Robert Berk

Partner

Arizona

   

rberk@jshfirm.com
TEL: 602.263.1781
FAX: 602.200.7818
Legal Assistant: Kathy Kleinschmidt
602.263.1781
kkleinschmidt@jshfirm.com

Bob Berk’s practice focuses on representing both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial/contract litigation, defending professionals, coverage litigation, and ADR. He also is available to mediate and arbitrate commercial/contract disputes. During his 35-plus-year career, Bob has litigated almost every type of dispute, from basic collection actions to complex corporate matters. He has tried numerous cases, including breach of contract, defamation, trade secrets, landlord-tenant, trade secrets, title insurance and insurance coverage. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, which requires, as a condition of membership, a minimum number of jury trials to verdict, and he has been consistently recognized as one of the top commercial litigators in Arizona.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • USLAW Network, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member, Legal Malpractice Subcommittee
  • Arizona Superior Court, Maricopa County, Judge Pro Tem, 2004-present
  • Professional Liability Attorney Network (PLAN), Member
  • Arizona State Bar, Board Member, Fee Arbitration Committee, 1993-2000

Professional Recognition & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Insurance Law, Litigation – Insurance; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2014-2021; Commercial Litigation, 2021
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Presentations & Publications

Bob frequently speaks at conferences and seminars, including the State Bar of Arizona Convention, USLAW Conferences and PLAN Conferences. Additional presentations and publications include:

  • Living Through Change: How the New Civil Practice Rules Are Working, and How They Will Affect You,” Co-Presenter, State Bar of Arizona Convention, June 2019
  • “Current Issues In Professional Liability,” Co-Presenter, February 2019
  • “Mediation Options and Strategies,” PLAN CLE Workshop, May 2018
  • “Legal Malpractice Strategies (And A Little Music Trivia),” Presenter, AADC CLE Retreat, June 2016
  • “How to Avoid the Hot Seat: Good Claims Handling in Arizona,” Presenter, JSH Annual Seminar: It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Hurt, November 2014
  • Arizona Court of Appeals Expands, Then Narrows, Anti-Deficiency Protection,” Author, JSH Reporter, Fall 2014
  • “Advice For New Associates From a Partner’s Perspective,” Presenter, AADC YLD, April 2014
  • “Rapid Fire Drill: AZ Case Law Updates,” Presenter, JSH Seminar, October 2013

Teaching Experience

  • Arizona State Bar Professional Responsibility Course, Instructor, 2005-2009

Education

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, J.D., 1985
Arizona State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1982

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1985
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit