Every month, Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s (SALA) Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) recognizes a legal professional for their legal volunteerism. The award is a distinct honor and highlights the dedication and commitment of 12 individuals each year who give their valuable time and expertise to the community. Mr. Timothy J. Berg, Esq., is the November 2023 Outstanding Volunteer of the Month Award Recipient.
Formerly the managing partner of Fennemore Law, Tim Berg is now a distinguished attorney in Fennemore’s litigation practice group with a focus on civil appeals, state constitutional and public law, public records law, and public utilities regulation.
Throughout his career as an appellate attorney, he participated in the briefing or argument of more than 500 appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Tenth Circuit, the Second Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, the Eleventh Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court of Arizona, and both divisions of the Arizona Court of Appeals.
In other words, his expertise in appellate advocacy is just about impossible to match!
When SALA needed support and guidance in preparation of a Petition for Review to the Arizona Supreme Court in a family law matter, Tim jumped into action. He shared information on process and procedure, and provided analysis and personal consultation assistance.
As an appellate attorney, Tim works with a wide variety of people in different industries. He regularly assists clients in protecting their personal, proprietary, or confidential information from improper disclosure due to public records requests. Tim also represents clients before the Arizona Legislature and state agencies. As an Arizona Uniform Laws Commissioner, he serves on drafting committees for projects involving uniform state laws and model acts for adoption by Indian tribes.
Tim was born in Wisconsin but grew up in Tucson and Yuma. Many teachers told him they thought he would make a good lawyer (we must agree!), and he was attracted to the challenges of the profession. He earned a bachelor’s degree, with high distinction, from Arizona State University, and a juris doctorate, with highest distinction, from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
Tim’s generosity, kindness, and expertise epitomize the meaning of pro bono work.