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The Honorable Elihu M. Berle is the Supervising Judge of the Civil Departments of the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles.

From his appointment to the bench in 1996 through 1998 he presided over felony trials, and from 1999 to 2008 he presided over an individual calendar fast-track civil trial courtroom at the Stanley Mosk Central Civil Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. Judge Berle has the responsibility for overseeing the Los Angeles Superior Court's Asbestos Litigation General Orders for the management of asbestos cases. In July 2009, Judge Berle initiated a special pilot project for the settlement of asbestos cases.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Berle specialized in business and commercial litigation.

Judge Berle has served as chair of the National Conference of State Trial Judges (American Bar Association) (2004-2005); trustee of the National Judicial College (2002-2008); chair of the Judicial Council of California Civil & Small Claims Advisory Committee (2002-2006); chair of the Los Angeles Superior Court Rules Committee (2001-2008); and president of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (1985-1986). He has lectured and has been a presenting panelist on various legal issues, including general civil litigation, business courts, asbestos, and complex litigation, case management, trial preparation, bankruptcy matters, and arbitration.

Judge Berle received his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University; Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania; and bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.


  • J.D. from Columbia University (1969)
  • M.B.A. from Wharton School of Finance (1966)
  • B.A. from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (1965)


  • Attorney at Private Practice in Century City (1970 to 1970)
  • Partner & Co-Founder at Chrystie & Berle (1988 to 1996)