Dan Berman

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Member of CLM Since: 2009

Nominated By Gytis Gavelis

CLM Committees

  • Cyber, Management & Professional Liability
  • Cyber
  • Committee Conference

CLM Contributions

  • Speaker - 2014 Litigation Management Institute
  • Speaker - 2015 Litigation Management Institute
  • Speaker - 2015 Litigation Management Institute Faculty
  • Speaker - 2016 Annual Conference
  • Speaker - 2016 Litigation Management Institute
  • Speaker - 2016 Litigation Management Institute Faculty
  • Speaker - 2017 Annual Conference
  • Speaker - 2017 CLM & Business Insurance Construction Conference
  • Speaker - 2017 CLM Management & Professional Liability Conference
  • Speaker - 2017 Litigation Management Institute
  • Speaker - 2017 Litigation Management Institute Faculty
  • Speaker - 2018 Litigation Management Institute
  • Speaker - 2019 Annual Conference
  • Speaker - 2019 Litigation Management Institute
  • Speaker - 2020 Annual Conference
  • Speaker - 2020 Litigation Management Institute
  • Speaker - 2020 Litigation Management Symposium
  • Speaker - 2022 Litigation Management Institute
  • Speaker - 2023 Litigation Management Institute
  • Speaker - 2024 Litigation Management Institute


Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Bad Faith
  • Claims Management
  • Class Action/Mass Torts
  • Construction/Real Estate/Surety
  • Employment Liability/Litigation
  • Environmental
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation Management
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property
  • Transportation


Dan co-founded and serves as the Executive Chairman of Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman, a full service law firm with over 400 attorneys with offices throughout the United States.  In his role as Chairman, Dan is responsible for the high level management of the firm, execution of the firm's strategic vision and ensuring its overall effective operational management. Representing Fortune 500 companies and mid-market businesses, Dan is a recognized authority on commercial and business law, has received Martindale Hubbell's highest rating of "AV Preeminent," and has been selected a California "Super Lawyer" on numerous occasions. Dan's legal work spans matters involving business issues, professional liability, real estate, intellectual property, entertainment endeavors, and construction-related issues.  Dan has worked for many years closely with the domestic and London insurance markets, has successfully tried numerous complex cases to verdict and has been instrumental in several groundbreaking favorable rulings in the appellate realm.  He has served as a court appointed arbitrator and mediator, and serves as monitoring and coordinating counsel for clients throughout the United States.

Memberships and Accomplishments: Firm Chairman, Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman; 2015 –Present, Managing Partner, Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman; 2007 – 2015, Member, Young Presidents' Organization Santa Monica Bay Chapter (YPOSMB); 2009 – Present, Member, Council on Litigation Management, Professional Liability Committee Member, California Building Industry Association Legal Action Subcommittee Member, Professional Liability Defense Federation Member, Defense Research Institute, Technology Committee Member, National Association of Home Builders Construction Law Attorney Forum Member, Building Industry Association of Southern California Member, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC) Member, Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America Quarterly Contributor to Residential Design and Build Magazine, AV Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, Certified Continuing Legal Education Instructor at the Litigation Management Institute (LMI) at Columbia University Law School.


  • University Of California System, Bachelor’s Degree
  • Loyola Marymount University, Juris Doctor


  • Bar Admissions: CA
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