Myles D. Berman provides clients 35 years of experience in corporate, real estate, and financial transactions, and the representation of clients before state, county, and local governmental, regulatory, and administrative agencies. From 2012 to 2017 he served as the managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office. Mr. Berman also served as co-chair of the firm’s national Government & Public Policy Practice and is a member of the Environmental Regulation Practice and the Energy Industry Team. He is also a director of the firm’s Federal Political Action Committee.
Before joining Foley in 2003, Mr. Berman was group head of Altheimer & Gray's Government Department, where he co-chaired the firm's Government Affairs/Public Affairs practice and chaired the firm's Environmental Law practice.
Mr. Berman has also served as an arbitrator on the Dalkon Shield National Panel of Arbitrators and as a mediator on the Piper Aviation Irrevocable Trust Panel of Mediators. He has also arbitrated matters for the American Arbitration Association. He has taught internationally, having trained and certified the first panel of mediators in Poland, and conducted a program on negotiations for an international group of lawyers in Blumau, Austria in 1999.
Mr. Berman spent 17 years as an adjunct professor of law at Chicago's Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, and nearly 20 years as an adjunct professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana. A field associate for the Brookings Institution's five-year study of the Community Development Block Grant Program, he was also a research associate at Northwestern University's Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research.
Mr. Berman is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and sat on the board of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. for 25 years (board chair, 2002), and continues to sit on the boards of the Public Interest Law Initiative (30 years, board president, 2002 – 2004), and the boards of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest ("BPI"), and the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago. Mr. Berman is a member of the Bluhm Legal Clinic Advisory Board at Northwestern University’s School of Law. He also serves, pro bono, as a counselor to the Board of Governors of the City Club of Chicago.
A member of Foley’s National Pro Bono Committee and the Chicago office’s Pro Bono Committee, Mr. Berman has been named to Crain’s Chicago Business’ list of “Who’s Who in Chicago Business 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.” He has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. Additionally, Mr. Berman has been nominated by his peers to the 2005 and 2007 – 2012, and 2015 – 2018 lists of Illinois Super Lawyers® - where the 2018 list names him as one of two Illinois Super Lawyers in government relations. In April 2015, he was honored by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Student Funded Public Interest Fellowship Program for his outstanding contributions to public service and the legal community.*
A frequent lecturer and author, he has chaired several faculties on real estate-related matters for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and has spoken at the American Bar Association's National Meeting, the Law Education Institute's National CLE Course, and conferences of the American Planning Association. Mr. Berman co-authored a chapter of the Attorney's Practice Guide to Negotiations, 2nd Edition, (Clark Boardman & Callaghan, 1995).
Mr. Berman received his law degree from Northwestern in 1983 and his master's degree in urban and regional planning in 1979 and his bachelor's degree, cum laude with college honors, in 1974 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Professional Memberships and Admissions
Mr. Berman is a member of the American, Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations and the Chicago Council of Lawyers. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and is a registered lobbyist pursuant to applicable state, county and local laws.
*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.