Bernie Lawrence-Watkins, Esq.2018-09-11T14:53:35+00:00
Bernie Lawrence-Watkins, Esq.
Bernie Lawrence-Watkins, Esq.

Bernie Lawrence-Watkins is a seasoned principal attorney at the law firm of B. Lawrence Watkins & Associates, PC,

concentrating in the areas of Entertainment, Media Technology, Licensing, Copyright, Trademark, Business Transactions,

Litigation and Corporate Formations. Her clients include Grammy®  Award winning music producers, artists and

songwriters, some of who have sold over 10 million units in sales. She also represents major label record executives,

Deejays, independent record labels, managers, music and film/television production companies, screenplay writers, and

clothing designers. Ms. Lawrence-Watkins has over nineteen years of experience in drafting and negotiating complex

agreements ranging from licensing, employment, corporate transactions, to product endorsement and influencer deals on

behalf of entertainment and corporate brands. Ms. Lawrence-Watkins’ sharp negotiating skills have earned her clients

over millions of dollars in advances and residual income. She periodically appears as a guest lecturer and panelist at

colleges, law schools and conferences nationally and internationally.

Moreover, Ms. Lawrence-Watkins is a community activist. In addition to being co-founder of several community based

organizations, in 2007 she co-founded Gather For Good , an annual networking and fundraising event seeking to raise

funds for local nonprofit organizations. From 2009 to 2013, she served as a volunteer lecturer for Literacy Action , a United

Way Organization, and taught grooming and interviewing techniques to adults seeking to re-enter the workforce. In 2012,

she became a STEM community partner/volunteer to TAG-Ed . In 2015, her firm partnered with the Atlanta John Marshall

Law School, and currently provides externship opportunities to law students seeking to learn the practice of Intellectual

Property and Entertainment Law.

In 2007, Ms. Lawrence-Watkins received the Metro Atlanta Community Champion Award  from MADD and was honored

by Rolling Out Magazine as one of Atlanta’s 25 Most Influential Women . In 2009, the Supreme Court of Georgia

appointed her as a Mentor in the Transition into Law Practice Program to assist newly admitted lawyers to the State Bar of

Georgia, and she currently participates as a mentor. During that same year, she also received The Token of Appreciation

Award  from Music in the Metro, a non-profit organization located in Des Moines, Iowa for bringing youth and the music

industry together. In 2012, she was presented the Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Award  by Women of Wealth

Magazine and was honored by ASCAP as one of The Women Behind the Music . In 2014, Ms. Lawrence-Watkins received

the Chairman’s Award  from the Entertainment, Sports & Art Law Section of the National Bar Association. In 2015, she

was honored with an Icon Award by Writing Sessions America – Atlanta, and Rolling Out Magazine honored her as one of

the Top 25 Women of Atlanta for the second time. In 2017, she was featured in Attorney at Law Magazine as one of the

attorneys to watch and in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta.

Ms. Lawrence-Watkins’ past Board affiliations include the United Way-African American Partnership, Smyrna Basketball

Association, Inc., The Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill, and the Black Entertainment Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA)

(2010 through 2017). During the years of 2007 to 2011, Ms. Lawrence-Watkins also served as a local advisory board

member to Branch, Banking and Trust (BB&T). She currently serves on the board of the Center Helping Obesity In

Children End Successfully (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.) and Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA). Throughout the

years, she has served as a member of various organizations, including, but not limited to Atlanta Business League, the

National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences, Women in Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA), the Georgia

Association of Black Women Attorneys, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. American Bar Association, National Bar

Association and the Federal Bar Association.

Ms. Lawrence-Watkins received her Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Howard University and a Juris

Doctorate from the University of Baltimore, School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Georgia in all lower courts

and state and superior courts, the United Stated District Court Northern District of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, and

the Supreme Court of Georgia. Ms. Lawrence-Watkins is the mother of two sons, one in college and the other in high

school.