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Tracy A Bernson

Tracy A Bernson

Practice areas:

Family, Litigation, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

About Me

 Attorney Tracy A. Bernson formed Bernson Legal, PLLC to do what she loves best: representing clients, being in the Courtroom, and using unique and alternative methods to tailor a resolution to a client’s personal dilemma.  Attorney Bernson opened Bernson Legal, PLLC to bring to Dover that small town lawyer whose doors are open to everyone, regardless of income status.

Trained as a trial attorney, Attorney Bernson concentrates her practice in litigating a broad range of issues. Those areas include 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.  She can also help you with your Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

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 two 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, the elderly, and the mentally ill.

Attorney Bernson is a member of the NH Bar Association, the NH Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, 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 six 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.

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.






Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Family: 75%
    12 years
  2. Litigation: 20%
    12 years
  3. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 5%



Hourly ($60-250/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Catherine Tucker

    Tracy is a very knowledgeable and respected family law attorney in New Hampshire. I wouldn't hesitate to refer clients to her for their divorce, parental rights, child support or other family law matters.


    Catherine Tucker Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info



NHAuthorized to practice law200306/23/2010

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Pro Bono Service AwardNew Hampshire Bar Association2011

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner, Managing MemberDover Mediation, LLC2011 - Present
Owner, Managing MemberBernson Legal, PLLC2010 - Present
Managing Partner, Senior PartnerBernson & Burnham, PLLC2007 - 2010


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Inns of Court FoundationMember, Program Awards Committee2012 - 2013
Charles C. Doe Inn of CourtCLE Coordinator2010 - Present
Child and Family Services Seacoast Board of DirectorsN/A2009 - Present
NH Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2004 - Present
NH Bar Association Ethics CommitteeN/A2004 - Present
New Hampshire Bar AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Charles C. Doe Inn of CourtN/A2003 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
In Re Nicholas L.Affirmed
In re C.M & a.Remanded

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Publication NameTitleDate
Practical Skills Handbook for the NH Bar AssociationJuvenile Law2008


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Syracuse UniversityWomen's StudiesC.A.S.1999
University of New HampshireEnglishB.A.1997

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Law Related Education Program of the New Hampshire Bar AssociationWe The People CompetitionN/A