BJ Bernstein has practiced law for 35 years in Georgia. She is a 1984 graduate of Emory University with a B.A. in History and 1987 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.
BJ has tried numerous criminal jury trials in both State and Federal Courts in Georgia. She was a former Assistant District Attorney in the Piedmont and Gwinnett Judicial Circuits and then opened her firm in 1995. She also has argued a number of appeals in criminal cases in the State and Federal Appellate Courts. She also has served as counsel in civil litigation matters.
BJ has received numerous awards for her advocacy including the highest award from her alma mater University of Georgia School of Law- the Distinguished Service Scroll Award. John Jay College of Criminal Justice recognized her with the prestigious Justice Award. Congressman John Lewis presented her this honor along with the two other recipients the former President of Ireland and the NYU Brennan Center for Justice. She has also been honored with the Atlanta NAACP Johndelle Johnson Freedom Award, the SCLC Women Drum Major for Justice Award and the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Case of the Year.
B.J. has appeared as legal commentator on national television and radio including CNN, MSNBC, FOX, and NBC. She has held many leadership positions including former Chairman of the Atlanta Judicial Commission, Board of Visitors Member of UGA LAW and former secretary for the Atlanta Committee for CARE.