james berg

James S. Berg

Attorney

Areas of Practice: Lawsuits & Legislation, Agricultural Law

Contact Info

509-457-1515 x108
jsberg@lbplaw.com

About James

Jim Berg is a civil trial lawyer, with extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants since he began practicing law in 1977.  He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and an associate member of the American Bar of Trial Advocates. He has tried civil cases in Yakima, Benton, Klickitat, Chelan, Clallam and Island County Superior Courts, as well as the United States District Court for both the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington. In addition, Mr. Berg has argued before the Washington Court of Appeals, the Washington Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. His trial experience spans many fields, including insurance defense and coverage, personal injury, premises liability, breach of contract, agriculture, business, and estate disputes.

Education

Mr. Berg graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle. He then attended law school at the Willamette University College of Law in Salem, OR. While in law school, Mr. Berg was an editorial staff member of the Willamette Law Review.

Licensure & Associations

Washington State Bar Association

  • Member, Since 1977
  • Served on WSBA’s Court Rules & Procedures Committee, 1997-1999,
  • Served on Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, 1993-2003 & 2005-2006
  • Contributing author to the Washington Legal Ethics Deskbook, 2003.

U.S District Court of the Eastern District of Washington

  • Member, Since 1978
  • Participated on merit selection panel for an open judgeship which resulted in the appointment of Magistrate Judge Lonny R. Suko, 2002

U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington

  • Member, Since 1985
  • Speaker, DRI State & Local Defense Association Annual Convention, 2000
  • Received Exceptional Speaker Citation, 2002-2003

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • Member, Since 1986

Yakima County Bar Association

  • Member, Since 1977

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

  • Member, Since 1982
  • Speaker, DRI State & Local Defense Association Annual Convention, 2000
  • Received Exceptional Speaker Citation, 2002-2003

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association (WDTLA)

  • Member, Since 1982
  • Board of Trustees, 1997 – 2004
  • President, 2002 - 2003

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate Member since 2003

  • Associate Member, Since 2003
      Community Service
      Professional Awards & Acknowledgments

      Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Mr. Berg as having an AV Rating (the highest rating). He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), both of which are invitation-only organizations. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics magazine many times.

      Personal Activities

      Jim Berg was born and raised in Seattle, but has lived in Yakima since 1979. He and his wife, Anne, remain active skiers and fly fishers. Mr. Berg also enjoys bird hunting and other outdoor activities. While in college at the University of Washington, Mr. Berg was a four year letterman of the tennis team.

      Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Board of Trustees

      • Member, since 2008
      • Chairman, 2014-2016

      Downtown Rotary Club of Yakima

      • Member, since 1986
      •  Board of Directors, 1990-1992
      •  President, 2007-2008

      Yakima Rotary Trust, Board of Directors

      • Member, since 2007
      •  President, 2009-2011

      Yakima YMCA

      • Board of Directors, 1987-1992

      Provident Industries, Board of Directors

      • Member, 2001-2007
      • President, 2006-2007

      St. Elisabeth’s Medical Center

      • Community Board of Directors, 1990-1992

      Yakima Tennis Club

      • Board of Directors and President