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Bernadette SenyanaBernadette Senyana
Bernadette Samali Senyana
Attorney
60 South Sixth Street
Suite 2700
Minneapolis, MN 55402
P 612.843.5819
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I approach all matters as a trusted advisor aiming to assist clients in realizing their end goals through creative and proactive solutions. 

Bernadette Senyana is an Attorney at Best & Flanagan and a member of the firm’s Business Law practice group. She has always had a strong interest in law and business, and sees herself as a strategic business partner to her clients tasked with helping them achieve and maintain the success they envision for their business.

Bernadette has experience in the legal departments of non-profit and corporate organizations providing guidance and support on a variety of matters including: negotiating and drafting agreements, corporate governance and registration, legal and industry compliance, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, data privacy and protection, private equity, and government contracting. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Bernadette worked in finance for over six years which provided a strong foundation for understanding and advancing business operational and financial objectives. Her combined legal and business experience increases her effectiveness in meeting clients' needs and goals.

Experience
  • Negotiated and drafted a 5-year $2 billion and 3-year $160 million sole-source contract for two different major original equipment manufacturers.
  • Negotiated and drafted five different multi-year general terms agreements for major original equipment manufacturers to speed up contracting for combined $300+ million in business annually.
  • Initiated digital streamlining project for federal acquisition requirements to improve accuracy and efficiency in reviewing government end-use contract requirements.
  • Updated non-profit employee handbook and polices.
  • Drafted and executed three executive employment agreements and various consultant contracts.
  • Conducted U.S. non-profit registration in Tanzania and resolved registration issues in Nigeria.
  • Drafted company's data privacy and protection guidance and policy for use in South Africa and Middle East.
  • Assisted in the drafting of transaction documents related to the merger of two multi-million dollar non-profit organizations.
  • Prepared analysis of possible impact of Dodd Frank on Collateralized Loan Obligations for asset management firm.
Related Practices
Education
Vanderbilt University Law School, 2016, J.D.
University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, 2009, B.Sc. Finance & International Business and B.A. Economics
Admissions
State of Minnesota
State of New York
Language(s)
Luganda
Firm News
Professional Associations
  • Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association - Diversity Council Member since 2018
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
Community Associations
  • MN Volunteer Lawyers Network - Volunteer Lawyer since 2019
  • Ugandan Association, MN (UGAMN) - Youth Director since 2020
After Hours

I like traveling to different states and internationally. I try to make at least one international trip per year. My favorite daily pastime is spending time with my family and friends exploring different parts of the Twin Cities or having quality time indoors. 

Bernadette's Team
P 612.843.5827
P 612.349.5692
P 612.843.5824
P 612.341.9733

Best & Flanagan has an enduring commitment to the communities in which we live and practice. We recognize that we have to be purposeful to achieve real and lasting change. To that end, the firm has made a gift to the Lake Street Council’s “We Love Lake Street” fund in an effort to stand with our community members and invest in healing our city.

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