Douglas A. Berman Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

COLUMBUS, OH — Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP welcomes Professor Douglas A. Berman of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law to the firm’s Columbus office, serving as Of Counsel. He will focus on white collar defense, post-conviction relief, appeals and policy advocacy. Although Professor Berman is not yet licensed in Ohio, he is a member of the New York state bar and expects to become a member of the Ohio bar soon. In the interim, he will practice in conjunction with other members of Shumaker’s white collar defense practice.

Professor Berman is the co-author of a casebook, Sentencing Law and Policy: Cases, Statutes and Guidelines, and is a leading authority on the topic of criminal sentencing guidelines. In recent years, Professor Berman has appeared on national television and radio news programs, and has been extensively quoted in newspaper articles appearing in nearly every major national news outlet.

In addition, Professor Berman is the sole creator and author of the widely read and widely cited blog, Sentencing Law and Policy. The blog now receives nearly 100,000 page views per month. Professor Berman’s work on the Sentencing Law and Policy blog, which he describes as a form of “scholarship in action,” has been profiled or discussed at length in articles appearing in the Wall Street Journal, Legal Affairs magazine, Lawyers Weekly USA, Legal Times, Columbus Monthly, and in numerous other print and online publications.

Professor Berman attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School. In law school, he was an editor and development office chair of the Harvard Law Review and also served as a teaching assistant for a Harvard University philosophy course. After graduation from law school in 1993, Professor Berman served as a law clerk for Judge Jon O. Newman and then for Judge Guido Calabresi, both on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

During the 1999-2000 school year, Professor Berman received The Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, given to only 10 people each year from an eligible pool of nearly 3,000 faculty members. Professor Berman was one of the youngest faculty members ever to receive this award.

In addition to his expertise in criminal law and sentencing, Professor Berman also has teaching and practice experience in the fields of legislation and intellectual property, and will continue teaching full time at Ohio State.


Founded in 1925, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full service law firm with more than 225 attorneys practicing in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Florida; and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Professor Berman a national authority on sentencing guidelines and post-conviction relief

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