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Michael Stephen Berg

Federal crime Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.8   19 reviews

About Michael

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  1. Federal crime
    75%
    Michael S. Berg handles a wide variety of criminal cases in state, federal, and juvenile courts. Michael is a State Bar of California Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. His extensive experience over 26 years includes white collar crimes, drug crimes, money laundering and computer crimes, as well as over 37 homicide cases to date.

    40 years

  2. Criminal defense
    15%
    Michael S. Berg handles a wide variety of criminal cases in state, federal, and juvenile courts. Michael is a State Bar of California Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. His extensive experience over 26 years includes white collar crimes, drug crimes, money laundering and computer crimes, as well as over 37 homicide cases to date.

    40 years

  3. Juvenile law
    5%
    Michael S. Berg handles a wide variety of criminal cases in state, federal, and juvenile courts. Michael is a State Bar of California Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. His extensive experience over 26 years includes white collar crimes, drug crimes, money laundering and computer crimes, as well as over 37 homicide cases to date.

    40 years

  4. White collar crime
    5%
    Michael S. Berg handles a wide variety of criminal cases in state, federal, and juvenile courts. Michael is a State Bar of California Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. His extensive experience over 26 years includes white collar crimes, drug crimes, money laundering and computer crimes, as well as over 37 homicide cases to date.

    40 years

Michael S. Berg handles a wide variety of criminal cases in state, federal, and juvenile courts. Michael is a State Bar of California Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. His extensive experience over 31 years includes white collar crimes, drug crimes, money laundering and computer crimes, as well as over 37 homicide cases to date. A graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, Michael is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association. Michael is extremely active in civic and community affairs and is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Rancho Coastal Humane Society, serves on the advisory committee for San Diego's Pro Kids Junior Golf and is the Handicap Chairman for the Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Club.

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Licensed for 40 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 09/07/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Michael

Law Offices of Michael S. Berg
402 West Broadway
Suite 1300
San Diego, CA, 92101

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and highly effective
Michael was confident from the start with my case. He was professional and effective in resolving my case with a positive outcome.
Posted by Kennedy | June 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SUPER SATISFIED
Michael definitely made things comfortable for me and relaxed the stress I had during the situation. With his assistance, he made sure I was treated fairly and did all the work that needed to be done. And for that, I'm thankful and appreciative of his work!
Posted by Liisa | May 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Results!
We came to Michael with a criminal matter that could have had huge ramifications for our family. He and his staff had a strategy for success and they delivered. We were in constant communication and they made sure we understood the process. He delivered the results we wished for. We are grateful for his expertise and handling of our matter. I highly recommend Mr. Berg!
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Posted by Mary Hunt | May 8, 2017
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Michael Berg is the Man
I was searching for an attorney for my friend and I found Michael Berg. He contacted me right away and set up a consultation. From the moment we shook hands, Michael was a true class act. My friend was in quite a bit of trouble. Michael was so diligent in his attention to detail. The way he handled himself in the court was nothing less then impressive. In the end Michael got most of the charges dropped and my friend was home in no time. He was honest, kind, and respectful. Not only did he do a exceptional job, he was very flexible with his fees. Michael A Berg truly talented and I highly recommend him. Thank you Michael for everything you did for us. A real nice person and a kick ass attorney. I wish I could give more than 5 stars.
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Posted by F | March 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Result
Michael has been my attorney through a very complex felony case. He represented me not only with class but exceptional expertise in the law. He settled my case far beyond my wildest dreams. Even though I moved out of state during this ordeal, Michael stayed on top of the case and dedicated himself as if I was seeing him every day. I was preparing to go to prison but his well executed defense allowed me to stay a free man and enjoy my family and life. He is a man of integrity and strong character. I was very fortunate to have such excellent representation. I would highly recommend him. He is an excellent and honest attorney.
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Posted by Dave | December 8, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Quick response
Michael responded quickly with a willingness to assist on short notice.
Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Law team for almost anything!
Mr. Berg and his team worked hard to help us out. Our family needed a good Lawyer and now the future will be much better due to Michael S. Berg. Super easy going, very casual so don't be nervous. They are all business when it comes to false charges, proving your case should be dropped, reducing fines and showing you are innocent. I would be confident in hiring Mr. Berg for anything court related from a felony to a misdemeanor. Not a cheap attorney, but very affordable and the results are priceless. Don't mess around. Know your rights and have the best in your corner! Michael S. Berg and Jasmine will work hard for you!
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Posted by Melody | July 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The Very BEST!!!
Attorney Michael Berg is the best Federal Attorney you will find in Southern CA. He sincerely cares about the future of his clients and will get the positive results that you are seeking. He kindly asked early in our conversation to please call him Michael…..he’s just that personable yet 100% about business, (he will get the very best possible results). I live in NC and my Son is serving out a sentence in Victorville’s Federal Penitentiary. He is due to be released next year but he still had an outstanding violation of his probation and it was serious enough to give him and additional 5years after serving a 10 year sentence. He was very fearful that after release he would get picked back up and bought in to serve the outstanding violation of his parole. I decided that this required an attorney with lots of experience and one that could get the results we were looking for. Michael has over 30 years of experience in Federal Law so who else could be better to represent my Son? I looked on-line to see his track record, I did my homework with so much at stake he needed the very BEST; a hero in the court-room that would get the positive results that we were looking for. Another success…Michael got his case to run concurrent with the time he’s already been serving with no additional time added!!! We are thrilled and thank him for the work that he did and having the best attitude and demeanor of any attorney I have ever encountered…Look no further he is "The Very BEST".
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Incredibly competent and fierce, yet compassionate attorney.
I consulted with Michael long before charges were filed, and he did a great deal of work on my behalf BEFORE he asked for a single cent from me. When I did retain him, he worked within my budget, which is incredible, as he is certainly a high-profile and highly desired attorney in the San Diego area. Besides being my attorney, he listened to all my questions and concerns with therapist-level compassion and understanding, a rare trait for such a tough and notable lawyer. The outcome of my case was exceptional, despite my spotted record. I'm currently on vacation visiting my parents and planning a new addition to my family instead of stressing over a real possibility of prison time. Michael Berg is the best of the best. If you are looking for criminal defense, you can't go wrong with him.
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Posted by Don | May 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
He treated our son like his own!
He was very good to us and our son , he told us at first contact he would take care of our son like his own , and he did. From 3000 miles away he was very reassuring and fulfilled his assurance with results . I would definitely recommend him .
Posted by Abby | January 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No regrets ever!
Michael is seriously the best lawyer ever! He's honestly one of the most humblest men I have ever met. Not only is he fantastic at what he does, his energy and smile is extremely contagious. I don't know what I would have done if I didn't find him. He saved my life. I had a serious felony case facing 25 years to life and he helped me in getting my case dismissed. If you're looking for a criminal defense attorney, I'm telling you he's the one. He's a miracle worker!
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Posted by brandon | March 10, 2015
The Best of the Best! Period.
Can't say enough good about this man. Thank you for your help in my case. you rock and I will always use you as a reference for any legal matter from here on out. Absolutely the Best, no doubt about it. He guided me through a potential felony case with complete ease and frankly relieved all stress that i had . Its been an extreme pleasure working with you and thanks for everything you have done for me and my loved ones. If you are looking for the most Professional, hard working, stress free attorney for your criminal defense. I highly recommend you call this man. It would be a shame if you didnt. Again, cant say enough about how this man helped turn my year around. Thanks Michael, you are the best.
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Posted by Sarah | November 8, 2014
Massive amounts of gratitude to Michael Berg
I have never needed a lawyer in my life. In 2012, my boyfriend needed one. I came across Michael Berg. This man is an intellectual shark; he is renowned in San Diego for his experience and his talent. He handled my boyfriends case for 2 years. The outcome was astoundingly positive, seeing as how my boyfriend was originally facing upwards of 22 years in federal prison. On Monday Nobember 3, 2014, he was sentenced to only 110 months. I know in my gut that if Michael Berg hadn't been our defense attorney, the end result would not even be close to what we received. I am still astonished. Mr. Berg knows what he's doing. Eternally grateful doesn't even begin to describe how we feel towards him. I really have no other words to describe my experience with Michael Berg other than 110% satisfied, amazed, and happy. I was kept in the loop, I was never rushed, I was never left waiting for an answer from him. I hope I never need another defense attorney in my life, but if YOU do, I highly recommend Michael Berg.
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Posted by Don V. | November 5, 2014
The Ultimate Professional "Mr. Berg"
Our daughter was arrested, put in jail, and charged with felony domestic violence against her boyfriend. Obviously, my wife and I were extremely stressed as we saw her life's goals slip away before our very eyes. We searched for an attorney online and were disappointed that there were so many out there that basically claimed to be the best deal out there. We were lucky, as Mr. Berg was recommended to us by a family friend. I accompanied my daughter to court and we didn't even have to venture into the courtroom. Mr. Berg handled the case smoothly and efficiently - so much so - that the case was dismissed. Thank you Mr. Berg for putting our family at ease with you extensive experience, knowledge of the court system, and ability to set your clients at ease. I would highly recommend Mr. Berg to anyone requiring piece of mind!
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Posted by Michelle | March 26, 2014
My Daughters DUI was dismissed
3 months ago, at 2 am we got the call every parent dreads... My College age daughter was arrested for a DUI (she is half way around the country) and although there were no injuries, other charges were added as a bonus for her great behavior that night. Frantic, I called my friend at 6am since she had a similar issue with her teen a year before - without hesitation she recommended Michael Berg warmly. by 6:10 am I called him. He answered the phone. I started to cry. by 7am we posted bail for my daughter, she was out of jail that afternoon and we were able to meet in Michael bergs office to discuss the game plan and all the possible outcomes. He is possibly the kindest and best mannered professional I have ever interacted with. He was calm. Not intimidating. He was logical. Without writing a book here, I will say with his connections and dedication my daughter was able to save her potential career and future. We are Thankful Beyond Words. God Bless.
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Posted by Davyd | July 24, 2013
MICHAEL BERG AND GERISSA SANTOS : DEFENSE TEAM OF A LIFETIME
I first found Mr. Berg through a Google search. I was searching for someone to help me on a probation case where I never reported for five years. Turns into a FEDERAL case., if you know anything about being busted by the feds, you know you need a lawyer. Public Defenders are NOT concerned with your case, they are concerned with their own caseLOAD. Michael and his more than competent and brilliant partner Gerissa Santos, were amazing. I can't just say amazing...(and apparently I can't swear either) It would be a a blocked review. Listen....If you need to get out, if you need to be with your family, take care of business, get the deal of a lifetime, even get the case thrown out, you MUST call Michael and Gerissa. I was fortunate to have the attention of both of them...I had a rather complicated case. And you know what? I was not an easy client. They rock. It will cost you NOTHING to ask their opinion on your case. It will cost you more to go with a guy or gal that gives you empty promises. You know most lawyers are less than honest. They get the retainer. Then, they deliver the bad news. You want to go with the norm? Don't call Michael. Don't call Gerissa. You want someone who is going to get you the deal of a lifetime, or even get you home? Call Michael. Call Gerissa. I have only one more thing to add to this....I'm a criminal. A felon. A blight on society. And yes, I did my time, alot less than I would have done had I not had Michael and Gerissa. But you know what is great?...They don't treat me like a second class citizen, they treat me like a human....with rights. I have rights. Criminal or not, I HAVE RIGHTS....and Michael and Gerissa....they protected mine.
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2009
thank you!
we are so grateful for the help given us. thanks again. your talents as an attorney and your sensitivity to people mean the world when trouble strikes.
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2009
Michael has done great work!
"Michael has done great work for me on several occasions. He was always on time and used his expert advice when I needed it most. He has a great record when it comes to winning cases and I would definitely hire him again if needed."
Posted by Rhonda | May 23, 2014
Talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk!
I hired Michael Berg to defend me in a criminal case approximately 3 years ago. My case finally ended today so I feel comfortable in writing this review now. When I first contacted Michael he was very responsive and called me back immediately. He set an appointment for me right away and without reviewing anything assured me that my case would be easy for him to get dismissed or at least reduced to a minimal charge. As soon as I gave him my $5,000.00 retainer I quit hearing from him. I called numerous times with no return calls, and finally had to call the main receptionist at the building where he rents office space, to have him call me back. I did get a return call that day, but it was from an assistant who obviously knew nothing about my case as she stated that I was charged with something that wasn't even part of my case! When I explained to her that I wanted to hear back from Michael it was another week before he called it was the day before I was due in court, and at that time he was very rude and condescending toward me, again though, he assured me that my case was going to be easy and not to worry. When I arrived the following day for court I waited 1/2 hour for Michael to show up. He went in and talked with the judge and DA and came back to me with the most ridiculous "deal" possible. It was the opposite of what he had promised me and not a deal that anyone would have taken. When I reminded him of his promise to me he stated that this was the best he could do. I had to lose all of the money I had given to Michael and hire a new attorney. I did, and within a few months had my case settled and with a much better resolve than Michael tried to get me to settle on. When I contacted Michael and asked for my retainer back as he didn't do anything on my case he presented with a ridiculous statement of charges and tried to make me feel like I had gotten a deal for the $5,000.00 I had paid him, and denied me any refund although he did absolutely nothing to work on my case. I would not recommend Michael to anyone, not even my worst enemies!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Michael S. Berg
  • 1982 - Present

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of South Dakota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Associations

  • Rancho Coastal Humane Society
  • President, Board of DIrectors
  • 2004 - Present
  • Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Club
  • President
  • 2000 - Present
  • Pro Kids Junior Golf Association
  • Associate Board of Directors
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • San Diego Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • San Diego Super Lawyer
  • San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • San Diego Super Lawyer
  • San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • San Diego Super Lawyer
  • San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • San Diego Super Lawyer
  • San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • San Diego Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • San Diego Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • San Diego Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2010
  • San DIego Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • San Diego Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • San Diego ESI
  • Electronic Discovery in Federal Court
  • 2013
  • Federal Court Open Doors Program
  • Federal Court System
  • 2010
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • 1993

Attorney endorsements

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Given (29)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Attorney Michael Berg is above and beyond an experienced attorney. He is honest, aggressive, and accomplishes the maximum best results a client can ever wish for. It's always a pleasure to work with Michael on legal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Berg is known to be one of the finest criminal defense attorneys in San Diego. He has earned a tremendous amount of respect in both state and federal courts throughout Southern California. I have personally referred clients to Mr. Berg when a potential for a conflict presents itself in my own cases, fully confident that the client will receive the finest representation possible. I highly endorse Mr. Berg, and wish nothing but continued success for him and his practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is with great pleasure I endorse my colleague and friend, Michael Berg, in the field of both state and federal criminal defense. Michael is one of the most well respected attorneys I have ever had the privilege of knowing. He knows everyone who is anyone in the San Diego criminal defense community. He is a valuable resource to all criminal defense attorneys in the community, but is most valuable to his clients who he obtains spectacular results for day in and day out."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Berg is the go-to-guy for criminal defense in the San Diego area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Berg for several years and would recommend him to potential clients. He is always very professional and always tries to obtain the best possible results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to be able to see Mr. Berg work in courts for years now. He is a talented advocate for his clients and is well respected in the comunity. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is so highly regarded, that he simply doesn't need another endorsement, but I feel compelled to write one. Mike is always a pleasure to work with because he is so knowledgable and willing to offer ideas and advice on your own cases. I highly recomend Michael and I only hope to acheive his level of competence in our tough field of crimnal law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Michael as a criminal defense attorney. He has been practicing law for many years in both federal and state court, and I know that he zealously defends all of his clients. He is an asset to the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Berg has been practicing criminal defense for nearly 30 years. I have known Mr. Berg since he first became a lawyer, and have seen him develop into one of the best criminal lawyers in the State. He is very knowledgeable, and seems to know everyone in his field. This has made him a very effective advocate. I would recommend him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Mike from his excellent work in state and federal court. He gives clients sound advice and has the highest ethical standards. He is a great choice for anyone seeking a criminal defense lawyer in the greater San Diego area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an zealous advocate. I do not hesitate to refer individuals to him for criminal defense services. Those individuals I have referred to Michael have been very satisfied with his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the honor to work with Mr. Berg on a complex wire fraud case in federal court. He has an exceptional reputation and he is held in high regard by the bench, defense attorneys, and prosecutors. He is known to consistently deliver outstanding results for his clients ranging from high-profile trials to negotiated plea bargains. Mr. Berg is extremely knowledgeable of the law and his overall practice of law is truly impressive. I would recommend Mr. Berg to anyone who is facing criminal prosecution."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Michael Berg has a very good reputation in the criminal community and has a wealth of experience in the criminal field. He is an excellent criminal defense attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have had the privilege to know and observe Mr. Berg in court for at least twenty years. He is a great defense attorney who has repeatedly demonstrated time and time again his command of tactics and strategy to bring great results for his clients."
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San Diego Federal crime Lawyer Michael Stephen Berg
Michael Stephen Berg
Federal crime Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 40 years
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