Michael M. Berger is one of the top eminent domain and land use lawyers in the United States. His appellate practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips has involved condemnation, due process, and equal protection. He is the first practicing lawyer to receive the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize and is considered by his peers to be among the best takings lawyers in the nation.
Mr. Berger has argued four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as cases before appellate courts throughout California, numerous federal courts of appeal, and several state supreme courts. He is also a frequent author of amicus curiae briefs in various appellate courts, particularly the U.S. Supreme Court, pressing client interests in important pending cases. His energetic defense of property owners contributed major decisions to Fifth Amendment jurisprudence in cases such as Tahoe-Sierra (where Mr. Berger's opposing counsel was John Roberts, who is now Chief Justice of the United States), Del Monte Dunes, Preseault, and First English.
After attending Brandeis University, Mr. Berger received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law and his LL.M. (in real property) from the University of Southern California.