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Michelle J. Berner



Michelle J. Berner joined KroescheSchindler LLP as Of Counsel, after practicing law at Cooksey, Toolen, Gage, Duffy & Woog in Costa Mesa, California, from 2011 to 2015 in the firm’s business litigation and insurance defense groups. She became a partner of the firm in 2017, and handles complex commercial, real estate, and business litigation disputes. Ms. Berner has been an integral member of several trial teams, and handles all stages of mediation, arbitration, and litigation. She has a strong track record of achieving favorable results for her clients.

Ms. Berner devotes a large part of her practice to issues and disputes arising in the healthcare industry, and continues to serve as General Counsel for a California-based medical real estate development corporation on its expansion and development of raw land and healthcare facilities throughout the United States.

She also has a passion for family law and provides family law counseling and litigation services, including dissolution of marriage, child custody and paternity, child and spousal support, property division, and post-decree modifications and disputes. Her broad experience in representing the interests of husbands, wives, and children in family law matters gives her invaluable insight into successfully resolving family law related issues from all sides of the legal spectrum.



Ms. Berner earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree and Teaching Credential from the University of California at Irvine in 1999, and her Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law in 2008.

While at the University of California at Irvine, Ms. Berner made the Dean’s List, served as Vice President of Delta Gamma Fraternity, and was a member of the Pre-Law Society. While in law school, she was awarded the Western State University Scholarship for Academic Achievement for being in the top ten percent of her first year class. Additionally, she also served as President of the Honors Moot Court Team.

 Ms. Berner is a member of the California and Orange County Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice in the State of California, and before the United States District Court for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California.  She currently serves as the Assistant-Vice Chair for the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association.

As an Orange County native, Ms. Berner is an unapologetic UC Irvine Anteater fanatic (whenever they are lucky enough to be televised), and also enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and three dogs.



  •  Business and Commercial Contract and Tort
  •  Real Estate  
  • Insurance Defense
  • Healthcare
  • Family Law



  • University of California at Irvine, B.A. and Teaching Credentials - 1999
  • Western State University College of Law, J.D. - 2008



  • The State Bar of California - 2010
  • Orange County Bar – 2010
  • American Bar Association, Assistant-Vice Chair for the Health Law Section - 2015