Common Pleas Court Magistrate Robert Berger has announced that he will run for the Portage County juvenile/probate judgeship in 2014. The current Juvenile/Probate Judge Thomas Carnes is retiring after a quarter-century of service to the county.
Berger, a Democrat, has more than 36 years of legal experience as a private attorney and as a common pleas magistrate. He was appointed magistrate to the Common Pleas Court general division in 2007 by Judge Laurie J. Pittman. As magistrate, Berger is the judicial officer who oversees complex civil cases and has presided over many bench and jury trials in the Common Pleas Court.
Berger said that his experience as a private attorney and Common Pleas magistrate well suits him to serve on the juvenile/probate bench where he practiced as a private attorney.
Berger, a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School, Kent State University and the University of Baltimore Law School, began his legal career as an associate in the law firm with Joseph Giulitto and Perry Dickinson.
He has served as past president of the Portage County Bar Association and received the Bar Association Humanitarian Award in 2008.
Berger is a U.S. Army veteran, member of the American Legion, and past commander of DAV Chapter 26. He served on the Portage County Veterans Commission from 1992 to 2007.
He resides with his wife, the former Patricia Sontag, and his son, Colin, a sophomore at Roosevelt.