Brian J. Bergman

Brian J. Bergman

Los Angeles, California
(310) 470-6110
(310) 474-0931

BRIAN J. BERGMAN is a shareholder at Bergman Dacey Goldsmith. His practice focuses primarily on eminent domain, environmental, construction, and general business litigation.

Mr. Bergman is outside counsel for Los Angeles County’s largest transportation agency as it moves forward with its multi-billion dollar transportation infrastructure improvement plan for the County of Los Angeles. In this capacity, he regularly advises and represents the agency on eminent domain matters throughout the County.

Mr. Bergman has a broad range of experience in environmental and land use litigation, including matters under CERCLA, CWA, CAA, CEQA, OPA, Proposition 65, and state nuisance and trespass actions.

Mr. Bergman also represents public and private entities in multi-million dollar construction disputes. Mr. Bergman has specific expertise in the prosecution and defense of construction claims involving delay, disruption, acceleration, stop notices, performance bond actions, and claims under the California Public Contracting Code.


  • B.A., University of California Berkeley, 1998-2002
  • J.D., University of Southern California Law School, 2002-2005
  • Chair of the USC Hale Moot Court Honors Program
  • Extern for Central District Federal Magistrate, Stephen Hillman


  • Named a "Rising Star" by the Super Lawyers Publication for the past eight years in a row.
  • "2016 Outstanding Young Lawyer" by the Real Property section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Honor Society.

Community/organizational Involvement

  • American Business Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Litigation Section Executive Committee
  • Litigation Council of America
  • Los Angeles County Teen Court, Venice High School
  • South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (City of Los Angeles), Chair of the Land Use and Economic Development Committee (2008-2010)
  • Mackrell International Environmental Practice Group, Chair.


Mr. Bergman has had several published articles, including, but not limited to:

  • "Decision could change contamination cleanup litigation" (Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 30, 2014).
  • "Give me back my CEQA exemption" (Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 21, 2012).
  • "Air That Kills" (Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 3, 2011).
  • Co-author of California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing ("CASH") 2009 Environmental Mitigation Handbook.
  • "Collaboration is Key to Accommodating Injured Workers" (Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 3, 2008).
  • "Defeating Class Certification" (Los Angeles Daily Journal, December 22, 2006).

Speaking Engagements

He has been a speaker at numerous legal conferences, MCLE Presentations, and webinars, including, but not limited to:

  • Association of California School Administrators, Executive Leadership Conference.
  • Association of Environmental Professionals, The Basic and Advanced California Environmental Quality Act seminars.
  • California Association of School Business Officials, Annual Conference.
  • California Special District Association, Annual Conference.
  • Coalition for Adequate School Housing.
  • Los Angeles County Counsel MCLE training.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District in-house counsel MCLE training.
  • Mackrell International Environmental Law Committee, Webinars.
  • Mr. Bergman has also partnered with nationwide engineering and technical firms, like ARCADIS and Technical Toolboxes, to provide webinars on environmental and construction litigation issues.