Michael H. Berger
Date of Judicial Appointment: December 17, 2013
Career: Husch Blackwell LLP (partner 2011 through 2013); Jacobs Chase LLP (partner 2007 until 2011); Koff Corn & Berger P.C. (member and shareholder 1982 to 2007.) Practice focused on complex commercial litigation, appeals, and legal ethics. Law clerk to Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Edward E. Pringle (1975-76.)
Education: Cornell University, B.S.(1972). University of Colorado School of Law, J.D. (1975.)
Bar Admissions: Colorado (1975); United States District Court for the District of Colorado (1975); United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (1978); Supreme Court of the United States (1978).
Teaching: Visiting Lecturer in Law, University of Colorado School of Law, 1978-79; frequent CLE presenter on legal ethics
Professional Activities: Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure (Chair, 2014 to present; member 1996 to 2012); Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure (2001 to present); Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct (2001 to present; chair of subcommittee on ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct 2003-2008); Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee (Chair 1991-92, member 1986 to present); Colorado Bar Association Amicus Brief Committee (Chair 2008-2013, member 2003 to 2013.)
Honors and Awards: American College of Trial Lawyers (Judicial Fellow); Colorado Bar Association Award of Merit (2013.)
Publications: “Preservation of the Attorney-Client Privilege: Using Agents and Intermediaries to Obtain Legal Advice,” The Colorado Lawyer, May 2001, Vol. 30, No. 5; Report and Recommendations Concerning the American Bar Association Ethics 2000 Model Rules of Professional Conduct” issued by the Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, December 30, 2005 (co-authored with Marcy G. Glenn, Esq.) available at http://www.courts.state.co.us/supct/committees/profconductdocs/sc-standingcommreport.pdf; “The New Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct—A Survey of the Most Important Changes,” The Colorado Lawyer, August 2007 (co-authored with Marcy G. Glenn, Esq.); “The Duty of Confidentiality: Legal Ethics and the Attorney-Client and Work Product Privileges,” The Colorado Lawyer, January 2009 (co-authored with Kathryn A. Reilly);”Inadvertent Disclosure of Confidential or Privileged Information”, The Colorado Lawyer, January 2011 (co-authored with Ann T. Lebeck); “The Ethical Preparation of Witnesses,” The Colorado Lawyer, May 2013
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