Samuel D. Berns joined the Law Offices of Mark A. Berg after he graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 2010. Mr. Berns' experience ranges from three strikes and murder cases to DUIs and other misdemeanors and anything in between, including defending cases involving allegations of possession and sales of marijuana and other drugs, theft, burglary, assault, securities fraud, fish and game violations, and diverse array of other cases; he has also represented attorneys charged with crimes on a number of occasions. Mr. Berns does works on juvenile as well as adult criminal cases.
Mr. Berns, a native of New York City, started his career as an advocate long before he was admitted to the State Bar of California. After he graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2005 with a bachelor of arts in political science and religious studies, Mr. Berns designed the curriculum and taught a class informing high school students of their rights. When he moved to California in 2006, Mr. Berns worked for a criminal defense firm in Oakland specializing in drug cases. While in law school, Mr. Berns worked for public defender’s offices in Sonoma, Solano, and Marin Counties, where he conducted a jury trial and argued more than a dozen contested hearings. He also won awards for his skills in trial advocacy and appellate advocacy, wrote three extensive research papers on criminal issues, organized and hosted a forum on marijuana law in California, and graduated with a criminal concentration.
Since joining the Law Offices of Mark A. Berg, Mr. Berns has volunteered as a high school mock trial judge and mentored law school students, and has been interviewed for a documentary on the “three strikes” law. He is a member of the Placer County Bar Association and is on the legal committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and has worked with the Cannabis Career Institute and the California Cannabis Industry Association, among other organizations, in educating and working to reform marijuana laws in California.
Licensed since 2010
Hourly ($150/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Sam Berns went to one of the top law schools in California and focuses his practice on all aspects of criminal defense. I am honored to endorse him after working with a joint strategy on a mutual case -- Sam handling the criminal aspects and I concentrating on the administrative law state Board licensing issues. Sam went above and beyond to protect his client in coordinating the case with my law firm, being mindful of the unintended consequences.
Samuel Spital Administrative Law Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Cali/Witkin Award for Trial Advocacy||UC-Hastings College of the Law||2009|
|Law Clerk||Sonoma County Public Defender's Office||2010 - 2010|
|Law Clerk||Marin County Public Defender's Office||2009 - 2010|
|Law Clerk||Solano County Public Defender's Office||2009 - 2009|
|Law Clerk||Law Offices of William G. Panzer||2007 - 2010|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|NORML Legal Committee||Attorney Member||2011 - Present|
|Placer County Bar Association||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Documentary||Defending Three Strikes||2011|
|UC Hastings COL||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|Univ of Wisconsin||Political Science/Religious Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|Marijuana Panel featuring US Attorney and others||Introduction and Organization||2009|