About

David Berger is a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. David is the third generation of a Los Angeles family, and the first generation to obtain a post-graduate degree. David, an immigrant, has lived in Los Angeles since 1989, and is married with two children. David holds law degrees from the University of London and Loyola Law School Los Angeles. 

By the time of the March 2020 Primary Election David will have 24 years of experience at the District Attorney's Office and has ethically, effectively, and fairly handled almost every type of case. David has endorsements from Judges, Defense Attorneys and Prosecutors, all of whom know him to be an excellent candidate for the role of a Judge.

Rehabilitation not Retribution
David was chosen to be the District Attorney's Office Alternative Sentencing Designee, where he worked with Judges, Public Defenders, and Rehabilitation Programs to place suitable non-violent candidates into intensive programs through the Community Collaborative Courts, including:
  • Drug Court
  • Veteran's Court 
  • Co-Existing Disorders Court
  • Second Chance Womens' Re-Entry Courts
You rarely see ceremonies and celebrations in a courtroom
but Graduation Day in Drug Court is such an important event
that lawyers, judges, and graduates drop the formality and celebrate
the successes of people who have changed their lives for the better.
These programs give offenders the opportunity, guidance, and support to change their lives, to help them escape the revolving door of the criminal justice system, and to encourage them to become productive members of society. 

Juvenile Justice - Reform or Refocus?
Reforms to the criminal justice system for the most part are focused on adults who are already incarcerated. Many of them have records that stretch back to the time when they were juveniles. The goal of the juvenile system is to rehabilitate young offenders and David's experience in the criminal justice system has convinced him that he can best continue his career in public service by becoming a judge in the juvenile courts. It is there that a judge has the opportunity to change the lives of young people.

Inspiration
As a child, two of the biggest influences on David's life were fictional characters in tv shows - Perry Mason in America, and Rumpole of the Bailey in England.


Both were champions for truth and justice, and that was a powerful influence on David in his younger years. The appeal of a career where one could seek truth and justice, fight for the underdog, and speak on behalf of those who could not speak for themselves, were ultimately what caused David to pursue a career in the law.

Education
To be an effective advocate for truth and justice one has to have good oratory skills. Simply put, you are not going to be much of an advocate if you are afraid of speaking in public. While in the Secondary School (the English equivalent of America High School), David enrolled in his school's Public Speaking Society.

David's participation in his school's Public Speaking Society
earned him a place in the finals of the English Speaking Union Competition
(David is seated center sporting a ridiculously large bow tie
David swiftly overcame the apprehension many people have of speaking in front of an audience. He quickly developed the ability not only to marshal his thoughts into persuasive arguments, but to also respond to and overcome counter-arguments from his opponents.

University of London - Graduation Day 
Success in debate and decent enough school grades, allowed David to study law at the University of London, earning him a LL.B in Laws with Upper Second Class Honors at graduation.

Loyola Law School - Graduation Day
When the opportunity for David to emigrate to the United States presented itself, David's resolve to pursue a career in law required him to complete a semester at an approved law school in order to establish eligibility to take the California Bar Exam. David enrolled at Loyola Law School and after a semester, decided to continue his studies and earned a JD in Law on graduation. David took and passed the California Exam on his first attempt.

While studying at Loyola, David worked as an intern at the District Attorneys' Office and was offered a position as a Salaried Law Clerk which led to him being hired as a Deputy District Attorney by then District Attorney Gil Garcetti.

David and his wife (left and right) with DA Gil Garcetti (center)

David had remained at the District Attorney's Office ever since that time, and has amassed a wealth experience that he feels can now best be used as Judge of the Superior Court.

If you have any questions about David, please use the 'Contact' page to send a message to him.