Creighton University School of Law        

J.D., Class of 1995

University of California, Davis    

B.A., Class of 1991


California State Bar, 1995


Named “Rising Star” by SuperLawyer Magazine in 2006, 2007, and 2008


Karl H. Berger's more than twenty years of practicing law have been devoted to representing public agencies.  He is the City Attorney for the City of Bellflower; and the Assistant City Attorney for the cities of El Segundo and Monterey Park. He is also District Counsel for the Lamont Public Utility District.

Mr. Berger previously served as the City Attorney for Santa Paula (2003 and 2011); Deputy City Attorney for the City of Port Hueneme (2001 to 2017); Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Santa Clarita and Camarillo (2001-2004); Assistant City Attorney for the City of San Buenaventura (1997-2001); and research attorney for the City of El Cajon (1995-1997). Before joining HLG, Mr. Berger was a member of Jenkins & Hogin, LLP (2004-2014) and a partner with Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP (2001-2004).

In addition to the above appointed public official positions, Mr. Berger has provided special counsel services to dozens of public agencies during his career.  Most recently he has been special counsel for the cities of Brentwood, Evanston, Goleta, Santa Paula and Simi Valley; he is also special counsel for the Montecito Sanitary District.

Mr. Berger is knowledgeable in a wide range of public law areas, including conflicts of interest, open meeting laws, public works contracts, redevelopment and successor agencies, personnel matters, all aspects of land use and planning laws, and CEQA.

Mr. Berger served as a member of the Legal Advocacy Executive Committee and on the Housing, Community & Economic Development Policy Committee with the League of California Cities. Mr. Berger is also a contributing author for the Municipal Law Handbook (League of California Cities) and the Charter City Project (Institute for Local Government).