Steve D. Berlin, CIPP/USSteve Berlin is a litigation associate who focuses on product liability, insurance coverage and casualty litigation with an emphasis on deconstructing complex matters and issues involving technology. He joins Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell after retiring from twenty years of service as an Army Officer.

Steve’s practice areas include the legal impacts of using technology. This includes concepts like data storage and transmission, cybersecurity compliance, cell phone use, social media, and insider threat mitigation. He helps clients develop their internal policy and defends them in litigation. He is also experienced in working with the defense contracting community. He interfaces with defense contracting clients on the wide variety of legal issues within the firm’s practice areas because he understands the client and their customer.

After a tour as a field artillery officer, Steve attended law school and qualified and certified under Article 27(b) and sworn under Article42(a), Uniform Code of Military Justice as an Army JAG officer. He focused his career as a criminal litigator and as in-house counsel. The Army JAG Corps designated him as an Expert Military Justice Practitioner.

Steve has prosecuted over sixty courts-martial with a heavy emphasis on crimes involving sexual and family violence. He began his career prosecuting military cases at Fort Knox, Kentucky where he became the senior prosecutor and also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. He later was a member of the Army’s first cohort of Special Victim Prosecutors. This program returned experienced prosecutors to the courtroom to stem the concerns surrounding sexual and family violence. In this position, he received advanced training in forensics, medical evidence, and advocacy.

As in-house counsel, he helped military commanders solve sensitive, complex problems. He was responsible a variety of legal disciplines including operational law, military justice, administrative law, investigation, claims, legal assistance, and fiscal law. He has extensively served as an ethics counselor. He was the senior legal advisor to an Airborne Brigade Combat Team that deployed to Anbar Province, Iraq. There he was also the senior military rule of law advisor. He was also the Staff Judge Advocate for the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force – Syria and was an in-house legal advisor at U.S. Special Operations and Central Commands.

Outside of litigation, he is the legal advisor to the West Point Society – Florida West Coast chapter.

  • Education

    University of Florida College of Law - J.D., cum laude, 2004
    Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School - L.L.M. in Military Law (Criminal Law Specialty), 2009
    United States Military Academy - B.S., Operations Research, 1997
    Command and General Staff Officer Course, 2014
  • Bar Admissions

    • Florida (2004)
  • Court Admissions

    • U. S. District Courts of Florida (Middle)
    • Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (2009)
    • United States Supreme Court (2009)
  • Professional & Civic Activities

    • University of Florida Association of Asian Alumni – Tampa Bay Coordinator (2017)
    • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Tampa Bay – Board Member (2018)
    • West Point Society - Florida West Coast, Legal Advisor (2017)
  • Articles & Presentations

    • Author, "Federal Cybersecurity Regulation? It Could Be Coming!" Cyber Florida Cybersecurity Blog, May 1, 2019
    • Author, "Cybersecurity & the Law," Cyber Florida Cybersecurity Blog, March 18, 2019
    • Co-Author, “When It Comes to Cybersecurity Litigation, An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure,” Daily Business Review, February 14, 2019
    • Co-Author, "General data protection regulation: Should a Florida business care?" Orlando Business Journal, May 4, 2018
    • Co-Presenter, "Cyber Compliance," Florida GovCon, February 2018
    • Co Author, “Attias v. CareFirst: Plaintiff Class Gets Foot in Courthouse Door in Data Breach Lawsuit,” Daily Business Review, February 14, 2018
    • Speaker, "Chief Executives are Responsible for Cybersecurity," SecureSet, January 2018
    • Co-Author, "Clickwraps and Browsewraps Oh My! Terms of Online Vender Agreements - Are They Enforceable?" Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Magazine, Winter 2017
    • Co-Author, "A Spam Story - How One Law Firm's Spam Blocker Proved Costly to Them and to Their Client," September 19, 2017
  • Ratings and Certifications

    • CIPP/US certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals
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