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Dedicated Representation in the Detroit Metro Area

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
  • Timothy R. Gilley
    ​Kelly Hough-Breen
  • Of Counsel
  • Newton B. Bernstein
  • William W. Watkinson
  • Harvey M. Howitt
  • James J. Bernstein
  • 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
3rd 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.

Timothy R. Gilley

Timothy R. Gilley was admitted to practice law in 2010. Following his admission to the State Bar of Michigan, he worked for two years at a large Plaintiff’s firm that specialized in first party automobile No-Fault benefits claims and third party automobile negligence claims. He joined the firm of Bernstein & Bernstein in June of 2012 and has continued focusing his practice on both first and third automobile accident claims, as well as expanding his practice to include premises liability, dog bite and landlord-tenant claims.
Mr. Gilley graduated second in his class from De La Salle Collegiate High School (Class of 2003) in Warren, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in both Political Science and Psychology (Class of 2007). He was also a member of three academic honors societies upon completion of his undergraduate degree. He graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Law in 2010, where he ranked in the top 5% of his graduating class of over 300 students and was an associate editor for the Michigan State Law Review.
When away from the courtroom and his office, Mr. Gilley enjoys spending time with family, friends, and pets. He is an avid fan of the University of Michigan football and basketball teams, as well as the Detroit Tigers.

Kelly Hough-Breen

Kelly Hough-Breen represents her clients in workers’ compensation, personal injury and disability matters. She is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University. She then attended Wayne State University Law School, earning her Juris Doctor degree in 2002. While in law school, she was a Litigation Supervisor and Board Member for the Free Legal Aid Clinic, assisting residents of Wayne County in family and juvenile law matters. In her last year of law school, Kelly also served as a Board Member for the Student Trial Advocacy Program.
Prior to joining Bernstein & Bernstein, Kelly spent over a decade practicing insurance defense, primarily in workers’ compensation and automobile no-fault law. During this time, she represented large employers, insurance companies and third party administrators in a wide range of simple to highly complex cases.
Kelly’s experience in defending insurance and disability claims gives her a unique perspective. While building a case, she is able to anticipate potential pitfalls and proactively advise her clients. She has valuable insight on how to negotiate with insurance companies.
In addition to practicing law, Kelly has played and coached soccer in the Detroit area for many years. She when is not enjoying time with her two children and husband, you can often find her watching Michigan State or any Detroit Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, or Pistons games.

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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