Michael H. Berger to Receive Colorado Bar’s Highest Honor
DENVER—Michael H. Berger will be honored with the Colorado Bar Association’s highest honor, the Award of Merit, at the Colorado Bar Foundation’s Annual Bar Fellows Dinner on Friday, Jan. 10.
In the numerous letters of nominations that were received by the awards committee, the overwhelming praise was to Berger’s intelligence, analytical skill, and commitment to professionalism. Many described him as the definition of a “lawyer’s lawyer,” an extraordinary lawyer and person. His almost 40 years of service to the profession have been done quietly, without fanfare or self promotion.
“The CBA is comprised of many talented and dedicated lawyers who tirelessly work to improve our system of justice,” Berger said. “To receive this award from such an organization is a tremendous honor.”
Berger is a member of Husch Blackwell’s Financial Services team where he focuses on financial litigation while also handling commercial, appellate, employment and intellectual property litigation matters. He acts as a consultant in legal ethics matters and frequently serves as an expert witness, and is a frequent presenter of CLE programs in the areas of litigation and legal ethics and has authored a number of articles in the area of legal ethics. Berger is a past chair of the CBA Ethics Committee, current chair of the CBA Amicus Brief Committee, and a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct. He was recently appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve as a judge for the Colorado Court of Appeals.
“Each lawyer who has received the CBA's Award of Merit has been astonished: Why me? ” said Past Award of Merit winner Anthony van Westrum. “But I am sure there is no one — with Mike as the possible exception — who doubts that Michael Berger is entirely deserving of this Award. Everyone who knows him knows of the constant, quiet, thoroughly competent services he renders to the Association and for the good of the law and the legal system in Colorado. Even the Governor knows that, for he has just elevated Mike to the Court of Appeals.”
The Award of Merit, the association’s highest honor, is given annually to a member for outstanding service to the association, the legal profession, the administration of justice and the community. Berger and CBA Young Lawyers Division’s Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award recipient Benjamin E. Currier will be honored at the Colorado Bar Foundation’s Annual Bar Fellows Dinner on Friday, Jan. 10, at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center.
About the Colorado Bar Association
The Colorado Bar Association is a voluntary bar association with more than 18,000 members — almost three-quarters of all attorneys in the state — founded in 1897. The bar provides opportunities for continuing education, volunteering and networking for those in the legal profession while upholding the standards of the bar. The bar likewise works to secure the efficient administration of justice, encourage the adoption of proper legislation and perpetuate the history of the profession and the memory of its members. For more information, visit cobar.org.