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Clifford D. Dawkins, Jr.

Clifford D. Dawkins, Jr.

Of Counsel



Phone 201-388-4515


Clifford D. Dawkins, Jr. serves as Of Counsel in the New Jersey office of Brooks, Berne & Herndon, PLLC.  His practice focuses on workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling.

While attending law school, Mr. Dawkins was an editor for the Rutgers Race & the Law Review, served as the president of the Student Bar Association, and participated in International Commercial Moot Court competitions in Paris, France and Hong Kong, China.  He worked as an Associate Mediator with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Mr. Dawkins also served as an intern for the Honorable John J. Hoffman, Attorney General for the State of New Jersey.  He served as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.  Mr. Dawkins also was awarded the United States President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award.

Mr. Dawkins received his J.D. from Rutgers Law School-Newark, where he was the recipient of the Garden State Bar Association Scholarship Award, the Wanda Green Endowed Scholarship Award, the Education Pioneers Fellowship, the ABLS Dream Leader Award, and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honors Society.  He received his M.P.P. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey where he was an Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellow, awarded the Edward J. Bloustein Outstanding Student Services Award, and served as the 20th Anniversary Class Speaker.  He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Cornell University, where he was a Cornell Tradition Fellow.

Prior to joining Brooks, Berne & Herndon, Mr. Dawkins was an associate at a national employment and labor firm and clerked for the Honorable Jose L. Fuentes, Presiding Judge for the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.

Bar Admissions

New Jersey, 2015

New York, 2017


U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2016

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2017

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2017

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2017


2020 The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Award & Top 100 Award

2019 Super Lawyers Rising Star Award—Labor & Employment

2019 National Employment Lawyers Council Fellow

2019 The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Award

2019 National Bar Association’s Chairman’s Award

2019 American Bar Association’s Men of Color Project, Innovator Spotlight

Morris County NAACP Master of Ceremony Award 2019

Morris County NAACP Appreciation Award 2018

United States President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award


J.D., Rutgers University, 2015

M.P.P., Rutgers University, 2012

B.S., Cornell University, 2010