Thomas J. Berger joined Watanabe Ing in 2012 as an associate in the creditors’ rights and business law group. His practice areas include bankruptcy law and creditor rights, collections, commercial litigation, government contracts and procurement, landlord rights, real property law, and government relations.

In his work with the creditors’ rights and business law group, Mr. Berger has played an integral role in achieving compliance with the firm’s requirements for government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, allowing the firm to undertake foreclosure work and mortgage services, including portfolio loans and mortgage-backed security loans. This approval allows Watanabe Ing LLP to provide clients with a broad range of Default Legal Matter services in the State of Hawai‘i.

Prior to joining Watanabe Ing, Mr. Berger practiced civil litigation with a Honolulu law firm, where he worked on bid protest work, including some of the largest concession contracts in the state.  Mr. Berger has applied his extensive legal background to his current work at Watanabe Ing LLP, where he continues to work on commercial and residential foreclosure cases, in addition to evictions in every county in the state of Hawai‘i, quiet titles and agreements of sale, and business formation.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Berger clerked for the Honorable Judge Richard Bissen, Jr. at the Second Judicial Circuit of Hawaii on the Island of Maui. While attending law school, Mr. Berger worked as an extern for the Honorable Judge Richard Clifton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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  • Washington College of Law (American University), J.D. (2008)
  • William S. Richardson School of Law, Visiting Student (2008)
  • University of Hawaii, Business Administration/Finance (2005)