MIAMI - Bruce J. Berman, a partner in McDermott Will & Emery's Miami's office, was recently honored to be asked to join the faculty for this year's Annual Business Program of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges held in June in Orlando. An experienced commercial trial lawyer and respected legal author, Mr. Berman lectured to more than 100 Florida circuit judges on how to rule when confronted with pretrial motions challenging the state trial courts' jurisdiction or venue in civil actions.
In addition to his extensive experience in the courtroom, Mr. Berman is the author of Florida Civil Procedure (West Group), an annual treatise on Florida state court procedure which has been cited as an authority by Florida courts and has been hailed by judges, senior trial lawyers and legal scholars as a seminal work in its field. Mr. Berman has also been appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to several of its committees, most recently to the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, on which he is presently serving a second three-year term. He has also been appointed by successive presidents of The Florida Bar to both the Bar's Civil Procedure Rules Committee, on which he has sat since 1984, twice serving as its chair, and the Bar's Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, on which he served for 14 years, and which he also chaired.
Mr. Berman has a broad commercial trial and appellate practice covering diverse areas of civil litigation including, corporate, state and federal securities, intellectual property, health law, aviation, real estate and commercial lending, among others. He has tried jury and non-jury cases in federal and state courts, as well as contested trials in U.S. bankruptcy courts, and has handled appeals at all state and federal levels. Mr. Berman also has extensive experience in the arbitration of domestic and international disputes, both as attorney and as arbitrator, in addition to substantial mediation experience, both pre-litigation and in state and federal cases, in both trial and appellate courts, and has lectured on alternative dispute resolution utility, techniques and strategies in addition to trial certification issues.