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William M. Berman, Esq., is the founding and managing partner of the San Diego-based civil litigation firm, Berman & Riedel, LLP.  Possessing the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, Mr. Berman has broad litigation experience in handling complex civil litigation matters on behalf of injured consumers involving claims of serious automobile accidents, trucking accidents, aviation accidents, catastrophic construction and work site injuries, products liability matters, and medical malpractice actions.  In addition to his personal injury practice, Mr. Berman was instrumental in establishing the firm's renowned nursing home and elder abuse litigation department, and has obtained several of the highest settlements against skilled nursing facilities and residential care facilities for in the State of California.  Mr. Berman's firm has been credited as one of the leading elder abuse/neglect practices throughout the state, and his work in the area of elder abuse and neglect litigation continues to garner substantial media attention and the notice of the state legislature, which has helped to bring the issue of proper elder care to the forefront of the public's mind.


His firm, Berman & Riedel, LLP, is a prominent law firm which represents the victims of serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout the State of California.  Our team of renowned attorneys and professional staff vigorously advocates on behalf of those who are injured or affected by the negligent/harmful acts of others, and we pride ourselves on working tirelessly to obtain exceptional settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. As a plaintiffs’ personal injury firm, we do not represent business, industry or insurance companies in the defense of personal injury or wrongful death matters.


Dedicated to providing the highest quality legal representation, Berman & Riedel, LLP consistently obtains results on behalf of our clients which exceed expectation.  We take pride in producing an outstanding resolution for each legal case we take on, and indeed many of our settlements and verdicts have been lauded in the news as unparalleled. The extraordinary success of our firm enables us to be very selective in the clients and cases we choose to represent and thus, if we accept your case, you can be confident that we believe in your case and will do everything in our power to aggressively pursue your legal interests in an effort to recover the maximum compensation to which you are entitled under the law.

William M. Berman and the attorneys and legal professionals of Berman & Riedel, LLP, are committed to the highest professional and ethical standards in the practice of law. Our firm’s ability to navigate the civil legal system and understand the more complex intricacies of serious personal injury and wrongful death cases is unsurpassed. In fact, the majority of cases which come to Berman & Riedel, LLP are referred to us by our clients and/or attorneys who are impressed with the exceptional results we have obtained on behalf of our clients. 

When you put your trust and case into the hands of the highly effective team of attorneys and legal professionals at Berman & Riedel, LLP, you can rest assured that you will be treated with dignity and respect, and that you have the highest-quality legal representation on your side. Our firm has the skill, dedication and resources necessary to obtain the best possible outcome for your legal matter, and we will work tirelessly to obtain the maximum compensation possible for your particular case.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    19 years
  2. Nursing Home Abuse: 40%
    19 years
  3. Elder Law: 20%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Lorena Espinoza

    I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Berman on a matter. I was very impressed with his level of professionalism and compassion. Mr. Berman seems to be the type of attorney that will go above and beyond for his clients and I look forward to working with him in the future.


    Lorena Espinoza Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Artin Gharibian

    Mr. Berman is an expert in the area of nursing home abuse and neglect and a very talented lawyer. I endorse him.


    Artin Gharibian Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Berman & Riedel LLP

12264 El Camino Real Suite 300
San Diego, CA, 92130


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Outstanding Trial Lawyer AwardConsumer Attorneys of San Diego2012
Top San Diego Attorney RecognitionSuperLawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Top 10 Personal Injury AttorneySan Diego Dail Transcript2010
San Diego's Top 10 Personal Injury AttorneysThe Daily Transcript2009
Outstanding Advocate AwardN/A2000
Lawyers to Watch in 2000N/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Firm Founding and Managing PartnerBerman & Riedel, LLP since 19971997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember1998 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Maria Tirado, et al vs. DOE Nursing Home, et al.$1,500,000.00+ Total Settlement
Kamura vs. FaceTrial Verdict for $1,547,445.25
Wilschke vs. Doe Nursing Home Defendants$1,700,000.00
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Publication nameTitleDate
San Diego Attorney JournalAttorney of the Month2011
San Diego Union TribuneFacility Settles Neglect Lawsuit: Doctors Found Ants in 92-Year-Old's Face2002
Jan/FebLawyers to Watch in 20002000
Los Angeles Daily JournalSenior Assistance1999
Los Angeles Daily JournalOld is New1999
UnknownElder Care Home Suite Settled for $2.2 Million1999
Thousand Oaks StarFamily Gets $2 Million in Elder Abuse Case1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Arizona State UniversityJustice StudiesBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SDPA Monthly MCLEUnderstanding the Legal Aspects of Elder Abuse/Neglect Litigation in California2013
Dementia Care Conference: Caring for Loved Ones with DementiaThe Legal Implications of Caring for a Loved One with Dementia2013
Elder Law Section MCLENew Legal Implication in Nursing Home Litigation2012
Speaker: Understanding California's Elder Abuse ActAbuse/Neglect Problems Affecting our Elderly Population2009
Speaker: 2009 CANHR State ConferenceUnderstanding Managing Agents of SNFs2009
News Feature: Vista Jury Awards $1,850,000 in DamagesTrial Result Featured by the Media2009
Speaker: San Diego Bar Association RoundtableLitigating Nursing Home Claims2008
Speaker: CANHR RoundtableHow to Litigate RCFE/Elder Abuse Claims2008
New Article: Elder Abuse Claim Settles for $1,700,000Story Featuring Settlement of Elder Abuse/SNF Case2008
Speaker: 2007 State Elder Abuse ConferenceUndertsnading EADACPA2007
Speaker: CANHR RoundtableUnderstanding MICRA under the EADACPA2006
News Feature: Channel 6 News Palm SpringsThe Epidemic of Nursing Home Abuse2006
Speaker: Elder Law & AdvocacyUnderstanding Nursing Home Litigation2005
NBC Channel 4News Feature: Profile on Nursing Home Abuse2003