Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, Georgia 1995
B.A. degree in Political Science (Magna Cum Laude)
University of Iowa College of Law
Iowa City, Iowa 1998
Bernard V. Pepukayi, Sr., joined Meriwether and Tharp in 2020 after serving in a number of positions in the public and private sector. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Clark Atlanta University with a degree in Political Science; the University of Iowa College of Law where he served as the Captain of the National Moot Court team and earned Best Advocate in the Van Oosterhout Honorary Moot Court Competition; and completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Bernard served as Chief of Litigation for the City of Atlanta where he managed all litigation and litigation attorneys employed by the City, as well as outside counsel representing the City in various litigation matters. Prior to relocating to Atlanta in 2019, he managed Pepukayi Law - a law boutique focused on the practice of Family, Government and Criminal law. In this practice, he successfully represented clients in divorce, custody, alimony, child support, and petitions for Protection from Abuse. Bernard is a former Attorney for the Delaware House of Representatives, and the former County Attorney for New Castle County government where he managed all employees in the office of law serving as the chief legal advisor to the County Executive, County Council, all departments, boards, commissions and row offices. In addition, Bernard served as a judicial officer for the Family Court of Delaware where he presided over matters involving divorce, temporary custody, child support and protection from abuse. Earlier in his career, he served as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Governor of Delaware, Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware, and Law Clerk to the President Judge of the Superior Court of Delaware.
When Bernard is not practicing law, he enjoys mentoring youth, jogging, lifting weights, watching movies, and spending time with his two sons.