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Samuel David Berns

Samuel David Berns

Criminal Defense and Business Lawyer
Rocklin, CA
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Attorney Biography

Sam Berns has been practicing law in Placer County and throughout Northern California since 2010. As a criminal defense attorney, Sam has achieved positive results for his clients both in litigation and through settlement. His case load ranges from DUI to murder and everything in between. Sam communicates openly with his clients and believes the best way to represent someone is not to make decisions for them, but to help them make the most informed decisions possible for themselves.

Sam also has a wide breadth of knowledge on land use and business issues, especially related to the new commercial cannabis laws in California. Sam has worked closely both directly with municipalities and with individuals and advocacy groups to help pass commercial cannabis ordinances. He can help his clients stay ahead of the ever-changing cannabis law landscape, is intimately familiar with the upcoming local and state regulations, and is very proactive in putting his clients in a position to succeed early.

Sam has a passion for advocacy and a strong desire to do what is right. Sam regularly volunteers at high school mock trial competitions in Placer and Sacramento Counties, and also frequently works with legal aid attorneys at Legal Services of Northern California. He began his career as an advocate long before he entered law school, designing and teaching a know-your-rights class for inner city youth as far back as 2005 and volunteering at three different public defenders’ offices prior to becoming a lawyer. He also works with several medical marijuana industry groups, and has contributed to a documentary film about three strikes law reform.

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense (24%)
Business Law (24%)
Drug Crimes (15%)
Marijuana Law (15%)
Contracts (11%)
Natural Resources / Oil and Gas (11%)
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Bar Licenses

California State Bar
Member in Good Standing

Work Experience

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UC-Hastings College of the Law


National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

California Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section
California Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section

Placer County Cultivators' Association

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Samuel David Berns

5701 Lonetree Blvd Ste 123
Rocklin, CA 95765
Office: 916-226-1477
Office: 530-212-0468
Fax: 530-455-5567

Secondary Address:
5701 Lonetree Blvd Ste 123
Rocklin, CA 95765

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Bar License Information

California Bar Membership -

Samuel David Berns - Profile information with the State Bar of California - Find more information about Samuel David Berns on the State Bar of California website, including: current status, actions affecting eligibility to practice law and disciplinary history.

Nonprofit Organizations

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NLC -

More than 350 criminal defense attorneys belong to the NORML National Legal Committee (NLC). Members of the NORML NLC include many prominent criminal defense lawyers who are dedicated to ending prohibition of marijuana through education, legal reform and activism. Attorneys focused on other practice areas also belong to the organization.

NLC members are listed on the NORML website, are eligible for the NLC e-mail discussion group, receive the weekly email press release, and NORML News.