Meet the Team
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Criminal Defense in all state and federal courts
Throughout his twenty-nine years legal career Attorney Robert Berke has focused his practice on criminal defense and civil rights. He has gained a reputation for success and aggressive representation at trial for clients throughout Connecticut and New York State.
Mr. Berke has been retained and has testified as an expert in Criminal Defense. Attorney Berke has taught a seminar for the Connecticut Bar Association on Basic Criminal Law and Advanced Criminal Advocacy and has served as an instructor in a Paralegal Program on Civil Litigation, Torts, and Criminal Law.
Admitted to the Bars of the State of Connecticut, the State of New York, and the Federal District of Connecticut.
Silver Bullet Award, NRA, for obtaining a motion to dismiss on behalf of New Haven cab driver John Lutters, who possessed and discharged a handgun without a license in his cab when he was robbed and stabbed in the neck.
Best Appellate Brief, Moot Court Competition, 1992.
Member, Connecticut Criminal Justice Commission, 2019-Present
Member, Boar d of Governors, Pequonnock Yacht Club, New Haven,. CT 2021-Present
Chair, Woodbridge Police Commission, 2016-Present
Juris Doctorate, Quinnipiac University School of Law, 1992
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany, 1988
During his 40 years legal career John has exclusively practiced in the field of criminal law. Before joining Robert Berke in February 2020, John was a prosecutor in the Bridgeport courts and was appointed the State’s Attorney in 2009
As the State’s Attorney, he oversaw the investigation and prosecution of all crimes committed in the Fairfield Judicial District which includes Bridgeport, Fairfield, Trumbull, Monroe, Stratford, and Easton. During his tenure, the Fairfield Judicial District was one of the busiest courts in the State and handled some of the most complex matters.
Attorney Smriga was also responsible for head of training for prosecutors statewide.
Homer Cummings Award for Outstanding Service to the Division of Criminal Justice
Liberty Bell Award, Bridgeport Bar Association
Top prosecutor wins Liberty Bell Award (ctpost.com)
Juris Doctorate, St. John’s University
Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania
Since acquiring her Juris Doctorate in 1993, Robyn Berke has been exclusively focused on representing clients in personal injury matters.
Robyn Berke has been admitted to the Bars of the State of Connecticut, the State of New York, since 1993.
Elected Member, Amity Schools Board of Education, July 2017-June 2021
Member, Woodbridge Democratic Town Committee, 1994- Present
Member, Woodbridge Board of Assessment Appeals, 1997-2001
Juris Doctorate, Hofstra University School of Law, 1993
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany, 1990