Mr. Berger is regarded as an "exceptional" real estate lawyer and is valued for his "technical expertise in dealing with compex real estate debt issues."Chambers USA 2013

Don Berger


Don Berger retired from Partnership on December 31, 2014. Mr. Berger's practice primarily involved the representation of clients in the following areas:

  • Real property financing, acquisition, development, entitlement, construction and leasing
  • Real estate workout and restructuring transactions

Mr. Berger also counseled property owners, developers, financial institutions and industrial companies regarding development and land use issues. He worked extensively with local, state and federal governmental agencies in connection with the siting, entitlement and permitting of major real estate development and industrial projects. Areas in which Mr. Berger has developed substantial expertise include:

  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Endangered species issues  
  • Redevelopment and re-use of large agriculture and industrial properties
  • Vesting of entitlements, including the establishment and transfer of development rights

Mr. Berger was listed in the 2010 Best Lawyers in America survey in the Real Estate Law category. In addition, he was recognized as a leading real estate attorney in the 2011 and 2008 Chambers USA legal guide.

A list of Mr. Berger’s publications included:

  • Environmental Aspects of Real Estate Transactions (Chapter Author, American Bar Association, 2003)
  • Saved by Development, Arje Press, 1997 (Chapter Author)
  • Air Quality and Land Use Regulation, Land Use & Environment Forum, Winter 1994
  • Putting Transfer of Development Rights to Work in California, Solano Press, 1993 (Chapter Author and Editor)
  • Education
    • JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1982
    • BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1979
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