Mr. Berlant has been licensed to practice law and has been in good standing for over twenty five years. He has been granted the honor of also being licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Berlant received his doctorate from the University of Denver in 1988 and passed the Colorado Bar Exam the same year. Mr. Berlant also has a business and science background and enjoys working closely with engineers of all disciplines, economists, toxicologists, epidemiologists, neurologists and a plethora of medical professionals.
Mr. Berlant has sole responsibility for his cases, which are predominantly Tort based (civil relief for persons who have suffered harm due to the wrongful acts of others). His practice focuses on severe brain and spine trauma, as well as toxic tort, dangerous and defective products, insurance law, environmental law, wrongful death and construction defect matters.
Mr. Berlant’s scholarly work has been published at the university law review level. He has also authored and been cited as an authority in numerous magazines and books. In addition to practicing law, he has been a professor of law and has taught Torts, Legal Research and Writing, and Legal Ethics. He has also served on the board of directors for an international non-profit.
In addition to running his own private practice, Mr. Berlant has worked for a large 17th Street firm, the Colorado Attorney General’s office, EPA, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Nature Conservancy. Mr. Berlant has also trained and practiced as a mediator.
Mr. Berlant has assisted individuals, citizen groups, corporations, local, federal and tribal government entities involving a diverse range of civil matters. He has also had extensive experience with CERCLA litigation (hazardous substance clean-up) including actions involving railroads and mining operations, nuisance and trespassing, hazardous waste removal and remediation and implementation of the Clean Air Act, Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act, et al.
In addition, Mr. Berlant has been involved with class-action lawsuits. Mr. Berlant has also been engaged in business and transactional law, including serving as in-house counsel for a satellite television network and he was lead defense counsel in a complex groundwater remediation lawsuit involving an innocent landowner. Additionally, Mr. Berlant was involved in the toxic tort case involving Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility (a case in which the local residents were exposed to airborne radiological contaminants that had been released into the soil). He successfully prevented the creation of a placer mine in a small Colorado community and built a coalition to challenge a proposed EPA waste disposal permit for a weld county landfill. Furthermore, Mr. Berlant was part of a team that litigated and set a clean-up precedent for a CERCLA mining waste site in Colorado.