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Barbara R. Berman  

Barbara R. Berman



Estate Controversy

Trust and Probate Administration

Estate Planning

Guardianships and Conservatorships


Barbara Berman bio


Consistent with her emphasis on guiding clients through end-of-life challenges and transitions, Barbara Berman’s practice encompasses estate controversies, trust and probate administration, estate planning, and guardianship.

A Harvard Law School graduate, Barbara began her legal career in Washington, D.C., with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Upon moving to Phoenix in 1979, she entered private practice, focusing on financial institution regulatory law and rising to equity partner at one of Arizona’s largest law firms.

Barbara left the practice of law to raise a family, while also serving as an active volunteer in schools and community organizations. During that time, she experienced first-hand, through family members, many of the issues arising from life transitions, which ultimately led her to re-enter the practice of law with a focus on helping clients navigate those often-challenging transitions.

Barbara is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, before earning her bachelor’s degree in economics from Rice University.

Community Involvement

  • Probate Lawyers Assistance Project, Maricopa County Bar Association

  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Community Legal Services and Maricopa County Bar Association


Professional Memberships

State Bar of Arizona: Probate and Trust Section (Executive Council); Elder Law, Mental Health & Special Needs Planning Section

Maricopa County Bar Association: Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section

District of Columbia Bar (inactive); Massachusetts Bar (inactive)

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Honors & Awards

Attorney of the Month, Volunteer Lawyers Program, Maricopa County Bar Association, November 2016

Court Admissions

Arizona, 1979

District of Columbia, 1976

Massachusetts, 1975


J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1975

B.A., summa cum laude, Economics, Rice University, 1972: Phi Beta Kappa

Language Fluency



Baltimore, Maryland