Robert I. Berger

I started Berger Legal Consulting to utilize my litigation experience mostly at big law firms to provide clients with the best of both worlds — the thorough and reliable representation they expect from a large law firm, combined with the speed, efficiency, and substantially lower costs of a small practice. I bring my understanding of legal disputes to analyze questions quickly, to develop an appropriate strategy tailored to a client’s factual circumstances and business needs, and to find creative solutions at the earliest stages of a disagreement to avoid needless expense and aggravation.


Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D. 1974
University of Illinois, B.A., with honors and high distinction, 1971


Schiff Hardin LLP, Partner (August 2003 – December 2017)
Altheimer & Gray, Partner (December 1983 – July 2003)
Rosenthal & Schanfield, Associate (June 1974 – April 1980)

Bar Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits
U.S. District Courts for the N.D. of Illinois (Trial Bar); W.D. of Michigan; and E.D. of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Claims

Awards and Honors

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™
Illinois Leading Lawyer
Illinois Super Lawyers

Professional Memberships

American, Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations


“Substitution of Judge as of Right is in Need of a Time Restriction,” (co-author) ISBA Trial Briefs (Sep 2015)
“Trial Court’s Duty to Rule on Emergency Motions When Presented,” (co-author) CBA Record (Sep 2011)