In 1919 William Berger was engaged in the general
practice of law. After completing law school in the early 1930's,
Lawrence S. Newmark joined the firm. During the height of the
depression the firm represented many financial institutions. In those
days, the pleadings were prepared by typewriters, which necessitated a
night shift for secretarial staff to turn out the work. It was during
these days that the partnership of Berger and Newmark was formed.
A major portion of the new firm's clients were
financial institutions, electrical contractors and manufacturers. Many
of those clients continue to be represented by the firm to this day.
Following World War II, Marvin S. Fenchel who had
served as a second lieutenant during the war, graduated law school and
joined the firm. Subsequently, Marvin became the third named partner
in the firm of Berger, Newmark & Fenchel.
In the 1950's the firm represented many clients in
the floral industry including industry associations for which the firm
negotiated multiple labor agreements, becoming the genesis of the
firm's labor and employment discrimination practice, which continues
to this day. In the mid 1950's Barry D. Elman joined the firm
and a few years later, at the time William Berger retired, Ervin
Feuerstein joined the firm to chair the litigation and banking
During the early 1960's, Julius H. Shapiro, Sidney
H. Drury and Philip Cowan joined the firm resulting in the expansion
of our real estate, banking and labor practice. Subsequently,
Julius developed an expertise in mechanics lien law, which to this day
is reflected in his publications and lecturing both to the legal
profession and contractors.
As the needs of the firm's clients and their
families have expanded, the firm has developed expertise in the areas
of corporate matters, mechanics liens, litigation, estate planning and
tax, labor and employment, commercial and residential real estate,
asset protection and banking.
While all of the founders have passed away, their
influence and vision remains a guide for all of us who continue the
tradition of integrity and service, hallmarks of Berger, Newmark &