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Deputy District Attorney David Berger has 20 years experience fighting violent crime and standing up for victims in Los Angeles, and now he wants to take that experience to the bench as a Superior Court Judge. "In my career as a prosecutor I've tackled every kind of crime; from misdemeanors to murders," Berger said, "and I have always treated all parties concerned, whether they be victims, witnesses, law enforcement officers, or defense attorneys with respect, but also with a firm and fair hand that ensures that justice is served." he said. 

David Berger is the third generation of a Los Angeles family, and the first generation to obtain a post-graduate degree. A Loyola Law School graduate, he still volunteers there by coaching trial advocacy students. Berger has lived in Los Angeles since 1989, and is married with two children. Berger holds law degrees from the University of London and Loyola Law School Los Angeles. During his second year at Loyola, Berger started an externship at the LA County District Attorney's Office as a Certified Law Clerk. Berger was the first Certified Law Clerk to conduct a multi-count felony jury trial, securing six guilty verdicts for residential burglary. After graduating from Loyola, Berger was hired as a Salaried Law Clerk, assigned to the prestigious Major Crimes Division where he worked until being hired as a Deputy District Attorney.

Recently Berger prosecuted a case where a 75 year old 'Mom and Pop' store owner was savagely beaten by two thugs during a robbery. The victim, a cancer survivor, died just before trial as a result of his illness, and Berger was faced with prosecuting the case without the main witness – the victim. The case was further complicated when one of the two thugs died during a high-speed police pursuit after committing another crime while out on bail. "The jury were not allowed to hear about the pursuit and death of that person" Berger said. Despite those difficulties Berger convicted the defendant and secured a maximum sentence. "I felt it was important for the family of the victim to receive some closure from this horrible crime" Berger said, adding that "this was probably one of the hardest cases I have ever prosecuted."

Berger's experience goes beyond crimes of violence. Berger was a top prosecutor in the Major Fraud Division where he successfully convicted fraudsters who preyed on those least able to protect themselves. "Flashy, fast-talking conmen devastate the lives of elderly victims by taking what is most precious to them – their financial security," Berger said, "and it was my job to put those sociopaths behind bars for as long as possible."

In 2011, Berger was assigned to the Beverly Hills Area Office as Trial/Calendar deputy in Department 2 at the Beverly Hills Courthouse. That courtroom was presided over by the Hon. Judge Elden S. Fox – a veteran jurist who, coincidentally, had been the first judge Berger appeared before when he became a Deputy District Attorney. In 2013, the Beverly Hills Courthouse was closed for criminal cases and Judge Fox's court was transferred to the Airport Courthouse. Similarly, Berger too was transferred to the Airport and has continued to be assigned to Judge Fox's courtroom. Judge Fox has announced his retirement after 25 years on the bench and has wholeheartedly endorsed Berger to continue his tradition of treating all who appear before him fairly and respectfully.

In addition to prosecuting violent crimes, Berger is also the Alternative Sentencing Court Designee at the Airport Courthouse. The Alternative Sentencing Courts are a collaborative effort between the Superior Court, the offices of the Public Defender, Alternate Public Defender, and District Attorney where suitable non-violent offenders are identified and offered intensive programs designed to offer a meaningful rehabilitation and recovery to those with substance abuse and/or mental health issues. In 2016 the Alternative Sentencing Courts were expanded to include Community Collaborative Courts at four courthouses throughout the County, where access to Veteran's Courts, Co-Existing Disorders Courts, and the Second Chance Womens' Re-entry Courts, has been made county-wide. The experience and knowledge of the alternatives to traditional sentencing and incarceration provides Berger with a unique perspective and training that he can bring to the criminal justice system.

Berger started his campaign to become Judge in 2015 and immediately gained the support of his boss, District Attorney Jackie Lacey, as well as former DA Steve Cooley who said “He is very smart, principled, and sees the dynamics of complex situations. He is also courageous.”  Berger is endorsed by the Association of Deputy District Attorney, the Professional Peace Officers Association, and over 60 Judges, Attorneys and Civic Leaders all of whom believe Berger has what it takes to make an outstanding judge. Berger is endorsed by the Metropolitan News-Enterprise and the LA Times, who said, "It is clear that David Berger possesses credential far exceeding those of any of his rivals.” and "Berger is the best choice."

UPDATED FOLLOWING THE RESULTS OF THE JUNE 7, 2016 PRIMARY
The 5-way race for Office No. 158 guaranteed one thing - no candidate would receive 50% plus one vote to win the election outright. Voters had to choose between 5 candidates, all with varying degrees of experience. 3 of the five candidates were prosecutors and they received a combined total of 53% of votes cast. David Berger received the most votes of any prosecutor, more than enough to win a place in the November 8, 2016 runoff election.

Voters will have a much easier task in selecting the best candidate in November with only two candidates to chose between. One, David Berger, has vast experience of the Los Angeles Superior Court having tried numerous cases before juries and judges. The other candidate has never tried a case before a jury and judge in their entire career. Experience counts, and in the race for Judge of the Superior Court, David Berger is the only candidate who has the experience of trying cases in Superior Court.