Robert L. Berchem graduated from Fairfield University in 1962 and the Villanova University School of Law in 1965. Following his admission to the Connecticut Bar, the Honorable William, H. Timbers, Chief Judge of the United States District Court, hired him as his Law Clerk. After working for Judge Timbers in both the District Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, Bob was awarded a William Cook Fellowship by the University of Michigan’s Law School, from which he received his Masters of Law in 1967.
Bob then returned to his hometown of Milford, CT, and joined the Gitlitz firm. During the next 43 years, he led the then two-person small town firm to statewide prominence. Known today as Berchem Moses PC, the firm has over forty lawyers and an additional office in Westport. Bob serves as President of Berchem Moses PC and Chair of its Business Services Department.
Bob has given his time to many local organizations, including the Milford Historic District Commission, the Milford Jaycees, the Milford Orange YMCA, the Bridgeport Hospital and the Cardinal Shehan Center. He has also served as a Trustee of Fairfield University and is currently a Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee of the University of Bridgeport. Bob is a member of the Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Village and the President of the Race Brook Country Club. He has been actively involved in the attraction, development and construction of many of the retail, commercial and industrial projects which, over the last four decades, have enabled Milford to maintain a strong tax base and enhance its economic stability. In addition, he has maintained his law firm’s primary offices in Milford and currently provides over 65 local jobs.
Bob and his wife, Lee, are the proud parents of three children, two of whom are also attorneys; they have eight grandchildren. He and his family have a multi-generational commitment to the statewide community, a commitment that has remained firmly in place today.