Attorney Tracy A. Bernson formed Bernson Legal, PLLC, after working as a Senior Partner and Managing Attorney of a seacoast law firm.
Attorney Bernson left the medium sized firm to do what she loves best: representing clients, solving client problems, and using unique and alternative methods to tailor a resolution to a client's personal dilemma. Completely dissatisfied with the role of managing people, and not being hands on with her clients, Attorney Bernson opened Bernson Legal, PLLC to bring to Dover that small town lawyer whose doors are open to everyone, regardless of income status, and who individually handles your personal legal problems herself.
Originally trained as a trial attorney, Attorney Bernson focused her practice in litigating a wide variety of issues. Those areas include Complex Litigation, such complicated disputes concerning families, property, and/or businesses; Family Law, which includes divorce, child custody (parenting time and residential responsibility), abuse and neglect, juvenile matters, minor and adult guardianships, and child support matters; Probate Litigation, which includes guardianships, adoptions, inheritance disputes, powers of attorney disputes, trust disputes; Criminal Defense, both felony and misdemeanor offenses, for adults and children; and General Litigation matters, contract matters and professional licensing matters, among many other types of cases.
Today, Attorney Bernson focuses her practice on Family Law. She is committed to using a wide variety of techniques, Mediation, Collaborative Divorce Law, and Litigation, to resolve these highly emotional conflicts. In addition to Family Law, Attorney Bernson represents Criminal Defendants in Domestic Violence related matters, Juveniles who have been charged with crimes, as well as clients who have a broad range of issues that bring them into the Court System for one reason or another.
Attorney Bernson practices in all of New Hampshire's Courts, including the NH Supreme Court. She is a member of the Federal District Court of New Hampshire, and is also admitted to practice in the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a NH Notary Public and a Justice of the Peace. Attorney Bernson is a Child Welfare Law Specialist certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children (one of five private lawyers in the State of New Hampshire to have this certification). She is a NH Board Certified Guardian ad Litem, representing the interests of "little humans", a.k.a. children.
Attorney Bernson is a member of the NH Bar Association, the Charles C. Doe Inns of Court, and the National Association of Counsel for Children. In 2010, Attorney Bernson became the Program Chair of the Charles C. Doe Inns of Court. She is a seven year member of the New Hampshire Bar Association's Ethics Committee, which drafts the Rules of Professional Conduct for all NH lawyers and issues advisory opinions on ethical issues submitted for review by local practitioners. As part of her duties on this committee, Attorney Bernson is available to answer immediate ethical questions for New Hampshire's some 5000 lawyers. Attorney Bernson is a member of the Court Improvement Project's Committee on Representing Parents. She is also a member of the Seacoast Child and Family Services Board of Directors. Finally, she is a former member of the NH Bar New Editorial Board, a publication of the NH Bar Association. In addition to being a member of these organizations, Attorney Bernson also assisted in editing the 2008 NH Practice Handbook chapter on Juvenile Law, published by the NH Bar Association.
Attorney Bernson trained at one of the top 10 trial advocacy programs in the country, at Syracuse University College of Law, from where she graduated with her Juris Doctor degree in 2003. While in law school, Attorney Bernson was a semi-finalist for the annual National Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, focusing on appellate civil rights issues. Additionally, she was a communication consultant for the National Trial Team, and served on the University's Judicial Appeals Board. While a student, Attorney Bernson worked as a Research Assistant for Dean Keith E. Sealing; her assistance culminated in the following articles: PELIGRO! Failure to Warn of a Product's Inherit Risk in Spanish should Constitute a Product Defect, Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review (Fall 2001); Teaching Fundamental Learning Techniques with Moore v. Regents of the University of California, St. Louis University Law Journal (Summer 2002); and 'State Sponsors of Terrorism' Is a Question, Not an Answer: The Terrorism Amendment to the FSIA Makes Less Sense Now Than it Did Before 9/11 Texas International Law Journal (Winter 2003).
Attorney Bernson's legal work experience includes clerking for a Northern District of New York (Syracuse) Judge and New York State Supreme Court Justice, to working as a law clerk for the New York State Attorney General's Civil Litigation office and for the New York State Unified Court System Appellate Division's Mental Hygiene Legal Service, providing legal representation to clients who are in-patient at psychiatric institutions.
Attorney Bernson regularly participates in activities which introduce the legal system to NH's youth. She has served as a judge at both the local and state level for the annual We the People competition, hosted by the Law Related Education Program of the New Hampshire Bar Association. Additionally, she has been a judge for the Annual State Mock Trial competition, which was formerly sponsored by the NH Bar Association. She is the former Assistant Head Coach of the University of New Hampshire's Mock Trial Team. During her tenure as Assistant Head Coach, she led her varsity team to an Honorable Mention award at the National Tournament, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was the first time the team had been to a National Tournament. Attorney Bernson also participates in the NH Bar Association sponsored, "A Lawyer and Judge in Every School" day, speaking to children about the importance of our judicial system.
Attorney Bernson has answered legal questions posed by local citizens in the Bar Association's column A Question of Law, which has been featured in the Concord Monitor and the New Hampshire Union Leader, such as "Employers Do Have a Role in Helping to Keep Workers Safe" featured in the Concord Monitor (October 31, 2004). Additionally, Attorney Bernson has been featured in local articles about pressing consumer issues, including pursuing damages against inept and unethical building contractors. These articles include Regulating Builders: Rising Complaints Spark Efforts to Protect Homeowners and Beware of a Contractor's Uncommonly Low Price, both featured in Foster's Sunday Citizen (January 23, 2005). Finally, Attorney Bernson crafted the first Reduced Fee Program sponsored by a private law firm that provided tiered rates based on a client's ability to pay. This program was featured in the Foster's Daily Democrat (February 7, 2009).
Born in Augusta, Maine, and raised in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Attorney Bernson lives in Dover, NH. A three-year graduate of Londonderry Senior High School, she holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, a Certificate of Advanced Studies (C.A.S.) in Women's Studies from Syracuse University, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Syracuse University, and has completed coursework in English toward an MA, also from Syracuse University. As a former McNair Scholar, Attorney Bernson is a supporter of the UNH McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, a federally funded program which encourages individuals from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to pursue advanced degrees. She loves going to the beach year round, cooking, and playing with her Boston Terrier.