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Charles L. Berger receives David Hamacher Public Service Award

Monday, October 26, 2015   (0 Comments)
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October 26, 2015


Charles L. Berger receives David Hamacher Public Service Award


INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 26, 2015) – Charles L. Berger’s significant contributions to the appellate practice in Indiana were recognized at the Indiana State Bar Association’s (ISBA) annual meeting in French earlier this month, where he received the David Hamacher Public Service Award. This award, sponsored by the ISBA Appellate Practice Section, honors high moral character and ethical standards, service to the community and peacemaking qualities.


Berger, Evansville, Berger & Berger, focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury law, civil litigation and labor and employment law. He received his B.A. in history from the University of Evansville in 1969 and his J.D., cum laude, from the I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1972. Immediately following graduation, Berger returned home to Evansville to practice law with his father, Sydney, with whom he practiced until 1988.


From 1973 to 1977, Berger served as director of the Indiana Lawyers Commission. He has been active with the Indiana State Bar Association, having served as chair of its Trial Lawyers Section in 1982-83. Berger is also active with the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (director, 1977-present; treasurer, 1982-83; vice president, 1984-85). Additionally, he has served as state committeeman for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America from 1975 to 1979; president of the Brooks Inns of Court from 1988 to 1989; member of the American Board of Trial Advocates; and Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation. From 1999 until 2002, Berger was elected to the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission. He served as a deputy prosecutor for Vanderburgh County from 1997 to 2013. He also was an adjunct professor of both constitutional and criminal Law at the University of Southern Indiana from 1996 to 2007. 


Berger and his family have a long history of service to the Evansville community, including the annual Berger Award given at the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana. Both are given in memory of his parents, Sadelle and Sydney.


In 2005, Berger received the James Bethel Gresham Freedom Award from the Evansville Bar Association. In that same year, he was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Rules Committee. In 2014, he received the Indiana Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.




Founded in 1896, the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) is the single largest legal organization in the state. With nearly 12,000 members, the ISBA serves and advocates on behalf of its members, their clients and the public interest as the independent voice of the legal profession. The ISBA’s office is located in downtown Indianapolis. For more information about the State Bar, visit


Media Contact: Carissa Long, Director of Public Relations, ISBA, 800.266.2581,