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Bernstein & Bernstein is proud that we count with the expertise of a professional team of attorneys.
  • William W. Watkinson, Jr.
  • Joseph H. Howitt
  • Lenny Segel
  • Mark M. Grayell
  • Lisa M. Watkinson​
  • Ali H. Harajli
  • Of Counsel
  • William W. Watkinson
  • Harvey M. Howitt
  • James J. Bernstein
  • In Memorium
  • Jacob Bernstein (1900-1945)
  • Newton B. Bernstein (1935-2009)

William W. Watkinson, Jr.

William W. Watkinson, Jr. was admitted to practice law in 1995. Since 1995 he has focused on civil litigation and disability law, and currently limits his practice to Workers' Compensation law, Social Security Disability law, Supplemental Security Income law, and other disability claims.
Mr. Watkinson is a graduate of Cranbrook/Kingswood High School (Class of 1988). He attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia, earning a Bachelor's degree in History and Government in 1992. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law (in Cleveland, OH) in 1995. Mr. Watkinson graduated 9th in his law school class of over 200 students, and received the prestigious Order of the Coif for his academic achievements.
He was admitted to practice law in all Courts of the State of Michigan in 1995. Additionally, he has been admitted to practice in all the Federal Courts that have jurisdiction over Michigan cases, including the US District Court (Eastern District of Michigan), the US District Court (Western District of Michigan), the US Circuit Court (6th Circuit), and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Watkinson is a member of the Michigan Bar Association and the Michigan Association For Justice. He also a published author: "Shades of DeShaney" 45 Case West. Res. L. Rev. 1237.

Joseph H. Howitt

Joe Howitt is one of the two partners/owners of Bernstein & Bernstein (along with William W. Watkinson, Jr.). Joe attended college at Western Michigan University where he graduated in 1994 with a B.B.A. in Marketing, a B.A. in French and a Minor in General Business. He graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 1997. Joe then achieved a very high score on the Michigan Bar Examination, automatically passing based upon his results on the multi-state portion of the exam.
Within Joe's first year or two as an attorney, he received numerous favorable results at trial, including a judgment of $225,150.00 following a jury verdict in a trip and fall case where the defendant offered only $5000.00 to settle. Since that time, Joe has continued to handle cases involving significant injuries and damages.
Joe is licensed to practice law in Michigan's state and federal courts as well as the United States Supreme Court. He has achieved successful results following oral argument before the entire bench of the Michigan Supreme Court and has won numerous cases in the Michigan Court of Appeals. He has been interviewed and quoted for multiple front-page articles that have appeared in Michigan Lawyers Weekly magazine. He regularly works as a case evaluator for the Wayne County and Macomb County Circuit Courts. Joe also works as an arbitrator to help resolve civil disputes involving injury and disability claims.
Joe is a member and supporter of the Michigan Association for Justice and a supporter of Justice-PAC. He has been a supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and multiple organizations who work to prevent cruelty to animals.
Joe is extremely fortunate to continue to work alongside his father, Harvey M. Howitt, an excellent trial attorney who formerly was an owner and senior partner of the firm for many years until becoming "of counsel" to the firm in 2005.
Outside of work, Joe has coached the Farmington High School girls' varsity tennis team since 2008 and works with junior tournament players year-round. Joe enjoys weight lifting, tennis, and most sports. He plays the guitar and piano.

Lenny Segel

Lenny Segel has been a practicing attorney in the State of Michigan for almost 28 years. He has also been licensed to practice in the State of Florida for over 25 years. He has been a member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, now known as the Michigan Association for Justice, for all of his career.
Lenny is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. He earned his law degree from the Wayne State University Law School.
A former card carrying member of the Teamster's Union, as well as a former attorney for UAW Local 7 for the Chrysler Jefferson Avenue Plant, he has devoted his practice to the rights of injured workers, primarily involving Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability claims.
His core belief is that all people, no matter how poor, no matter what race, religion, age or ethnic background, have a right to have their voices heard against any Corporation or Government, no matter how powerful. This has led to Lenny taking part in the 20th Anniversary of the Historic 1963 March on Washington, D.C. for jobs, peace and freedom. He has been a member of the Southern Poverty Law Center since 1988. He is a charter member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is a founding sponsor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Project Foundation. He has also worked on the Lawyers Project on Election Day to insure that all voters have a right to have their vote count, and every vote does count.

Mark M. Grayell

Mark M. Grayell has been a practicing attorney in the State of Michigan since 1984. His legal experience consists of practicing law in the areas of General Negligence, Auto Negligence, Products Liability, Michigan No-Fault Act, Civil Rights, Employment Law, Workers' Compensation, Michigan Dram Shop Act, Social Security, Medical Malpractice and Toxic Torts.
A graduate of Birmingham Seaholm High School and Oakland University, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. Mr. Grayell received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University Detroit School of Law.
Mr. Grayell has litigated cases throughout the State of Michigan in the District Courts, Circuit Courts, Appellate Courts, Federal Courts and the Michigan Supreme Court.
Organizational Memberships
State Bar of Michigan
Michigan Association for Justice
Teaching Affiliations
Instructor, American Institute for Paralegal Studies
5th Degree Black Belt (Sensei) Isshinryu Okinawan Karate

Lisa M. Watkinson

Southern Methodist University, B.A. Sociology 1989
Loyola University School of Law, J.D. 1992
Licensed Louisiana 1992, New York 1999 and Michigan 2003
Past 15 years practice in general litigation, mass tort, asbestos defense and social security disability.
Current member of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives) and MI State Bar Social Security Section.

Ali H. Harajli

Ali H. Harajli was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan and graduated from Fordson High School. He then went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn where he graduated with high distinction.  He attended law school at the University of Minnesota Law School, a law school consistently ranked in the top 20 law schools in the nation by the US News and World Report.  
During law school, Mr. Harajli was a part of the Innocence Project of Minnesota. At the Innocence Project, Mr. Harajli passionately fought for the rights of the wrongfully convicted and developed a passion for fighting for the rights of the wrongfully accused and the underprivileged. After law school, Mr. Harajli volunteered at the Washtenaw County Public Defender Office and continued fighting for the rights of the underprivileged. 
Before joining Bernstein and Bernstein, Mr. Harajli worked at Ravid and Associates, where he gained lots of experience in first party automobile No-Fault benefits claims, third party automobile negligence claims, premises liability, dog bite cases, Dram Shop cases, and an array of general negligence claims. Mr. Harajli has also excelled in criminal defense and has fought for the rights of Defendants in Wayne, Washtenaw, Macomb, and Oakland County. 
Mr. Harajli is a very passionate advocate that loves the courtroom and will fight for you to make sure you are treated fairly. He will make sure your rights are protected

Of Counsel

Newton B. Bernstein

  • BBA University of Michigan 1956
  • JD University of Michigan 1959
Admitted to Practice:
  • State of Michigan 1959
  • US District Court 1959
  • US Supreme Court 1963
Bernstein & Bernstein 1960-2005 (Retired)
Long-Time Partner & Owner of Bernstein & Bernstein 1935-2009

William W. Watkinson

  • BA Western Michigan University 1959
  • LLB George Washington University 1962
Admitted to Practice:
  • State of Michigan 1963
  • State of Virginia 1962
Member of the law firm of Bernstein and Bernstein, 1963 to present, Of Counsel since 2005
Specializing in Worker's Compensation and Social Security

Harvey M. Howitt

Admitted to Practice:
  • State of Michigan 1970
  • US Dist. Ct. Eastern District Mich.
  • US Dist. Ct. Western District Mich.
  • US Circuit Court of Appeals (6th Circuit)
  • US Supreme Court
Mr. Howitt is a member of the Michigan Association for Justice.
He has achieved an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell.
Mr. Howitt is a Case Evaluator in Wayne (Best Panel Award 2006-2007), Oakland, Genesee and Macomb Circuit Courts.
Harvey Howitt has obtained numerous jury verdicts and settlements in excess of one million dollars.

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