Peter (Pete) C Bernard

Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor

Professional Profile

Peter Bernard is a Senior Vice President and Institutional Client Advisor with Bank of America Private Bank in New York, New York. Peter provides sustained leadership and advice to clients who have sophisticated wealth management needs. He offers more than three decades of direct experience, integrating the insights he has gained from advising a highly accomplished clientele. Clients look to Peter for his ability to streamline complex concepts, communicating them clearly and effectively so that clients can better capitalize on the opportunities at their disposal.

Peter has particular depth addressing the wealth-management needs of senior executives, hedge fund principals, and business owners. He brings deep subject-matter knowledge in trust and estate planning services and philanthropic solutions, having consulted to some of the firm’s most significant relationships. His facility with wealth-transfer structures compounds his value to clients. He is able to synthesize the options at a client’s disposal, providing leadership and direction that are in keeping with a client’s overall legacy intentions. Peter is also adept in facilitating clear communication with a client’s external tax and legal advisors, as appropriate.

Prior to joining Bank of America Private Bank in 2021, Peter served as a Director with Merrill for over 21 years, advising the New York City Private Wealth Management teams on Trust and Estate matters. Earlier in his career, he held tenures with PNC Bank, Wells Fargo, and Summit Bank, gaining fiduciary and brokerage experience. Originally from Maine, Peter earned his B.A. from Assumption College. He spent six years as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, including four years on active duty, serving in both the U.S. and Okinawa, Japan.

Peter is a past member of the New York City and Philadelphia Estate Planning Councils and a former board member of the New Jersey Ballet Company.

Peter and his wife live in Chatham, New Jersey, and have two children and two dogs.


  • Assumption College Worcester, Massachusetts

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