Bruce J. Berger
559-449-0571 / 407-459-8675
Bruce J. Berger graduated from California State University, Fresno, in 1980, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Accounting Option), and received his Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School in 1984.
Mr. Berger, having joined the firm in 1994, is a partner of the firm and serves on the management committee. Mr. Berger is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer, and has represented clients in insurance defense, personal injury, real estate, redevelopment, tax, employment, medical malpractice, medical staff and civil rights cases. Representative trials include: Marquez v. Scheppegrell [Insurance Defense/Personal Injury (Auto); Hart v. Farrow [Insurance Defense/Personal Injury/Auto]; Nikaido v. Pieper [Insurance Defense/Personal Injury/Auto]; Najera v. Huerta [Insurance Defense/Personal Injury (Auto); decision on appeal reported at 191 Cal.App.4th 872 (2011)]; Turner v. Community Living Center-Fresno [Medical Malpractice/Elder Abuse]; Bender v. Lamb [Insurance Defense/Personal Injury (Auto)]; Vasquez v. Nicolaus [Insurance Defense/Personal Injury (Auto)]; Ochoa v. Nelson [Insurance Defense/Personal Injury (Auto)]; Loftis v. Gill [Insurance Defense/Personal Injury (Auto)]; Locke v. Scott [Insurance Defense/Personal Injury (Auto)]; Mello v. Fresno Community Hospital [Medical Malpractice]; Fernandez v. Mehelic [Insurance Defense/Personal Injury (Auto)]; Lee Yates; Wendy Yates v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue [Tax/Hobby Loss, reported at T.C. Memo 1996-499, 72 TCM (CCH) 1193].
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Berger worked as a Certified Public Accountant (1980-1988), and as a transactional lawyer (1988-1994); as such, he continues to regularly advise clients on a variety of tax, health care and business related matters.
Professional Associations and Florida.
Mr. Berger is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (Member), Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, the California Society of Healthcare Attorneys, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Christian Legal Society, the Fresno County Bar Association and the State Bars of California and Florida.
Mr. Berger is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the States of California and Florida; the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; the United States District Court for the Central and Eastern Districts of California; and the United States Tax Court.
- E-mail: BruceB@smbblaw.com