Admissions

  • California
  • All Federal Courts in California
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), J.D., 2006

Yale University, B.A.

  • Cum Laude
  • Honors in the Major

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by The Recorder in 2012 as a "Lawyer on the Fast Track," one of the top 50 attorneys in California under 10 years of practice (2012)
  • 2012 California Lawyer Magazine Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award (2012)
  • Named a finalist for the 2011 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award by the Consumer Attorneys of California (2011)
  • Honored as a Northern California "Super Lawyer," by Northern California Super Lawyers and San Francisco Magazine (2013-2015), and “Rising Star” (2009-2012)
  • Named a finalist for the 2008 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award by the Consumer Attorneys of California (2008)

Clerkships

  • Clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California

Justin T. Berger is a Principal at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, where he focuses on false claims act litigation, consumer protection, financial elder abuse, employment law, and other complex civil litigation.

Justin has been recognized as one of the top young litigators in California. Justin was named in The Recorder’s "Lawyers on the Fast Track," as one of the top 50 attorneys in California with less than 10 years of practice. In 2012, Justin received a California Lawyer Magazine Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, along with Niall McCarthy. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Justin has been selected as a Northern California “Super Lawyer" by San Francisco Magazine, and from 2009 to 2012, was named as a “Rising Star.” In 2008, Justin was selected as a finalist for the 2008 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award by the Consumer Attorneys of California, for his work on Komarova v. National Credit Acceptance.

Justin specializes in representing whistleblowers in qui tam actions under the federal and California False Claims Acts. In 2015, Justin helped recover $75.5 million for taxpayers from VMware, Inc., in a qui tam suit alleging misrepresentations to the federal General Services Administration (GSA). In 2013, Justin recovered $19.4 million from Diagnostic Laboratories, Inc., the largest provider of laboratory and x-ray services to nursing homes on the West Coast, in a case brought by two whistleblowers under the False Claims Act. In 2011, Justin was selected as a finalist for Consumer Attorney of the Year along with Niall McCarthy, for their work in recovering a record $300 million on behalf of the State of California in a case brought under the California False Claims Act against Quest Diagnostics and other medical laboratories.

Justin received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, graduating Cum Laude, with Honors in the Major. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). At Boalt, Justin was a member of the California Law Review and the LAS-ELC Workers’ Rights Clinic. In addition, through Boalt’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, Justin served on the trial team that successfully prosecuted the case Yean and Bosico v. Dominican Republic before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Following law school, Justin clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California.

Prior to law school, Justin served for two years as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador. Justin also served for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at Casa Cornelia Law Center, a non-profit immigration law firm in San Diego. Justin is fluent in Spanish.

Justin is a past-President of the San Mateo County Barristers, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Housing and Economic Rights Advocates. Justin is a member of the San Mateo County Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, American Business Trial Lawyers, and the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association.

Community/Civic Activities

Northern California Peace Corps Association

San Mateo County Barristers (President)

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

Publications

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

California Bar Association

San Mateo County Bar Association

Consumer Attorneys of California

American Business Trial Lawyers

San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Taxpayers Against Fraud

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