Firm History

Tribute to John Shamberg

John Elliott Shamberg was a very successful trial attorney whose legal career extended over 60 years. He died on July 9, 2009. John was a co-founder of Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman. Even more, he was a mentor, advisor, vigorous advocate for legal rights, and still today, a perpetual example of our founding principles. During his distinguished legal career, he engaged in many groundbreaking cases, which impacted the way laws were re-written. He also represented hundreds of personal injury victims, many of them children, who suffered due to gross negligence. Most notably, he was one of the designated lead counsel for victims of the 1981 catastrophic collapse of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel skywalks; a tragedy resulting in the death or serious injury of 350 people. John was recognized with many honors and awards for his eminent accomplishments in the legal profession. He also received the Bronze Star medal for his heroic and meritorious service during World War II as a member of the Greatest Generation. He leaves behind an incredible and enduring legacy.

We stand on their shoulders and follow their example.

The trial lawyers of Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman carry on the tradition of the legal giants who founded our firm: Joseph Cohen, Charles Schnider and John Shamberg. These were nationally recognized trial lawyers dedicated to the excellent representation of individuals and families who experienced catastrophic personal injury, economic loss or death as the result of wrongful conduct or defective products. No matter how big or powerful the wrongdoer, and no matter how small or powerless the injured party, these lawyers did battle for their clients in courtrooms, just as we do now.

Joe Cohen and Charlie Schnider were among the founders of The American Trial Lawyers Association (now The American Association for Justice). In 1949, John Shamberg joined the firm – and through his vision, skill and determination – brought it to new levels of sophistication and success.

In 1966, the firm was reorganized under the name of Schnider, Shamberg & May. This was in the golden age of the development of tort law. During this period, Charlie Schnider and John Shamberg pioneered many trial techniques, and earned a reputation as a regional powerhouse plaintiffs’ personal injury firm.

Lynn Johnson joined the firm in 1970 and Victor Bergman in 1975. Both were trained and mentored as trial lawyers by Charlie Schnider and John Shamberg. John Parisi joined the firm in 1989. Then, in 1995, the firm changed its name to Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman.

Lynn JohnsonVictor Bergman, and John Parisi have continued the tradition of attracting and handling high quality, high profile injury and death cases. Read the article titled, Shamberg’s Firm is Small but Mighty in Trial.

Our newest partners, Matt Birch, Scott Nutter and David Morantz joined the firm in 2000, 2001 and 2005, respectively. Each partner has added depth and breadth of imagination and skill to maintain the excellence that our firm brings to the representation of our clients.

We have the same focus today as always – dedication to the excellent representation of individuals and families who have experienced catastrophic personal injury, economic loss or death as the result of wrongful conduct or defective products.

That is our tradition. Experience pays.