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Michael Berger's Resume




Certified Legal Specialist in Bankruptcy Law certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California

Graduated from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina with honors with a B.A. in English in 1978.
Captain of the Debate Team
Chairman, North Carolina Public Interest Research Group
Member, National Honorary Society
Delta Sigma Rho Tau Kappa Alpha

Graduated from the University of California, Hastings with honors with a J.D. in 1981.
Thurston Honor Society
Order of the Coif
Phi Alpha Delta

Work Experience

32 years of experience representing debtors and creditors in all types of bankruptcy proceedings. Attorney with the 50 lawyer Beverly Hills firm Rifkind & Sterling from 1981-1983. Started his own firm in 1983. His clients include doctors, lawyers, dentists, accountants, actors, screen writers, song writers, managers, entrepreneurs, advertising agencies, television stations, lenders, teachers, construction workers, insurance sales people, real estate brokers, real estate developers, real estate investors, film companies, manufacturing companies, construction companies, publishers, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, nightclubs, landlords and tenants.

Served as Judge Pro Tem for the Beverly Hills Municipal Court, an Arbitrator for the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and an Editor of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Journal. Active member of the Beverly Hills Bar Assocation Bankruptcy Section, The Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, The California Bankruptcy Forum, Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys' Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Area Served

I serve the entire Southern California area with the majority of my cases being in the Central District of California downtown Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, and Riverside branch courts.


Running (36 time Marathon finisher with a Boston qualifying personal best time of 3:24:18 set at the St. George Marathon on October 7, 2006), strength training, music, cars, and dogs.






Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Russian, Armenian, Cambodian, Hebrew, Korean

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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 40%
    33 years, 200 cases
  2. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 30%
    33 years, 500 cases
  3. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 30%
    33 years, 2 thousand cases



Hourly ($200-390/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kurt Duane Elkins

    I endorse this lawyer. Michael took the time to explain the process to a client I sent his way. I am glad we called him.


    Kurt Elkins Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Mr. Berger is an experienced attorney who is extremely knowledgeable in his fields of practice.


    Gerard Fierro Child Custody Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

9454 Wilshire Blvd 6th Fl
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212

515 South Flower Street
36th Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90071

6320 Canoga Avenue
15th Floor
Woodland Hills, CA, 91367

11801 Pierce Street,Suite 200
Riverside, CA, 92505

333 City Boulevard West 17th Floor
Orange, CA, 92868




Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Discipline with actual suspension
    issued in CA, 1997


    This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Superb Rated Attorney 10 out of 10AVVO2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Superb Rated Attorney 10 out of 10AVVO2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Phidippides AwardUSATF2013
Volunteer of the YearTrack Club LA2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Certified Specialist - Bankruptcy LawState Bar of California2012
Superb Rated Attorney 10 out of 10Avvo2012
Best California AttorneysBest Lawyers2012
Phidippides AwardUSATF2012
Certified Specialist - Bankruptcy LawState Bar of California2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Phidippides AwardUSATF2011
Certified Specialist - Bankruptcy LawState Bar of California2010
Certified Specialist - Bankruptcy LawState Bar of California2010
Phidippides AwardUSATF2010
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Certified Specialist - Bankruptcy LawState Bar of California2009
Phidippides AwardUSATF2009
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Certified Specialist - Bankruptcy LawState Bar of California2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
Certified Specialist - Bankruptcy LawState Bar of California2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyer2006
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
Certified Specialist - Bankruptcy LawState Bar of California2006
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2003
Most Improved RunnerTrack Club LA2002
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Michael Jay Berger1983 - Present
Associate EditorBeverly Hills Bar Journal1991 - 1996
Associate AttorneyRifkind & Sterling1981 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2010 - Present
California Bankruptcy ForumMember2005 - Present
Los Angeles Bankruptcy ForumMember2005 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteOfficer2005 - Present
Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys AssociationMember2005 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar JournalOfficer1991 - 1996
Beverly Hills Municipal CourtJudge Pro Tem1988 - 1992
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationOfficer1988 - 1992
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1981 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Bankruptcy SectionMember1981 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Managed Care Medical Group, Inc.Plan confirmed, successful reorganization for a medical practice
Edward Akselrod v Hamid ReisiWe won. The Adversary Proceeding filed against our client was dismissed by the Court
Robin Kirstie Nichols v Nasima Naim SharifiWe won. Based on our Motion, the Court Dismissed Plaintiff's Adversary Proceeding for Failure to State a Claim Upon Which Relief Can Be Granted.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Track Club LABoston Marathon, Monday, April 16, 20072007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
UC Hastings COLLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Duke UnivEnglishundergraduate1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Money 101 With Bob McCormickDischarging Taxes In Bankruptcy2013
Money 101 with Bob McCormickBankruptcy and Student Loans2013
Money 101 with Bob McCormackFive Ways To Make Sure Your Bills Don't Drive You Into Bankruptcy2013
Long Beach Town Hall Meeting For Former Students of Silver State HelicoptersThe Proposed Settlement of a Class Action Lawsuit Against Student Loan Xpress2010

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