Michael Berger

Michael T. Berger

Main Office: 248.489.4100
Direct Dial: 248.482.8776
Fax: 248.489.1726

Michael T. Berger is an Associate with extensive litigation and appellate experience and is well versed in the challenges that municipalities and their employees face in civil litigation. He began practicing law in 2013 and tried several cases within his first year of practice. He began representing municipal entities and their employees in 2015. Since then, Michael has successfully obtain a no-cause verdict in his clients’ favor at trial, has obtain summary judgment or disposition in his clients’ favor on many occasions, and has successfully advocated on behalf of his clients in the appellate courts. He has defended his municipal clients in civil rights matters, such as claims of excessive force, malicious prosecution, false arrest, denial of access to the courts, violations of the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause, violations of the Equal Protections Clause, violations of Procedural Due Process, and violations of Substantive Due Process, as well as defended his clients in general tort matters such as motor vehicle negligence, gross negligence, trip and falls, assault and battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Practice Areas

  • General Municipal Law
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
  • Insurance Defense

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2012
  • Michigan State University, B.S., Psychology, with an additional major in Political Science, 2009

Admitted to Practice

  • Michigan
  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Community Service

  • Served as an Attorney-Coach for Kalamazoo Central High School's Mock Trial Team, 2014-2015

Awards

  • Rated as a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers, 2018-2021
  • Rated as a Top Lawyer in Litigation by Michigan Top Lawyers, 2016

Publication

  • Considerations in Deposing a High-Ranking Official or Opposing the Deposition of a High-Ranking Official, State Bar of Michigan Litigation Journal, Summer 2018