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ROBERT BERKE

CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY

CONTACTS
Cellphone: (203) 521-1842
berke@robertberke.com

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.

Admissions

Admitted to the Bars of the State of Connecticut, the State of New York, and the Federal District of Connecticut.

Awards

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.

Community Involvement

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

Education

Juris Doctorate, Quinnipiac University School of Law, 1992
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany, 1988

 

JOHN SMRIGA

JOHN SMRIGA

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.

Retired state's attorney John Smriga joins Bridgeport law firm (ctpost.com)

Awards

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)

EDUCATION

Juris Doctorate, St. John’s University
Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania

Attorneys Robyn Berke and Robert Berke
Attorneys Robyn Berke and Robert Berke

ROBYN BERKE

Since acquiring her Juris Doctorate in 1993, Robyn Berke has been exclusively focused on representing clients in personal injury matters.

ADMISSIONS

Robyn Berke has been admitted to the Bars of the State of Connecticut, the State of New York, since 1993.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

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

EDUCATION

Juris Doctorate, Hofstra University School of Law, 1993
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany, 1990