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Gov. Rick Snyder appoints Berger to Berrien County Trial Court

Friday, November 13, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Brian Berger, of St. Joseph, to the Berrien County Trial Court.

“Brian has demonstrated over a long career in both private practice and in the Berrien County Prosecutor’s office that he has the skill, demeanor, and work ethic necessary to succeed on the bench,” Snyder said. “I am confident Brian will continue his long record of stalwart service to the people of Berrien County in this new position.”

Berger is currently in private practice as owner and sole practitioner handling family law and criminal cases at the Berger Law Office. He started his legal career as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Berrien County and in 1987 joined the law firm of Butzbaugh & Ehrenberg in St. Joseph. He has extensive trial experience and is a court appointed mediator, serving the counties of Berrien, Cass and Van Buren. He is also active in the Rotary Club of St. Joseph-Benton Harbor. Berger earned a bachelor’s degree in arts from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law.

His appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Thomas E. Nelson. Berger will stand for election in 2016 and will have to run again in 2018 for a full six-year term.