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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 158

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David A. Berger

Violent Crimes Prosecutor
411,775 votes (27.36%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure that justice is administered openly and fairly, in an environment that is respectful to all who appear in court
  • Protect the public safety in a manner that is commensurate with constitutional protections guaranteed to all parties
  • Make full use of Alternate Sentencing options to maximize rehabilitation opportunities for persons with mental health and/or addiction issues



Profession:Violent Crimes Prosecutor
Deputy District Attorney, LA County District Attorney's Office (2010–current)
Special Assistant City Attorney, City of Los Angeles (2009–2010)
Deputy District Attorney, LA County District Attorney's Office (1998–2009)
Salaried Law Clerk, LA County District Attorney's Office (1997–1998)
Senior Law Clerk, LA County District Attorney's Office (1996–1997)


Loyola Law School Los Angeles Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law (1997)
University of London Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Law (1993)


  • 19 years experience as a LA County Deputy District Attorney. 

  •  Trial Advocacy Team Coach and Adjunct Professor.

  • Alternate Sentencing Court Designee for Veterans, Drug Addicts and persons with Mental Health issues.

  • Committed to fair and equal treatment of all.

I am an experienced trial attorney with almost 20 years experience at the LA County District Attorneys Office, having started as a Certified Law Clerk, then Salaried Law Clerk, before becoming a Deputy District Attorney. I have tried almost every kind of case from misdemeanors to murders and have handled hundreds, if not thousands of cases settling most and taking to trial only those which matter. I am proud of my reputation for being firm, but scrupulosly fair, which is the way I will approach being a judge if I am fortunate enough to be elected.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • The Hon Jackie Lacey, District Attorney for Los Angeles County
  • The Hon. Elden S. Fox, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Metropolitan News-Enterprise, Editorial Board

Organizations (4)

  • Professional Peace Officer's Association
  • Los Angeles Times Editorial Board
  • British-American Bar Association
  • Association of Deputy District Attorneys

Elected Officials (2)

  • Michael D. Antonovich, Supervisor 5th District, LA County Board of Supervisors
  • The Hon. Robert Philibosian, District Attorney for Los Angeles County (ret)

Individuals (2)

  • The Hon. David S. Wesley, Former Presiding Judge, Criminal Division, Superior Court
  • The Hon. Scott M. Gordon, Assistant Supervising Judge, Criminal Division, Superior Court

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County ILO (1)

Do you favor alternative, non-jail sentences for non-violent offenders and what options should be available?
Answer from David A. Berger:

I am the Alternate Sentencing Court ("ACS") Designee for the Airport Branch of the District Attorney's Office where I select and recommend alternate sentencing for defendants charged with non-violent crimes who have an established, proven history of  mental health and/or substance abuse issues, or simply recidivism based on a lack of adequate support mechanisms. This allows me to divert appropriate defendants to programs run by the Second Chance Womens Re-Entry Court, Drug Court, Veterans Court and the Co-Existing Disorders Court. These ASCs provide opportunities for meaningful recovery and rehabilitation and a chance to halt the revolving door that is the reality of the criminal justice system for many. It is not an easy journey, and some do not succeed, however, for those who are serious about turning their lives around, it offers them a real chance to become productive members of society. The ACS is a pioneering approach and I believe its use will expand as it gains momentum.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

It is my belief that politics has no place in a court. A judge must be impartial and bear no allegence to any political party or philosophy, treating all who appear in court with neither allegence nor contempt for their beliefs.

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