Mitchell Berger bio

Mitchell W. Berger founded Berger Singerman in 1985 and serves as Co-Chair of the firm. He has over 30 years of successful representation in commercial disputes including Fortune 500 companies.
Representative Experience
Represented AT&T; The Adler Group, AOL Time Warner, Waste Management, Rinker Materials, Mastec, Econolodges of America, The Broadstone Group, Related Companies, Bank Espirito Santo International, Ltd., McGladrey & Pullen, Terranova, Valley Drug Company, Corrections Corporation of America, Hospital Corporations of America, Espirito Santo Bank, GEO, Oren Koules (owner of The Tampa Bay Lightning), and State of Florida Department of Financial Services. Additionally, Mitchell represented Vice President Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman in the post-2000 election Florida lawsuits in Bush v. Gore.
Professional and Community Involvement
Private Boards:
• Chair of the Student Loan Marketing Association (Presidential Appointment) (August, 1998 – July, 2001)
• Elected as Vice Chairman (1995-1996)
• Appointed as a Director (Presidential appointment) (March, 1994 – July, 2001)
• Oversaw initial privatization of the government sponsored enterprise
Public Boards and Commissions:
• Member of the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District, appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles and confirmed by the Florida State Senate (1997 to March, 2001)
• Chair, Audit Committee of South Florida Water Management District (1999 to March, 2001)
• Member, Broward County Water Advisory Board (1999 to March, 2001)
• Member, Governors Commission for a Sustainable South Florida (1997-1999)
• Co-Chair Natural Resources Subcommittee
• Member, Florida Keys Advisory Board (1997-1999)
• Environmental Merit Award 2000 from the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 4, for appreciation and recognition of outstanding environmental stewardship – awarded to the District (2000)
• Member of the United States Small Business Agency Advisory Board (1996-1998)
• Commissioner on the Florida Environmental Commission. Appointed twice by Governor Lawton Chiles, and confirmed by the Florida State Senate (1991-1997)
• Member of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (1993-1995)
• Co-Chair of the Community Relations Committee for the Summit of the Americas, Miami, Florida. Appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles (1994)
• Member of President Clinton’s Transition Team, Personnel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior (1992-1993)
• Member of the Broward County Management Review Commission (1989-1991)
Charitable and Educational Boards:
• Member of the Board of Trustees Nova Southeastern University (November 2006 to present), Audit Committee, Strategic Planning Committee
• Member of the Board of Governors of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center (2002 to present)
• Member of the Board of Governors of Nova Southeastern University H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship (1991 to present)
• Member of the Advisory Board to the Master’s Program in Real Estate Development and Management being offered by Nova University (1989-1990)
• Member of the Board of Governors of Nova Southeastern University’s School of Oceanography
• Member of the Committee Regarding Fort Lauderdale Federal Courthouse (July 2009 to present)
• Member of the Federal Judicial Bar and Community Liaison Committee (June 2009 to present)
• Member of the Board of Visitors of Temple University School of Law (2001 to present)
• Trustee of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society (June 2008 to present)
• Member of the Task Force on Complex Civil Litigation (2006 – 2009)
• Member of the Jury Instructions Committee (2006 – 2009)
• Alumni Associate Member of the Trustee Committee on Development and Alumni Affairs of Lafayette College (May 2006 to 2009)
• Member of the Board of The Nature Conservancy of Florida (2001 to 2008)
• Chairman of the Fundraising Committee of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) 2008 Miami Host Committee
• Member of the Board of Trustees, North Broward Preparatory Schools (2006 to 2008)
• Member of the Florida Atlantic University Broward Advisory Board (1996 to 2001)
• Counsel to the Broward Community Health Purchasing Alliance (CHPA) (1994-2000)
• Member of the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County Capital Campaign Cabinet (1996-2000)
• Chairman of the Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chattanooga Bar Association (1982-1984)
Political:
• Co-Leader of the Campaign For Change (National Democratic Coordinated Campaign) (2008), Member of the National Finance Board of Obama Victory Fund (2008)
• Candidate as Presidential Elector (2004)
• Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee Battleground Victory Fund (2004)
• Co-Chair of the National Finance Board, Joe Lieberman For President (2004)
• Chair of the Federal Victory Fund, Democratic National Committee (2000)
• Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (2000)
• Candidate as Presidential Elector (2000)
• Senior Advisor to the Gore 2000 Campaign
• Finance Chair of the Florida Democratic Party (1994 to March, 1997, and 2001-2002)
• Co-Chair of the National Finance Council of National Democratic Committee (1994 to March, 1997)
• Presidential Elector (1996)
• Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (1996)
Awards & Recognition
• Chambers & Partners USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Litigation – General Commercial (2010-2013)
• Selected for the 2010 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame 2010 by Nova Southeastern University’s Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship
• Named one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Broward County by Gold Coast Magazine, 2009
• Named one of the top 10 Lawyers of the Decade by the South Florida Legal Guide
• AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
• Excellence Award from the South Florida Water Management District, 2001
• Co-Lawyer of the Year, National Law Journal, 2000
• While on the board of the South Florida Water Management District, the Board and the Agency received the Environmental Merit Award 2000 from the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 4, for appreciation and recognition of outstanding environmental stewardship
• Received the Humanitarian Tree of Life Award from the City of Hope
• The Best Lawyers in America® (2006-2015)
• South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers” (2007-2014)
• Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2014)
o Top 100 Miami (2014)
• Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite”
Articles & Presentations
• Articles
o The Constitutional Implications of Government Funding for Florida’s Primary Voting Process: Is It Constitutionally Permissible to Publicly Fund the Two Major Parties’ Primaries to the Exclusion of All Other Political Parties?, Mitchell W. Berger and Gregory A. Haile, 33 Nova L. Rev. 1 (Fall 2008).
o Cheney’s Claims Could Expose Him to Suit – Mitchell W. Berger and Gregory A. Haile. American Constitution Society For Law and Policy Blog (July 2, 2007).
o Passion for giving. Smart Business Magazine (January 2006).
o Attracting Bio-Tech Talent – Mitchell W. Berger, Smart Business (April 2006).
o Antitrust Law: Class Action Certification – Mitchell W. Berger and Rene Harrod, National Law Journal (July 11, 2005).
o Presidential Elections – The Right to Vote and Access to the Ballot, John B. Anderson, Mitchell W. Berger & Grace E. Robson, 29 Nova L. Rev. 3 (Spring, 2005).
o Election 2000: The Law of Tied Presidential Elections, Mitchell W. Berger & Candice Tobin, 26 Nova L. Rev. 3 (Spring, 2002).
o Comment: The Brethren, The Jurist, Temple University School of law, Vol. 2, Spring 1980.
o Freight Railroads: Too Little Too Late For a Deteriorating Industry?, The Jurist, Temple University School of Law, Vol. 1 Spring 1979.
Featured “In the News”
o Distinguished Attorney, Mitchell Berger: ‘To Do Well, You Must Do Good,’ South Florida Legal Guide (2010)
Presentations
o Keynote Speaker, “A Legal Legacy,” Global Entrepreneurship Week, The Launch Pad, University of Miami’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, Miami, FL (November 2011)
o Distinguished Lecturer at Nova Southeastern H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship
o Guest lecturer at Washington University
o Guest lecturer at University of Florida
o Guest lecturer at Temple University
o Guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University
Admitted to Practice
o Florida
o New Jersey
o Tennessee
o U.S. Supreme Court
o U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits
o U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, Eastern District of Tennessee and District of New Jersey
o U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
o U.S. Court of Federal Claims
o U.S. Tax Court
Education
o J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law
o Member of the Law Quarterly
o B.A., magna cum laude, Lafayette College
o Member of Omicron Delta Epsilon and The International Economics Honor Society