Born to hardworking Caribbean immigrants who came to the United States to provide a better life for their children, Bernie Lawrence-Watkins was motivated to show her appreciation by living a purposeful life. As an exceptional attorney and the president and CEO of B. Lawrence-Watkins & Associates PC, there is no doubt that she is making her parents proud.
At Lawrence-Watkins’ transactional ﬁrm, she and her team represent clients from the entertainment and business industries. The ﬁrm 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 has a lot of power and connections in the law and entertainment industries, 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.
And Lawrence-Watkins does just that. In 2007, she co-founded Gather for Good, an annual fundraiser dedicated to local nonproﬁts. Then, she co-founded the Black Women in Entertainment Law Foundation, which assists women of color who work in the legal entertainment industry with networking.
Gain insight into how she lives her life with purpose below.