Harold R. Berk has been practicing law for 48 years. He works with local counsel on projects across the United States. He is the tax credit commentator for the CCH Journal of Passthrough Entities. Martindale Hubble has peer review rated him 5.0 out of 5 for the highest quality professional service.
He initially was a litigator, his practice has been for years focused on transactional law. He is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the E.D. Pa., the N.D. Ind. and S.D. Ind. and the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Berk received a B.A. in 1968 from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana with distinction in philosophy. He received a J.D. in 1971 from the University of Minnesota Law School where he was a Member of the Univeristy of Minnesota Law Review, Chairman of the Minnesota Law Forum and Civil Director of the Legal Aid Clinc. In Law School he wrote an article published in the Minnesota Law Review on Selective Non-Religious Conscientious Objection to the Vietnam War, commenting on an opinion by The Honorable Charles Wyzanski (District of Massachusetts) and after graduating Law School he practized law with Judge Wyzanski's son, Charles, Jr. , and George Gould, Esquire at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he handled major federal litigation on civil rights and housing discrimination in urban renewal and redevelopment projects and in support of construction of affordable housing for low-income people.
He was counsel together with Jon Stein and George Gould in Resident Advisory Board v. Rizzo which held that Mayor Frank Rizzo and the City of Philadelphia, Redevelopment Authority, Philadelphia Housing Authority and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development violated the Fair Housing Act and the Fourteenth Amendment by terminating construction of the Whitman Park Turnkey III housing development in South Philadelphia after strenuous community opposition. The District Court and Third Circuit opinions held that Fair Housing Act violations could be established on proof of racially discriminatory effect, a position subsequently upheld by the U.S Supreme Court. The Third Circuit panel included Associate Justice Tom C. Clark, (retired). Very early in his legal carrer he represented a parolee in Indiana who had been arrested and re-imprisoned without any hearing on charges of (1) leaving Indiana by soneone seeing him drive west from South Bend, Indiana (a distance of 90 miles from the Illinios state line and (2) taking Robitussin cough medicine. His Section 1983 action was dismissed by the Honorable Cale Holder in denying a motion to proceed in forma pauperis (in Nov. 1971), an appeal was filed to the Seventh Circuit which then stayed the case pending decision in Morrissey v. Brewer. In order to protect our client's righs, we filed an Amicus Curiae Brief in Morrissey in the Supreme Court and then had the honor to second chair the oral argument in the Supreme Court in April, 1972 (7 months after first being admitted to the bar) before Chief Justice Burger, and Associate Justices Black and , Douglas and recently confirmed Associate Justice Rehnquist.