“Global Experience, Local Concern, Personal Trust”

Bernard (“Bert”) van Gils has conducted a wide range of business transactions domestically and overseas, for companies conducting business throughout the globe. He has brought his business and legal experience to benefit his local community. Clients of all types, from business executives to new entrepreneurs and estate planning clients, whether needing complex trusts or simple wills, have been impressed by his empathy, warmth, ethics and deep sense of personal trust.

He has experience with business and corporate law, local and international business transactions, education, copyrights, trademarks, non-profits, estate planning and asset protection. He believes one must do good to do well so he has a special place in his heart and business for guiding a variety of non-profit organizations and helping them achieve their mission

Bert also enjoys teaching. He has presented seminars at the Universitas Pakuan in Bogor, Indonesia; Fudan University, Shanghai, China; and Jian Tao University, Shanghai, China. Bert delivered the Keynote Address, Lessons of American Constitutionalism for Europe, at the Second Annual Conference for Redefining Europe in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Bert has been active in his local community by providing his legal, teaching and executive abilities to a variety of organizations.  He is a founding director of the Gloria Faye Dingus Music Alliance which is now building a music and arts center in Old Town Warrenton which will revitalize the area. He was also a founding director and past President of the Warrenton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and a former director of the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce, the Fauquier County Community Action Committee, the Partnership for Warrenton, the Ballet Academy of Warrenton and the Fauquier Regional Technology Association.  At Lord Fairfax College in Warrenton, Virginia, he provided seminars to small business owners for the Small Business Development Program.

Bert received his Juris Doctor in 1986 from the Washington College of Law of  American University in Washington, D.C., where he was an Associate Editor of the inaugural edition of The American University Journal of International Law and Policy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Bert is a member of the Virginia State Bar (admitted to practice, April 1987) and a member of the International Law, Business Law, and Wills, Trusts and Estates sections.