David W. Berry
David Berry is recognized by his peers as one of Sonoma County’s best trial lawyers. He has earned numerous awards and distinctions, including
being selected as one of Northern California’s Rising Stars in the legal community, an honor only a handful of lawyers receive.
Mr. Berry’s practice focuses on resolving business, real estate, and construction defect disputes. He consistently obtains outstanding
results for clients. His courtroom success helps him settle cases on advantageous terms for his clients. He has achieved numerous multi-million
dollar settlements while defending and settling multi-million dollar claims for cents on the dollar.
In addition to serving clients, Mr. Berry is a recognized leader in the Sonoma County community. His business success and leadership led the
North Bay Business Journal twice to recognize him: in its 2010 Who’s Who in Law issue, and in 2008 as one of forty exceptional business leaders
under forty years of age in Sonoma, Marin, and Napa Counties. In 2009, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce selected Mr. Berry to attend its
year-long Leadership Santa Rosa program, which is a business-minded leadership program he completed.
Mr. Berry serves the community. He was president of Legal Aid of Sonoma County, and a long-term board member. In 2009, he formed the idea for
a Real Property Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association, which he subsequently helped found. He was its inaugural chairman. He has other
broad-ranging community service, including being on the board of the Sonoma County Bar Association, a member of the American Inns of Court, a
member of the Bench/Bar Committee of the Sonoma County Bar Association, and a member of the Santa Rosa Active 20-30 Club, which helps underprivileged
children in our community.
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1995)
Hastings Law Journal, Member.
- University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1992;
Recipient of the Student Life Achievement Award, 1992)
- Legal Aid of Sonoma County (president, 2005; director, 2001-2005).
- Leadership Santa Rosa, Class 25 Member.
- Sonoma County Bar Association, Real Property Section (inaugural chairman).
- Sonoma County Bar Association (board of directors member, 2009-2011).
- American Inns of Court
(Richard M. Sangster Chapter).
- State Bar of California.
- Santa Rosa Active 20-30 Club
- California (1995)
- United States District Court, Northern District of California (2000)
- United States District Court, Southern District of California (2004)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2000)
Speaking / Teaching Experience
Real Property Update, General Issues. Seminar on May 30, 2012, presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
Show Me the Money: Hot Issues in Construction Defects. Seminar on April 27, 2012, presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
Real Property Update, Adverse Possession. Seminar on March 26, 2010, presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
Real Property Update: Foreclosure. Seminar on March 15, 2010, presented to the Sonoma County Legal Secretary Association.
Evidence Code § 1119: What You Don’t Know About It Will Hurt You. Presented with Hon. William Bettinelli on February 26, 2009.
Law of Easements: Legal Issues and Practical Considerations in California. Day-long seminar presented with three other experts in 2007 and 2008.
When Your Commercial Building Is A Lemon.
Published with W. Barton Weitzenberg and Patrick W. Emery in the Best of the North Bay issue of NorthBay Biz magazine, 2007.
Buying Property Can Pose Substantial Risks. Published in the Business
Section of the Press Democrat, May 14, 2007.
Drawing The Line, an article about property issues and rights published in NorthBay Biz magazine, June 2006.
Asserting Your Rights In A Neighborly Way. Published in the Business Section of the Press Democrat, June 19, 2006.
Northern California Rising Star,
which identifies Mr. Berry as one of the top trial attorneys in Sonoma County, as selected by Super Lawyers, 2009 and 2010.
Who's Who in Law. North Bay Business Journal, published on March 29, 2010.
Leadership Santa Rosa graduate, 2009. This is a year-long educational program for selected community leaders and is intended to develop and equip class members via
exposure to pertinent issues, broad thinkers and the richness of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County.
Forty under 40 recipient. Selected by North Bay Business Journal
as one of the forty exceptional business leaders under forty years of age in Sonoma, Marin, and Napa Counties.