawyers and honors an attorney who best exemplifies traits that Justice Hanson lived and encouraged, such as integrity, leadership, and the pursuit of excellence in the legal profession.
Justice Pauline Davis Hanson was born and raised in Selma, near Fresno, and graduated from Stanford Law School. She was appointed to the Fresno County Superior Court in 1977 and was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 1980, where she served until her untimely affliction with cancer in 1987. She was the first woman to serve on either court. She passed away in 1989 and left a legacy of accomplishment, excellence, and courage for all lawyers, especially women. She and her husband, Bill, operated a farm in Selma throughout their lives and never lost their rural roots.
Ms. Bernhardt has been with McCormick Barstow since 2000 and has practiced in the Central Valley since 1991. Her practice emphasizes insurance defense litigation. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics from U.C. San Diego and her law degree from the University of San Diego. In 2013 she was honored as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Fresno County Bar Association for her involvement in Project First Step as an attorney advocate for domestic violence victims. She also is a board member of the Central California Women’s Conference (2011-present) and a past President (2007) of the Fresno County Women Lawyers Association. Ms. Bernhardt speaks frequently to other lawyers on the subject of work-life balance.
The firm is extremely proud of Ms. Bernhardt’s receipt of this prestigious award. Several McCormick Barstow partners and associate attorneys attended the award dinner.