Cantorna family - seated left to right: Gabriella, Elena, Bernie, Margherita, Spot

Cantorna for Centre County District Attorney


Bernie Cantorna for District Attorney stands in front of law books in his office
“I am running for Centre County District Attorney to restore public trust in fair trials and even-handed law enforcement”, said Bernie Cantorna, announcing his campaign.”

Cantorna promised,

Politics will not play any role in my office. If elected, my office will work professionally with law enforcement, judges, lawyers, and courthouse staff. Violent offenders will be prosecuted aggressively, while non-violent first offenders may be channeled into diversion programs and treatment geared toward rehabilitation.”

Bernie Cantorna’s Professional Accomplishments.

Bernie Cantorna is a partner in Bryant & Cantorna, P.C., with more than two and a half decades of experience, 18 years in Centre County. A native of Chicago, he is also a senior staff member at the Trial Lawyer’s College, founded by renowned Wyoming lawyer Gerry Spence. As a senior staff member, Cantorna organizes and teaches graduate level law courses to other lawyers. Prior to moving to Centre County, he was a Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School for five years, after serving as a Wisconsin public defender for three. Cantorna attended the University of Wisconsin Law School where he graduated Cum Laude. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was a Certified Public Accountant with Grant Thornton in Madison, Wisconsin.

Cantorna Family Community Involvement

Cantorna’s wife of 28 years, Margherita, is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Agriculture at Penn State specializing in immunology and microbiology. Her research focuses on the effects of vitamin D on the immune system and diseases such as M.S. and Crohn’s. They have two daughters, Elena and Gabriella, who attended Penn State and are All Americans in women’s rugby. The sisters learned the game from their father, who is head coach of the State College High School Girls’ Rugby team and defensive coach for the National Champion Penn State Women’s Rugby team. In his spare time, Cantorna is also a private pilot.