Mr. Peter  B. Nordberg

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Thank you all so much for your support during this sad time.

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“I never got to meet Mr. Nordberg, but I am a young environmental litigator in Colorado who would have loved to have had the chance. His passing was...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Katherine Toan - Boulder, CO

“I am deeply saddened to learn of Peter's passing. Peter and I were in law school together -- actually, I was a year behind him. And Peter captivated...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Mykaila Nordberg - New Braunfels, TX

Peter and I with Brinkley just days after he was born. “This candle and memory is for my children. Kids, Your daddy was recently described to us by a friend as being "Dumbledore". We all laughed and...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Mykaila - Wife

“Kristie, We are sending our love and prayers to you all during this time of loss. We are praying that you all will draw nearer to God as He holds you...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: JOHN & LOUISE GRAHAM - ATHENS, TX

“I met Peter in 1990 when I joined Berger & Montague as a paralegal. He took me under wing, and we became friends. Later, as I attended law...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Bern - Washington, DC - Friend

Peter B. Nordberg passed away on April 17, 2010 at the age of 54. He is survived by his beloved wife Mykaila Nordgerg, his children Robert Brinkley Nordberg, Kassandra Rhea Nordberg, Kimberly Kathryn Nordberg and Jonathan Nordberg, his grandson Noah Michael, his mother Beverly Nordberg and his brother Paul Nordberg.

Peter's passing is not just a tragic loss for his family and for Berger & Montague, where he worked for more than two decades as an associate and then shareholder, but also for the national legal community. His unique blend of brilliance and talent that he brought to every case and project earned him enormous respect from lawyers, judges, and clients throughout the United States. Many of us have benefited over the years from his wisdom, counsel, and friendship. We will suffer greatly from this loss – personally and professionally.

Peter was not "merely" a legal giant with unparalleled skill in legal writing, analysis, and advocacy, but he combined these attributes with uncommon good sense, decency, and creative thinking in representing our clients consistent with the highest ethical standards. He was an indefatigable fighter for our clients and for the dispossessed in our society, including in particular, those victimized by exposure to radiation due to malfeasance on the part of government contractors during and after the Cold War.

For twenty years, since the day he joined this Berger & Montague, Peter was a mainstay of the firm's team in Cook v. Rockwell Int'l Corp. (D. Col.), where claims for trespass and nuisance against two former operators of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant were tried to verdict on behalf of a class of Colorado property owners, resulting in a jury award of over $550 million and a judgment of $926 million. No member of our Rocky Flats trial team contributed more to the verdict and judgment that we obtained, and the Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year award that was bestowed on our firm in 2009 as a result of our these efforts. Peter led the expert briefing team that prevailed in the face of two decades of vigorous opposition from top-flight defense counsel.

Peter also served throughout his tenure here as a member of the plaintiffs' trial team in Washington State for the inaugural bellwether trial in the Hanford Nuclear Reservation Litigation, helping to win what is believed to be the first verdict in history in favor of personal injury plaintiffs suffering from cancer caused by offsite exposures to radiation released by operators of a nuclear weapons facility. Peter was also the founder and author of the web site "Daubert on the Web," a nationally recognized resource on the law of expert evidence.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Service on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 1:00 PM at the Kirk & Nice Suburban Chapel, 333 County Line Road, Feasterville, PA.