Michael S. Berman

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Michael S. Berman is a long-time Washington lawyer and lobbyist. He is currently the President of The Duberstein Group, a prominent Washington lobbying firm.[1]

Berman is a native of Minnesota. He came to Washington in the 1960s, as an aide to then-Senator Walter Mondale. When Mondale became Vice President of the United States in 1977, Berman came to the White House as Counsel to the Vice President. Berman then played a prominent role in Mondale's 1984 Presidential campaign.

In 1992, Berman became a confidante to President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton. He was a prominent advisor to the two during their tenure in the White House. Berman has also played a major role in planning the Democratic National Convention for a number of years.

In 2006, Berman published an auto-biography largely focused on his lifelong struggle with being overweight, called Living Large. Berman is also the author of a self-published newsletter called "Washington Watch," which mixes political commentary with restaurant reviews.[2] Berman's restaurant reviews are unique for their discussion of the design of the restrooms in the establishments being reviewed.