Adam represents individuals who have suffered wrongful death or serious personal injury due to medical malpractice and other causes; employment class actions for wage and hour violations; and consumer class actions arising from deceptive advertising and unfair business practices. Adam Berger also represents people who have suffered personal harm or property damage as a result of environmental nuisances, water contamination, or exposure to toxic chemicals. Along with three of his partners at SGB, Adam received the 2013 Award of Merit, the highest honor from the Washington State Bar Association for his pro bono work representing Governor Gregoire in support of the Affordable Care Act.
Adam has been an attorney with Schroeter Goldmark & Bender since 1999. Prior to joining the firm, he was an attorney with the non-profit law firm Earthjustice for more than eight years, representing clients in environmental lawsuits throughout the Pacific Northwest. Adam has volunteered as an attorney with the World Wildlife Fund in Vietnam and was a law clerk for the Honorable Mark L. Wolf of the federal district court for Massachusetts.
Recently, along with other SGB attorneys, Adam has represented the governor of Washington on a pro bono basis in litigation challenging the constitutionality of federal health care reform, and successfully defended the Washington Department of Labor & Industries’ increase in the state minimum wage in 2011. Adam was profiled in a chapter of Beyond the Big Firm: Profiles of Lawyers Who Want Something More, by Alan B. Morrison & Diane T. Chin (2007), and has been named a Washington Super Lawyer since 2004.
- $2.2 million class action settlements for owners of vehicles impounded by City of Seattle and Washington State Patrol.
- $1.8 million medical malpractice settlement for woman who suffered permanent brain damage from an undiagnosed intracerebral aneurysm.
- $6.5 million in judgments and settlements in employee class actions for failure to pay overtime wages for drive time in company vehicles.
- $1.2 million judgment for armored car messengers and drivers in employee class action for failure to provide rest and meal breaks.
- $1.7 million settlement for individual suffering traumatic brain injury when his vehicle was hit by a stolen city bus.
- Confidential medical malpractice settlements for delayed diagnoses of cervical cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer.
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- Harvard University, A.B., magna cum laude, 1985
- Yale Law School, J.D., 1989
- Washington State
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
- U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Supreme Court
Professional and Civic Involvement
- Member, American Association for Justice and Washington State Association for Justice
- Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
- Sacajawea Elementary PTA, Executive Committee (2007–2010)
- William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court, Executive Committee (2005–2007)
- Board member, Washington Environmental Council (2001–2007)
- Washington Trout Conservation Award for Professional Excellence (1998)
- Speaker at numerous continuing legal education seminars on class action and wrongful death cases