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Michael Berger

Michael Berger

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA




Michael M. Berger is a lecturer in law at USC Gould School of Law. His half-century practice has focused on real property litigation. He is certified as an appellate specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and co-chairs the Appellate Practice Group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Berger has briefed and argued four property rights cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, participated in numerous other cases in that Court as amicus curiae, and argued cases in a multitude of state supreme courts and federal appellate courts. Berger’s concentration on property issues began when he received his LLM from USC in 1968 for work in real property.

Known as one of California’s pre-eminent appellate lawyers, Berger is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and was a founder and past-president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Berger has been honored by property rights organizations (like Owners Counsel of America and the William & Mary Property Rights Project) for his decades of dedicated service toward the development of property law. In addition to his regular appellate court practice, Berger is a frequent contributor to legal journals and regularly appears on continuing legal education panels for practicing lawyers. For his years of service to the bar in the latter capacity, the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Legal Education presented Berger with the Harrison Tweed Award for Special Merit in CLE. Berger has taught takings, land use, and procedural law at Loyola Law School, the University of Miami Law School, and Washington University Law School, in addition to USC. He is currently serving as an Advisor on the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Property – Fourth.
 

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Washington Post
January 10, 2018
Re: Niels W. Frenzen

Niels Frenzen was quoted on how federal courts weigh the content of President Donald Trump's tweets. “We’ve never had a president tweeting like this,” Frenzen said. “You have these extreme public statements that are shedding light on the motivation of the president in regard to why he is directing Cabinet secretaries to engage in these actions. The courts are saying these are fair game.”

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