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Tuesday 18 December 2018
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Melissa P. Bernier, Esq.

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Melissa P. Bernier, Esq., a New York Native of Haitian descent, is the Principal and Managing Attorney of Bernier Legal, LLC, a boutique Entertainment, Fashion and Business Law firm.  Melissa completed her undergraduate studies at New York University and earned her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law.  Melissa is a member of the New York State Bar, The Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, The Metropolitan Black Bar Association and the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, among others.


Since establishing Bernier Legal in 2010, Melissa has worked with numerous musicians, entertainers, designers and entrepreneurs in the pursuit of their endeavors, and has written several articles on entrepreneurship, the music business and the fashion industry for publications such as Amour Creole Magazine, Haitianbeatz.com and most recently The Haitian Times as the publication’s Style Editor.  Melissa lives by the mantra: “The best way to achieve your dreams is to help others achieve theirs.” Additionally, Melissa has enabled Haitian immigrants to successfully navigate the immigration process by providing assistance and counseling to the community at large. Melissa aspires to grow her legal practice, continue to offer leading edge legal services and provide support and assistance to the community. 


The role of a lawyer varies across the legal jurisdictions, and therefore cannot be treated in the most general of terms.  There is nothing general or characterless about Melissa P. Bernier, Esq.  Charismatic, motivated and judicious; founder and principal attorney of Bernier Legal, LLC; Melissa is a proud Haitian descendant who is well on her way to turning her business into a powerhouse force to be reckoned with. “Anything truly worth having is worth fighting for.”
Since the age of four, Melissa recognized that her primary career path was to be a lawyer.  With a Bachelor’s in Politics from New York University and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, Melissa set her sights on assuring that she gained the experience needed to secure her place in the legal pool.
Employed within a myriad of firms specializing in the areas of immigration, family/matrimonial law and criminal defense, Melissa encompasses a passion for helping others.  If by chance her ambition of being an attorney was never to come true, she would continue to see herself in a profession of service, such as a teaching or nursing.  Her desire to aid those in need branches from her own idols in life.  With her “Midas touch,” Oprah has inspired a plethora of fans and has reached seemingly insurmountable heights; Russell Simmons, a true mogul; and Carla Harris, author of “Expect to Win”, taught Melissa to believe in herself, maintain a positive God-fearing attitude and how to come out on top in a male-dominated industry.  Last but certainly not least, her mother, Marie Bernier, who taught her everything she knows and is the pinnacle person she strives to be. Melissa  went on to say that anything and everything good in her cam from her mother. Her mother represents the epitome of strength, intelligence , resourcefulness and goodness.
Melissa’s career path started with the position of Research Editor on the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal; a legal internship at the New York Division of Human Rights; Law clerk at AFSCME District Council 37; Clerk for the Honorable Gregory Carro in New York County Criminal Court; and various Legal Consultant positions for law firms in New York City.  
Melissa has not only kept her knowledge of law in the states, but has traveled abroad during her legal career.  During her years at Hofstra University School of Law, Melissa had the esteemed honor to study abroad under the direction of Justice Antonin Scalia, of the U.S. Supreme Court.  
Currently licensed in New York State, Melissa belongs to widespread bar associations as well as influential entrepreneurial groups:
  • Member of the New York State Bar; New York County Lawyers’ Association; Metropolitan Black Bar Association; Brooklyn Bar Association; Haitian American Lawyers Association
  • Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers’ Association (BESLA); Association of Black Women Attorneys; Black Women in Entertainment Law (BWEL); Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN)
Bernier Legal, LLC is a dream that has manifested into reality.  One thing that Melissa holds true to her heart is the fact that her family is encouraging, especially her parents who are both supportive entrepreneurs in the own right.  They’ve passed on their values, lessons and guidance to their daughter, whose future endeavors are to expand her practice both in size and location in order to pursue her path into entertainment and fashion law, representing top entertainers, designers and artists while still catering to the community at large.
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Melissa P. Bernier Instagram
One of her favorite quote is “Do what you love.  When you love your work, you become the best worker in the world.” – Uri Geller
Melissa’s love for being an attorney comes from the field’s versatility and extensive ability to truly help people.  Most importantly, it allows her to fulfill her life’s purpose.
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Meeting at Melissa’s office – Wall Street, NY

Helping others is a priority for Melissa and she stated that “helping others is the Haitian way”. I couldn’t agree more with that statement because that is a mutual feeling.

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Team Dnalsi Presented the Consulat General  with the Official Shirt of the Republic of Haiti
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Team Dnalsi with the Official “Sak Pase” Shirt
Melissa’s Law Firm proudly represents Chef Nadege Fleurimond, JBeatz, Harmonik, Lux Media, and Jaz Enterprise. In effort to showcase and promote clients Bernier Legal, LLC started a series called Cocktails & Conversations. It’s once a month and features a different notable person in either the entertainment or fashion industry each month. This month, she featured celebrity fashion designer Prajje Jean-Baptiste. 
She will be returning to Haiti early next year to conduct a second music business seminar entitled “Reussir dans le Showbiz au 21e Siècle” (Succeeding in Showbiz in the 21st Century), which teaches developing artists how to break into the entertainment industry. I conduct this seminar alongside Carel Pedre (Radio 1), SAVA PR, and Carl-Fred Behrmann (owner of Baoli Records). Her team has already conducted the first seminar this past July 2014. 
Her biggest challenge and dream is to bring structure to the Haitian music industry. We all love to hear our Haitian musicians we all know that most of  them are struggling but with proper structure anyone with the adequate talent can strive in the Haitian music industry.

We are very proud of you and your accomplishments. Haitian Businesses is profoundly grateful for you to have taking time out to meet with us.