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Arnold Isaac Berschler

Arnold Isaac Berschler

Nationwide Practice. 46 years. No charge first consultation
  • Maritime Law, Personal Injury
  • California
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Robert Anderson
Robert Anderson September 11, 2020
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Mr. Berschler has years of litigation experience and is qualified to handle just about any kind of plaintiff's work.
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Mark H. July 18, 2023
A man that truly loves helping people. I was literally brought to tears. I'm not going into details but, I'm glad he picked up the phone. When you are at the top of "The search list" with 5 star reviews and deal in big business, you don't have to pick up the phone. Professional, patient and gives everyone the same degree of respect. It's a rare find when you find people with this level of integrity.
Kate W. September 20, 2020
Very competent and fiercely loyal. I have nothing but praise for Mr. Berschler. He was professional, personable, and a very good listener. If he takes your case, you won't find a better "pit bull" working hard on your behalf. He answered all of my questions, never left me hanging, took my calls or promptly got back to me. During depositions, he made me feel confident and sure of myself and the merits of my case. When discussing settlement offers, he was very good at explaining the consequences of either accepting or rejecting an offer. I came away from the process feeling that justice had been done better than I had expected and that I had been lucky to have him on my side.
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Arnold I. Berschler's accomplishments are:
Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United State, and a California Certified Legal Specialist in Admiralty and Maritime Law.
Lead attorney in published opinions emanating from the Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, and from the State of California Court of Court of Appeals.
Litigates cases in the state and federal court level.
Litigates administrative hearings before the United States Coast Guard.
Represents clients whether they be injured at sea or be victims of personal injury or wrongful death accidents ashore, or vessel owners-operators.
He has contributed to the development of case law applicable to vessel-side personnel under Title VII, the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (42 U.S.C., §§1981; et seq;) the Civil Rights Act of 1964, amended in 1991 (42 U.S.C., §§ 2000e; et seq.)
Has won cases at trial and on appeal under the Federal Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.c., §§2674; et seq.

Practice Areas
    Maritime Law
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
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  • Zoom
  • Free Consultation
    First consultation is free.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    PayPal, Zelle.
  • Contingent Fees
    Please note that merchant mariner credential [MMC], other Coast Guard matters, vessel ownership and charter issues generally are hourly fees representation after initial consultation.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
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9th Circuit
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U.S. District Court, E.D.MI
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Berschler Associates, PC
Berschler & Draluck
Temple University Beasley School of Law
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Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 56557
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San Francisco Trial Lawyers
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Capital City Trial Lawyers Association
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Maritime Law Association of the United States
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California Certified Legal Specialist in Admiralty and Maritime Law
Certified Specialist
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Articles & Publications
Abdulhalim A. Ali v. Robert Rogers
780 F.3d 1229
Dawna A. Joseph v. Carolyn A. Johnson
178 Cal. App. 4th 1404
Trung Le v. American Seafoods Co. LLC
352 Fed. Appx. 150
Heather K. Knight v. Christopher Longaker
2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47080
Kendra Summers v. United States
905 F.2d 1212
Admiralty and Maritime Law
State Bar of California
Websites & Blogs
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4 Questions Answered
Q. I paid $12,000 to a broker for sailboat. I am now being told that the boat is for sale “as is” by owner” is this legal?
A: First, I apologize for the delay; just back from vacation.

SECOND: Depends on which state the transaction took place. For instance, if in California, the answer would be “no.” An “as is sale” must be clearly stated in writing. Attorney fees might be recoverable.
Q. Son was severely physically disabled for life due to antioch cps. Do i have a case?
A: Sounds like your son was severely by police in Antioch. If so, your son - not you has the right to bring a claim or suit. If your son is a minor child (less than 18byerars) you or another adult would be bringing the claim as your son's "guardian ad litem": an adult responsible to your son.
Q. What is the time limit to serve a PI lawsuit in state of California in this pandemic situation?
A: California Rule of Court, 3.110(b) provides:

The complaint must be served on all named defendants and proofs of service on those defendants must be filed

with the court within 60 days after the filing of the complaint. When the complaint is amended to add a

defendant, the added defendant must be served and proof of service must be filed within 30 days after the filing

of the amended complaint.

As a practical matter that I have seen in 46 years of practice, Court court will grant more time than 60 days. Woody Allen once said, "90% of success is just showing up." the point being that the plaintiff or plaintiff attorney best appear for all court appearances, especially to explain why it is taking longer than the Rule allows to serve the defendant. ... Read More
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