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. In 2016, Justin was named by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” attorneys in California. In 2012, 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. Each year since 2013, 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.”
Justin specializes in representing individuals who have been wrongfully terminated by their employers, whistleblowers in qui tam actions under the federal and California False Claims Acts, and other high-profile cases of corporate fraud.
Justin also represents employees, homeowners and consumers in class actions. 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 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 the President 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.