Bert Jennings joined Bechtel Corporation as Senior Counsel, Head of Intellectual Property (IP) in 2012, where he is charge with handling intellectual property issues for all of Bechtel Corporation. His previous 20 years of experiences include: Private Practice with his own firm, Jennings Law Group, P.L.L.C.; Executive Director of Intellectual Property and Corporate Development with AT&T; Halliburton Company as IP Counsel of Digital Consulting and Software Licensing; Landmark Graphics Corporation as Chief IP Counsel; U.S. Patent & Trademark Office as a Patent Examiner; Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley, L.L.P. in Atlanta, Georgia, as an Associate; and International Business Machines/NASA Johnson Space Center as an applications/requirements analyst for the Space Shuttle software system. Along with lecturing for various organizations, he is an author; adjunct professor of IP Law, Patent Law and Licensing, Thurgood Marshall School of Law; and past graduate professor of software applications and development at Clark-Atlanta University.
Bert is active in the local bar community having held various positions in many organizations. He is civically involved with the community, as well. He is currently Chairman of the Board and Immediate Past President of the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston, Inc. (a chapter of the 100 Black Men of America), and has also served as Vice President of Laws/General Counsel, and Vice President of Operations. He is also an alumnus of Leadership Houston and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Bert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Morehouse College; a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Clark-Atlanta University; a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Georgia State University, College of Law; and a Master of Laws degree in Intellectual Property from Franklin Pierce Law Center. Bert is also a Doctor of Philosophy degree candidate at Texas A&M University, where he studies Human Resource Development. Bert further received a Certificate of Study from Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, where he studied International/Comparative Commercial Arbitration/Mediation. He is registered to practice before the USPTO, State Bar of Texas, the District of Columbia and the United States Supreme Court.
He resides in Pearland with wife Phashetha (Allen), daughter Kendallyn, and son Bert IV.