Attorney, President and CEO
Bernie Lawrence-Watkins was born to hardworking Caribbean immigrants who came to the United States to provide a better life for their children. Observing her parents caring for their eight children, Lawrence-Watkins was motivated to show her appreciation by living a purposeful life. She has no doubt made her parents proud, as she is an exceptional attorney and the president and CEO of B. Lawrence-Watkins & Associates PC.
At Lawrence-Watkins’ transactional ﬁrm, she and her team represent clients from the entertainment and business industries. The ﬁ rm prides itself on helping clients “think and grow bigger by setting up the proper foundation that will allow them to succeed as an entertainer and business owner.”
Lawrence-Watkins has represented top record executives, producers and songwriters who have worked with platinum-selling artists such as Beyoncé, Luther Vandross, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber. She obviously has a lot of power and connections in the law and entertainment industry, but she says that power is best used to change lives on a community level.
“A powerful woman is a woman of inﬂuence,” Lawrence-Watkins declares. “She selﬂessly offers guidance to those seeking her assistance. Most importantly, a powerful woman gives back to her community.”
And Lawrence-Watkins does just that. In 2007, she co-founded Gather for Good, an annual fundraiser dedicated to local nonproﬁts. She also co-founded the Black Women in Entertainment Law Foundation, which assists women of color who work in the legal entertainment industry with net-working. She also does volunteer work for several organizations.