Michael J. Berger

Michael J. Berger: Attorney with Law Offices of Michael Jay Berger AV stamp icon
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With over 32 years of bankruptcy law experience, Michael Jay Berger, Attorney at Law, represents clients in bankruptcy proceedings throughout Southern California. Mr. Berger is a certified bankruptcy law specialist, as determined by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. As of May, 2012 only 124 attorneys in the State of California were designated as certified specialists in the area of bankruptcy law. Mr. Berger has attained the highest possible rating of "AV," indicating preeminent legal ability and highest ethical standards in the practice of law from Martindale Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys. Mr. Berger represents both debtors and creditors in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy cases. Please view the Firm Overview page of this website for a more detailed description of Mr. Berger's practice areas.

Mr. Berger received Juris Doctor Degree, with Honors, from the University of California, Hastings in 1981 and joined the California Bar later that year. He also graduated with Honors with a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1978. Mr. Berger is also a Mensa, certified genius, with the intellectual ability to craft creative solutions to even the most difficult legal problems.

Mr. Berger began practicing bankruptcy law with Rifkind & Sterling in 1981. He then established his own firm in 1983. Mr. Berger has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Beverly Hills Municipal Court and as an Arbitrator for the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He also served as an Editor of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Journal. He maintains active membership in the Beverly Hills Bar Association Bankruptcy Section, the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, the California Bankruptcy Forum, the Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys' Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

If you are considering bankruptcy and would like to discuss the specifics of your case, please contact our offices immediately for a free initial consultation by email, or at (310) 271-6223. We will respond to your call or e-mail promptly.

Phi Alpha Delta; Order of the Coif. Member: Thurston Honor Society; National Honor Society; Hasting College of Law, University of California Law Review. Captain, Duke Debate Team. Chairman, North Carolina Public Interest Research Group. Former Judge Pro Tem, Beverly Hills Municipal Court. Editor, Beverly Hills Bar Association Journal. Attorney and Managing Partner, Berger & Stolar, Inc., 1983-1996. Attorney, Rifkind, Sterling & Levin, 1981-1983. I am a Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law*. I have achieved the highest rating for legal ability in Martindale-Hubbell with 30 years of experience in solving bankruptcy problems.

(Certified Specialist, Bankruptcy Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization)

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Bankruptcy
  • Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Bankruptcy
  • Foreclosures
  • Consumer Credit Law
  • Debt Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
877-921-0774  Phone
310-722-8465  Cell Phone
310-271-9805  Fax
University Attended:
Duke University, B.A., English, with honors, 1978
Law School Attended:
Hastings College of Law, University of California, J.D., with honors, 1981
Year of First Admission:
1981, California
Beverly Hills Bar Association (Member, Bankruptcy Section; Former Arbitrator); State Bar of California; Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum; California Bankruptcy Forum; Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys' Association; American Bankruptcy Institute.
Armenian and Cambodian and English and Hebrew and Korean and Russian and Spanish
Birth Information:
Savannah, Georgia, March 28, 1957
( Certified Specialist, Bankruptcy Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization )
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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