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Inga Bernstein
  • Criminal Law, Employment Law, Civil Rights...
  • Massachusetts
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Inga Bernstein represents individuals in employment and criminal defense cases. She is an experienced trial lawyer who fights for every client, winning and favorably resolving many cases over her two decades as an attorney.

Criminal defense has been a centerpiece of Inga’s career since she first began to practice law. Her criminal practice covers the spectrum from state district court to the U.S. Supreme Court. In her criminal practice, Inga holds the government’s feet to the fire: she makes sure the government bears its burden of both proving its case and of demonstrating that the police and other law enforcement did not violate her client’s constitutional rights, all while presenting as smart and effective a defense as possible.

Inga has a distinguished history of success in employment cases and has been repeatedly recognized by her peers for her outstanding representation of clients. Inga is a committed and effective advocate for employees seeking to vindicate their rights in the workplace.

Inga has represented clients in race, gender (including pay equity, promotion and pregnancy-related matters), sexual orientation, sexual harassment, disability (including disability retirement, ADA, FMLA, and reasonable accommodation cases), age, and national origin discrimination cases and related retaliation matters. She represents clients at administrative agencies including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) where she has tried a number of cases through public hearing (administrative trial).

Inga has represented numerous faculty members, administrators and academic researchers in disputes with local colleges and universities including those related to tenure, promotion and discipline. Inga has also represented governmental employees asserting First Amendment free speech claims.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights
  • DUI & DWI
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts
1st Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
- Current
Clerk
Hon. Douglas P. Woodlock, U.S. District Court, District Of Massachusetts
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Education
Harvard Law School
J.D. (1994)
Honors: cum laude
Wellesley College
B.A. (1984)
Honors: magna cum laude
Awards
Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Individuals and Criminal Defense
Best Lawyers in America
Super Lawyer
Massachusetts Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense and Employment Law
Best Lawyers
AV Preeminent Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
Lawyer of the Year - Boston Employment Lawyers - Individuals
Best Lawyers
Winner in Civil Rights - Massachusetts, USA
Corporate LiveWire Global Awards
Lawyer of the Year - Civil Law - Boston, Massachusetts
Corporate LiveWire Global Awards
Top 50 Women "Super Lawyers"
Massachuestts Super Lawyers
One of Five "Up and Coming Lawyers"
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Professional Associations
Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association
Member
Current
Activities: Vice President 2012-2014
Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar
Member
Current
Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
Member
Current
National Employment Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
Boston Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Labor and Employment Law Section Steering Committee 2008-2009
MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
Practice Tips for Opening Statements
MCLE
Recent Cases Interpreting the Family Medical Leave Act
MCLE Employment Law Conference
Speaking Engagements
Effective Opening Statements, Employment Law Trial Skils: The John C. Sikorski Master Class - Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
2009
Effectively Using & Excluding Evidence in Employment Cases, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
2010
Effective Courtroom Advocacy in Employment Cases, 33rd Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference - Massachusetts Bar Association
2012
Learn How to Protect Yourself from Employment Discrimination, Black Law Students' Association Member Meeting - Harvard Law School
2012
View from the Trenches: Trial of Kiely v. Teradyne, Frank J. Murray Inn of Court
2012
Proving and Valuing Damages in Employment Cases, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
2014
Questions to the Judicial Panelists on Issues of Interest to the Bar, Federal Judicial Forum - Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
2015
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Contact & Map
Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP
65A Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110
USA
Telephone: (617) 742-6020
Fax: (617) 742-3269