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Mark Bernstein was born in York, Pa., grew up in the area, and attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning an undergraduate degree with a major in history. He served in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Korea during the last months of the war, having been trained in psychological operations. He discusses attending Yale Law School and practicing as a litigation attorney in Charlotte. He reflects on notable cases during his time in a large firm, including General Motors v. Walden Buick (an antitrust case) and a case in which Chase Manhattan Bank was defendant. He describes founding Haynes & Bernstein at the beginning of the 1960s and later joining another large Charlotte firm with Joe Grier, Francis Parker, and Bill Poe. He concludes by describing spearheading many community improvements in the arts and music, including the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and the Charlotte Symphony.

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