ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK  – Timur Berberoglu, Club Member since 2011
Timur was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, which is in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He moved to California to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara where he graduated with a B.A. in 1993.  Shortly thereafter he moved to the Bay Area of San Francisco to pursue a career in the technology industry.  He worked at small start-up company that ended up being one of the first to implement pre-pay (debit) billing on cellular telephones.

In 1998 he moved to Santa Monica and enrolled at Southwestern University School of Law, where he received a J.D. in 2001.  He was Special Projects Editor of the Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas where he received the Law Journal Bluebook Award for Excellence in Editing in 2000.  He was also a member of a team of three individuals that won the Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition held in Washington, D.C.  After law school he was able to work for several mid-sized law firms where he gained valuable litigation experience.  In 2003, he established his values-driven law firm guided by the principles of excellence, leadership and citizenship.  In 2006 he associated with Joseph E. Deering and Beverly R. Sands, forming Deering, Sands & Berberoglu.

Fun Facts: Timur was a telephone installer in downtown SF and went to telephone pole climbing school.  He climbed a pole at the foot of Lombard Street to install a line.  His best friend’s father was John Hinkley’s lawyer and eventually was able to get him released from St. Elizabeth’s Mental Institution.