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Ms. Bernstein has active criminal defense and civil litigation practices in both state and federal courts. She was named Best Lawyers' "Lawyer of the Year" for Boston Employment Law - Individuals in both 2015 and 2018. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007 for both criminal defense and employment law, more recently, she has been also been listed for Litigation - Labor and Employment. In 2002 she was awarded the highest possible rating -- AV -- by Martindale-Hubbell and has maintained that rating since that time. She has represented criminal defendants in a a broad range of cases, including sexual assault, OUI, extortion, drug crimes, and murder, and has won multiple million dollar-plus jury verdicts in trials in employment discrimination and retaliation cases. More information about her background and practice is available on her firm website: www.zalkindlaw.com.

Contact & Links


  • 65-A Atlantic Avenue
    Boston, MA 02110


  • Sex: Female


  • Wellesley College, graduated 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • United States, Massachusetts Bar Association

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Employment Law - Individuals

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Employment Law - Individuals, Boston (2018)
  • Employment Law - Individuals, Boston (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Special Focus

  • Employment
  • Individuals
  • Labor


  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer; New England Super Lawyer; Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly "Up and Coming Lawyer" 2003

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Practice Areas

Criminal Defense, Employment Discrimination and Retaliation, First Amendment Rights, Divorce and Child Custody, Juvenile Court Proceedings including Care and Protection and Termination of Parental Rights

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