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Eric Alan Berg was born in Indiana, PA, in 1960 and attended schools in Pennsylvania and Florida before graduating from New College of the University of South Florida in 1982 with a B.A. in humanities. He obtained his J.D. in law from University of Santa Clara in 1985.
While still a college student, he worked for the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky investigating grave sites and their relationship to strip mining. In 1983, he worked for Legal Services of Santa Clara County defending poor people against evictions and supporting their efforts to gain government benefits. In 1984, Berg worked for the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office interviewing jail inmates and preparing their defenses for their lawyers.
Upon graduation from law school, he was hired by the Shasta County Public Defender’s Office and for three years helped defend poor persons charged with misdemeanors or felonies. In 1988, he moved to Southern California and worked with the Imperial County Public Defender’s Office and, later, the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office.
In 1990, he returned to Northern California and founded the private law firm now known as Berg & Associates, with offices in Redding and Chico. During the ensuing years, he has diligently and aggressively represented defendants in a wide variety of criminal law cases, such as marijuana cultivation and possession for sale, child molestation, rape, grand theft, fraud, drunk driving, spousal abuse, and murder. He has also been active in civil matters, such as divorce and child-custody proceedings.
Berg is a member of both the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. In addition, he has met the exacting standards of the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization to be named a Certified Criminal Law Specialist. His law firm, Berg & Associates, has been a leader in medical marijuana patients’ rights and has been involved in land-breaking cases related to the use of this medicine.