|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|
Posted by Dave
I had consultations with several other attorneys, in reference to my felony case, and some of them wanted 10X more than Sam for their fees, yet none of them exhibited the sincere listening skills, possible scenarios of the consequences I may face, and genuine concern for my situation BEFORE giving me their fees for representation, as Sam.
The process took about 9 months to complete and during the entire time he always kept me in the loop and returned my calls within 24 hours of calling....with all my questions and concerns.
During this stressful time I felt fortunate to have a well rounded attorney like Sam representing me. He treated me like a real person in a very challenging situation, not just a $$ # and next. Sam has a very rare quality of sincerity that is evident in all he does. He is also very knowledgeable and caring.
So , before you plunk down a big chunk of money for a "well known" or a "big name" attorney and take a chance..... Give your self a real chance for the best outcome possible in your situation from a consultation with Sam. I had never been in any kind of "situation" with the law before, but after the trust I placed in Sam,
I now refer him to anyone needing an affordable, winning attorney with great integrity....Sam Berns.
Posted by Spencer
I hired and paid Samuel for his services and not only did he come in cheaper than the others I talked to he treated me like I was his only client, it has been almost 4 years since that point and I have called him for questions ranging from filling bankruptcy to my girlfriend's disablity claim he has always called me back within 24 hours and consulted me on anything that he could help me with. When I went to get my record expunged he offered to help but I couldn't afford it so he still talked me through the process and I was able to get my record expunged solely based on his help. In a world where everything has a price the amount that I paid was worth every penny and he is honest and looking out for your best interest. I would recommend Samuel to anyone that needs a lawyer. I know have a great job that I was only able to get because my record is clean and my life is back on track thanks to the work that this man did. I all the other lawyers I talked to treated me like a customer when my life was hanging in the balance. Sam is different. Thanks for all you have done for me Sam.
Posted by Susie
Very competent ... prepared, very thorough ... always returned phone calls and responded to emails promptly. I would highly recommend Sam for any criminal defense matters. Thanks again for all the time you spend trying to help our son!