Kendall DeMatteo Berkey ‘94
Kendall DeMatteo Berkey, a 1994 graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, has been practicing specifically in the areas of municipal, public and redevelopment law for more than sixteen years and has represented a variety of public agencies such as municipalities, community service districts, redevelopment agencies, and public cemetery districts. During this time, Ms. Berkey has advised on all pertinent areas of public law and acquired a wide range of skills through her unique experiences of advising public agencies on transactional matters and governmental processes and representing public agencies in court on various criminal and civil litigation matters.
Ms. Berkey is a Principal with the law firm of Kane, Ballmer & Berkman based in San Diego and Los Angeles, and serves as Special Counsel to several of the firm's public agency clients, with a focus of advising on governmental processes and real estate development projects. In addition, Ms. Berkey is frequently a program speaker on public law related topics.
Prior to joining Kane, Ballmer & Berkman in 2010, Ms. Berkey served as Senior Deputy City Attorney/Senior Deputy General Counsel with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, where she was the primary legal advisor to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Diego and supervised and managed the Redevelopment Unit of the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. In addition, from the beginning of her legal career practicing public law and for a decade thereafter, Ms. Berkey was a senior associate attorney with the law firm of Green, de Bortnowsky & Quintanilla, LLP, where she served as Assistant City Attorney, Assistant General Counsel, and City Prosecutor for several of the firm’s public agency clients.
Ms. Berkey currently serves on the TJSL Board of Trustees, the TJSL Alumni Association Board of Directors, and the League of California Cities Municipal Law Handbook Editorial Committee, and is a member of the Junior League of San Diego, Inc. Ms. Berkey is a past recipient of the Athena Award in recognition for contributions to the business community and community service and has served as pro bono counsel for CASA for Riverside County, Inc. (which assists children who are dependents of the juvenile court), a past president of the Cathedral City Rotary Club, a member of the Inns of Court, and a member of the Junior League of the Palm Springs Desert Communities.
Ms. Berkey is licensed to practice law in the States of California, Florida and Connecticut, and before the United States District Court, Southern District, and the United States Supreme Court.