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Bill B Berke

Workers compensation Attorney at Cape Coral, FL

4.8   86 reviews

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Bill B. Berke, Esquire grew up in the Tenafly New Jersey area and is a graduate of Riverdale Country School in Bronx, New York in 1979.

Mr. Berke received his Bachelor of Science in Business Degree from Indiana University in 1982 and subsequently achieved his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Florida, College of Law in 1985. In 1986, Mr. Berke opened his own law firm and has been representing people in Southwest Florida since then. The firms name is now Berke Law Firm, P.A. Mr. Berke was also admitted to the United States District Court, Middle District of the State of Florida in 1987. He was admitted to practice in front of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1994. Mr. Berke has tried and mediated hundreds of workers’ compensation cases throughout Florida.

Mr. Berke handles workers’ compensation, social security disability, defective drug/device litigation, junk fax litigation, employment law cases and overtime claims. Mr. Berke and Berke Law Firm, P.A., have only represented injured people/plaintiffs and have never represented insurance companies or employers.

Mr. Berke is the former President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Cape Coral Bar Association, he is a member of the American Association for Justice, and a member of the Florida Justice Association. Mr. Berke is presently on the board of Florida Workers’ Advocates, which is the State of Florida’s Employee/Claimant’s lawyer organization. He is a member of the Lee County Bar Association, and is a member of the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Executive Counsel.

Mr. Berke is a former trustee and now is a board member of the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, he is a board member of the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of the Nations Association. Mr. Berke founded and is co-chairman of the SSRI Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Berke strives to continue his education and participation as a dedicated activist for his clients. Mr. Berke is a frequent lecturer for workers’ compensation issues and helped found the Lee County Chapter of V.O.I.C.E.S.

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Licensed for 36 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1986
Updated 11/23/2022
State CO
Status Inactive
Acquired 1994
Updated 10/04/2022

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THE BERKE LAW FIRM P.A.
4423 Del Prado Blvd
Cape Coral, FL, 33904

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  86 customer reviews
Posted by Dillon | January 12, 2021
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Prompt services
With bill and Sheri my case was opened and closed within a very short amount of time which is unheard of. Straight to the point with them both and for that we settled quickly. Sheri works hard and on top of returning calls, emails etc and makes it that much easier.
Posted by Steve/Maria | December 18, 2020
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Intimidating Power on Your Side
Bill Berke is an intimidating lawyer. He knows the law and once he is on your side, he is relentless in overpowering bullies who wish to steal from you what you rightfully deserve under the law. He knows what he is doing! His assistant Dina was new to us, but she was very helpful and knowledgeable. Paralegal Melissa is the heart of Bill Berke's team for disability cases. She truly cares and knows disability law inside and out. What's more, she is a capable communicator who helps you understand what is going on and is patient with your questions. We loved talking to her best. She is in high demand and if she is on your team, you've got a winner! We just loved her! All glory to God for winning our case through this dynamic team.
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Posted by Marie | December 17, 2020
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Awesome lawyer
I have been trying to get approved for disability for six years now. I called Bill Berke's office and spoke with Dina Fiora about my case. She was very hopeful about my case and said that they were going to help me to the best of their ability. Well they kept in contact with my and kept me informed of what was going on with my case, from my medical records being accepted by Social Security, to to when SS needed more information. And answered me promptly when I contacted them with questions or concerns. Bill Berke was professional and diligent when we had my over the phone hearing. THEY WON MY CASE! After six years I was finally approved for benefits, thanks to Bill Berke and Dina Fiora at Berke Law Firm! Thanks to everyone there that made this possible!
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Posted by Cory | November 18, 2020
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Won the case for disability claim to be reinstated
My SSI benefits were close to being cancelled December 2019. My family and I immediately contacted the Burke Lawfirm. Ms. Dina Panora did the assessment for the legal intake. They accepted the case. Due to Covid-19 for almost 1 year the hearings were delayed due to the legitimate public emergency health crisis. I recieved an email notification 11/17/2020 that I had won the case. I was delighted in the results recieved and the accuracy delivered for my circumstance. 5 stars. Mr. Burke has a long-profession of winning civil court cases for the voiceless and the helpless when required. When a civil legal matter is needed I would highly recommend Mr. Burke. You won't regret him.
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Posted by Rebecca | November 3, 2020
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Favorable decision reached!
I hired Bill Berke law firm to handle my disability claim after being denied twice and desiring to go before a judge. I had a phone conference with Mr. Berke the day before my trial conducted by phone. Mr. Berke is very to the point. I would like to thank him. I did get a favorable decision. I did have issues with getting medical records due to Covid and having to go through centralized medical record providers and not my doctor's office. Dina and Melissa were very helpful and I want to thank them.
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Posted by Belinda | April 22, 2020
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Disability
They got my settlement in a very short time. I didn't even have to do much to even get it done.
Posted by Ed | March 30, 2020
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Great personal law firm
I hired the Berke law firm for my work comp case. The staff are all great. Sheri was always helpful and gave great advice. If the insurance company was late with my check or let refilling my meds Sheri would get on the phone and I would have it the next day. It was a long road but Bill truly fought for every penny he could for me. I’m very happy I choose the Berke law firm.
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Posted by Jaime | March 4, 2020
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Wonderful team!
Mr. Berke is the third social security attorney I've hired in 19 years. He was more thorough than the others on the hearing date. As a result,the ALJ ruled in my favor. I dealt with Dina most of the time, and she did a great job calming my nerves. Mr. Berke's low, gentle voice and manner helped me to not have a complete breakdown at the hearing. The thorough research that Dina and Melisa did for him gave him the correct information about my disabilities so he could counter the vocational expert properly. Mr. Berke prepared me for the types of questions I would have to answer and how to present myself. I would recommend this office to anyone with a hard case.
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Posted by Cody | February 19, 2020
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Excellent lawyer!!
Mr. Berke took my disability case and won fully favorable! I didn't meet him until the day of the hearing but he put me at ease immediately with his intelligence and professionalism. I couldn't be happier! Dina Fanora was his assistant that helped me and was very courteous and kind. I would recommend 10 stars if it would allow me to.. SO HAPPY THANK YOU MR. BERKE!
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Posted by Debra | January 29, 2020
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Disability case
I called Mr. Berke's office regarding a disability claim. My first encounter when I called Mr. Berke's office was with Melissa Burns, Legal Assistant. She was very calming and reassuring, she walked me through exactly what would happen. She was always quick to respond to any of my questions via email. Next I was dealing with Dina Finora, Legal Assistant who also was very helpful and a pleasure to interact with. My Disability case went all the way to a hearing which I was aware would probably be the case. I spoke with Mr. Berke on the phone but did not meet him until hearing day. He was professional, made me feel at ease and presented my case with efficiency and competence. My decision was fully favorable. What more could one ask for. Highly recommend this firm.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2019
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SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
Can't begin to say enough about Bill B Berke and Melissa Burns. They were on top of everything that was going on and always kept me abreast of what was going on with my case. I got to commend them for all the hard work that they put into my case. After this December 2019 Holidays will be getting with them to work on my VA Disability. I say HIRE!
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Posted by Cindy Little | September 11, 2019
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Disability Attorney recommended
I hired Mr Berke after being directed by Human Arc in NJ. He contacted me right away, spoke with me to prepare me for my hearing, and was very knowledgeable about the ins and outs of SSD. Melissa in his office was patient while I emailed her several times to check the status. I would recommend this office. Thank you for your help!
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2019
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Best lawyers!
Bill Berke is a great lawyer. He is intelligent and to the point. His assistant Sherri is one of the most helpful people I know. Any of my questions or problems got answered quickly. If your looking for justice they will help you get it.
Posted by Roberta | July 3, 2019
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Mr Berke is a miracle worker when it comes to Social Security and SSI.
I was referred to Mr Berke, by a friend, who'd had Mr Berke as his attorney before. My son and I are extremely pleased with how the entire thing went. At our first hearing, my son walked out of the hearing, having been given his SSI. We didn't even have to wait 4 months for the decision. We have been trying to get his benefits for about 15 years. We'd hiring another attorney in the past. They didn't even come close to Mr Berke and his staff. Also, Melissa Burns was instrumental in us getting a positive outcome on this matter. Melissa was extremely personable, very professional and they were both all around awesome.
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Posted by Mike | March 18, 2019
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client
I would highly recommend Bill Berke and his Paralegal Sheri. They are highly efficient and knowledgeable.
Posted by Art | March 6, 2019
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Personal injury
Bill and Christine did a great job with my case. I was completely unfamiliar with the civil action process. Christine always returned my calls/emails with answers to my questions same day, (sometimes within the hour). I would recommend the Berke team to anyone who suffers personal injury due to accident/negligence.
Posted by Martha | March 4, 2019
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Social Security
Mr. Berke represented me at my hearing for Social Security. I am pleased to say he won my case. His assistant was always available to answer my questions about my case. I would recommend his services.
Posted by Kevin | March 3, 2019
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Great Lawyer
I was looking for a attorney for Social Security claim and was reading reviews for attorney when I saw Berke Law Firm. I called them and talk to Melissa Burns she was very professional and answered all my questions. I made the decision to go with Berke Law Firm.Melissa Burns Helped with all the paperwork and answered all my questions though the case. Mr Berke Is very knowledgeable on Social Security benefits. Very happy with the outcome Thanks To Berke Law Firm. I would highly recommend Berke Law Firm. Thank you Kevin M.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2019
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Berke is a Top-Tier Performer
We retained the services of Berke Law to resolve a long-standing complex case and Bill, along with his Assistant Chris, delivered an outstanding result in our favor. Bill is tough, fair and bluntly honest. He knows the system, the players and Chris compliments his talents with efficiency, time sensitivity and great client service.
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Posted by Aaron | January 21, 2019
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Great Lawyers
sheri and bill did an amazing job on my case over a little over a year period. always answered all my questions even if they sounded way out there. i really appreciate these guys and their amazing work.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018.

Admonishment issued in FL, 2018
updated on 02/14/2018

An admonition means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar gives the lawyer an admonition in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Berke Law Firm, P.A.
  • 1986 - Present

Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Indiana University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1982

Associations

  • Workplace Injury Litigation Group, Inc.
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Workers' Compensation Law Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Workers’ Advocates
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • National Association Disability Representatives
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Bronze Member Award
  • Florida Workers' Advocates
  • 2009
  • Bronze Member Award
  • Florida Workers' Advocates
  • 2008
  • Bronze Member Award
  • Florida Workers' Advocates
  • 2006
  • Board Member
  • Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • 2005
  • Bronze Member Award
  • Florida Workers' Advocates
  • 2004
  • Impacto Award
  • Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • 2004
  • Bronze Sponsor
  • Cape Coral Community Foundation
  • 2003
  • Chrome Sponsor
  • March of Dimes
  • 2002
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Publications

  • Pamphlet
  • How to Win Your Social Security Claim
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • FWA 19th Annual Education Conference
  • Worker's Compensation
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (18)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill Berke is an excellent personal injury, veterans benefits, and employment attorney. He is a keen understanding of the law and advocates for his clients in an effective manner."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bill for more than 10 years. He truly cares about the issues that injured people face. He also informs and educates his fellow members of the Bar on important issues relevant to helping injured people."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is a genuine hard working smart and wise lawyer. I have known Bill for over ten years and have always found him to be a true gentleman, a family man, and committed to the care for his clients and their cases."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Bill for many years and am so comfortable with him that I refer many of my worker compensation clients to him as well as social security and wage disputes clients. None of those referrals have ever said anything but good things about his representation."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill's a great advocator and works tirelessly to get good results for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have found Mr Berke to be very competent and thorough in his evaluation and treatment of his clients and also quite professional in my own personal dealings and business arrangement with him. M. Daniel Sasso"
Employment and labor Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Cape Coral Workers compensation Lawyer Bill B Berke
Bill B Berke
Workers compensation Attorney
Cape Coral, FL
Licensed for 36 years
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