William Bernhardt (b. 1960), a former attorney, is a bestselling thriller author. His first success was the publication of Primary Justice (1991), the first novel in the long-running Ben Kincaid series about an idealistic defense attorney. In 1999, Bernhardt founded Bernhardt Books (formerly HAWK Publishing Group) as a way to help boost the careers of struggling young writers. In addition to writing and publishing, Bernhardt teaches writing workshops around the country. He currently lives with his family in Oklahoma.