Welcome to the Office of Counsel website. Our office provides legal representation for Duke University, Duke University Health System, and Duke Support Corporations and Affiliates. We invite you to view our web pages and let us know how we can be more helpful.

Pamela Bernard
Vice President and General Counsel

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Mission Statement

The Office of Counsel provides timely, professional, practical and ethical advice on a wide range of legal issues, including: academic matters, health care, intellectual property, corporate matters, finance, real estate, taxation, employment, privacy, security and crisis management. We help our clients develop sound legal approaches that anticipate potential problems and address actual ones. We strive to remove obstacles that impede our clients’ goals. We empower our clients with knowledge of the law to enhance sound independent decision-making. We guard our clients’ reputations and financial interests as they seek to positively impact mankind through superior education, research and health care. The Office of Counsel also is responsible for hiring and supervising all persons and firms who render legal advice to the institution, including outside counsel. We accomplish our mission through a highly dedicated staff committed to excellence in every aspect of its service to Duke.