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Chicago, IL 60601

Richard C. Berra

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Contact Information

Suite 202
155 Bovet Road
San Mateo 94402
Work (650) 349-9920
Fax (650) 349-9907

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Mr. Berra has concentrated his practice during the last 40+ years on the resolution of the complex business, property and support issues involved in marital dissolution cases. For the last 20 years, Berra has been emphasizing the use of mediation as a means of settling marital disputes which often result in less cost to his clients, reduce friction and less acrimony. A substantial portion (approximately 70%) of Mr. Berra's practice now is concentrated in private judging of family law matters, the remainder is mediation. Mr. Berra has lectured on the subject of complex marital settlements to lawyer and other professional groups, Mr. Berra has been certified as a specialist in family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California since 1981. He is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Family Law Section of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California and the San Mateo County Bar Association. He is also the Past President of the San Mateo County Bar Association (1986) and is the Past President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers of Northern California for 1997 and 1998.


Private Judging and Mediation


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  • Santa Clara, California


•J.D. - University of California, Hastings College of the Law •M.A. - San Francisco State University •B.A. - Stanford University

Legal Organizations

Member: San Mateo County Bar Assn., Family Law Section, President, 1986.


Listed, ''The Best Lawyers in America'' 1989-2017.

CLE Presentations

Frequent Lecturer, California CLE Programs and Northern California AAML Symposium.

AAML Chapter

Northern California Chapter, President, 1998-1999; Treasurer, 1996-1997; Secretary, 1995-1996.

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