District Attorney Edward S. Berberian, Jr. has worked in the Marin County District Attorney's Office since 1976. Mr. Berberian received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Arizona and his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco.
During the past thirty-two years Mr. Berberian has been assigned to try some of the most complex criminal prosecutions handled by the Marin County District Attorney's Office. In April 1998 Mr. Berberian tried the only trial in the last forty years in California on whether a California Department of Corrections inmate (Horace Kelly) was sane for the purposes of execution. Mr. Berberian has also tried a variety of Department of Corrections' cases from weapon possession to capital murder. The capital trial was a three-defendant prison gang murder case of a correctional sergeant by members of the Black Guerrilla Family and was tried before two juries simultaneously. This was the first time such a procedure was used in Marin.
From November 1976 until August 1998 Mr. Berberian's trial assignments covered the full range of criminal matters. His experience ranges from driving under the influence cases to a variety of property crime, arson, general assault, sexual assault, child abuse prosecutions, as well as murder investigations and trials. Mr. Berberian presently serves as the Marin County District Attorney's liaison and legal advisor to the Marin County Civil Grand Jury and also is the legal advisor for the Marin County Criminal Grand Jury when this body is impaneled.
For many years Mr. Berberian was the primary law enforcement on-call contact responsible for providing legal advice and callout support for all criminal investigations outside the normal workday hours. Mr. Berberian remains on the team of three senior attorneys who handle all homicide and officer involved shooting callout assignments.
In addition, Mr. Berberian has been intimately involved in the hiring and training of the new deputies in his office and has participated in instructional programs for Marin County law enforcement agencies and presently teaches Administration of Justice classes at the College of Marin in Kentfield.
In August 1998, Mr. Berberian assumed the supervision of the Criminal Division of the Marin County District Attorney's Office. The attorneys, investigators and victim advocates under his supervision handled all the criminal prosecutions, as well as the consumer and insurance fraud prosecutions undertaken by his office. In 2000 Mr. Berberian spearheaded the creation and now manages the Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force which covers ten counties (working agreements with three additional counties brings the total counties serviced to 13) stretching from the northern rim of the Bay Area to the Oregon border. This group handles the investigation and forensic examination of all types of computer related crime, encompassing cyber terrorism, child exploitation and identity theft.
Mr. Berberian also serves as the Project Manager for the Child Abuse Treatment Program (CHAT) which provides clinical follow-up for abused children (sexually, physically and those exposed to domestic violence). The CHAT program has been integrated into the Jeannette Prandi Children's Center (a resource for interviewing abused and neglected children) where Mr. Berberian sits as a member of the Steering Committee which serves as the Center's Board of Directors.
In January 2004, Mr. Berberian was appointed as Chief Assistant District Attorney.
Other community-based activities in which Mr. Berberian participates include sitting on the Board of Directors for the Marin County Bar Association; membership on the Leadership Council for the Marin Human Rights Roundtable on Hate Violence; membership in the California District Attorney's Association; work with Community Violence Solutions (Marin Rape Crisis Center) in training its volunteers and serves on the Marin Sexual Abuse Response Team; the Marin County Office of Education/Law Enforcement Partnership Taskforce and the Marin County Child Death Review Committee.
In 1987 Mr. Berberian was presented with the Outstanding Prosecutor's Award for Marin County. In 1990 Mr. Berberian received a Meritorious Service Award from the Marin County District Attorney. Mr. Berberian was nominated in 1991 for the CDAA Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year Award and did receive the Outstanding Trial Attorney Award (Region I) for 1991 from the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation. In April 2002 the Jeannette Prandi Children's Center presented him with its Children's Champion Award for his work with administrating the day to day activities of the forensic team assigned to the Prandi Center.
In January 2005, Mr. Berberian was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as the District Attorney of Marin County, and was subsequently re-elected in 2006 and 2010.