Harvey Berger is a founding partner of Pope, Berger & Williams, LLP. For over 30 years, Harvey has represented individuals, insurance companies, small businesses and billion dollar corporations in all aspects of civil litigation. Many of his clients have stayed with him for over a decade. His specialty is employment law, both representing employees and defending employers in lawsuits, class actions, mediations, arbitrations and labor commissioner hearings. He also provides personnel advice and counsel to avoid litigation.
Harvey Berger obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1974 and a Masters in Management from M.I.T. Sloan School of Management in 1976. After working for several years as a personnel manager and labor relations consultant, Harvey graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1981.
Harvey has been voted by The San Diego Daily Transcript as one of the Top (10) Employment Attorneys in San Diego County, by other employment lawyers, for years 2005 through 2008, 2012 and 2014. Harvey has been selected as one of San Diego’s “Super Lawyers” each year from 2007 – 2015. He was also selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America each year from 2008 – 2014 through Best Lawyers, as well as one of San Diego’s Best Lawyers each year from 2008 -2014.
Harvey has lectured to statewide attorney organizations as well as to businesses throughout the Southern California area on wage and hour issues, sexual harassment and management issues. He is a Chapter Author of Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by-State Survey, as well as the 2008 Cumulative Supplement and co-author of a book on USERRA. Harvey is an arbitrator for AAA and privately arbitrates and mediates cases upon request.
Harvey is active in various bar associations and legal organizations. He has been co-chair of the San Diego County Bar Association Labor & Employment Committee for 2012 and 2013. He was on the Wage and Hour Committee of CELA and was chair of its Bench-Bar Committee. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Lawyer Referral Information Service (LRIS) from 2009 – 2013, and was the chair of that committee from 2012 – 2013. He is a volunteer for the San Diego County Bar Association Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act committee, for which he appears pro bono on behalf of active duty military service members who are sued in court.