CONTACTS

Tel: (713)236-1900
tomberg@msblawyers.com

EDUCATION

University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
J.D. – 1977
Rice University, Houston, Texas
B.A. – 1974
United States Army War College
MSS – 2007

T

om Berg is a “naturalized Texan” coming from five generations of Texans but born in Washington, DC and raised in Mexico while his father worked in federal public service. After completing high school at the American School in Mexico City, Tom returned to Houston to attend Rice University where he graduated with a BA in History and Political Science. His law degree comes from the University of Houston and he recently completed a Masters in Strategic Studies at the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Tom is admitted to practice in Texas as well as federal courts for the Southern District of Texas, the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, various military courts of appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Following the family impulse toward public service, Tom spent twenty-seven years at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Houston including nineteen years as First Assistant.

Tom is active in the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association where he is in his second term on the board of directors. Tom is also an active reservist in the United States Army with the rank of Colonel and serves as a military judge in the United States Army Trial Judiciary. He is a combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns as well as the peacekeeping operation in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Colonel Berg has twice been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal among his other military awards. His commitment to due process and fair play and his willingness to stand up to arrogant power were profiled by the PBS program Frontline during its investigation into torture issues at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Tom was an embattled Army lawyer in early 2002. See http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/torture/interviews/berg.html. More recently Tom was the liaison between Coalition detention operations and the Iraqi judiciary in Baghdad.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law – Trial and Appellate
Military Law

Certified Legal Specialties

Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1978
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States of America
U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Education

University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
J.D. – 1977

Rice University, Houston, Texas
B.A. – 1974

United States Army War College
MSS – 2007

Published Works

A View From The Bench: A Military Judge’s Perspective On Court-Martial Providency, Army Lawyer, Feb., 2007

Honors and Awards

Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
Life Member, Reserve Officers Association
Life Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Professional Associations and Memberships

Houston Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Reserve Officers Association, Life Member
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member
Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, Board Member
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Former Board Member

Languages

Spanish
French

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