The following was supposed to be my “bio” but how boring. So I decided to just type a page (or three, ugh) about my life. I hope that it gives you a better understanding of who I am, and how I can help you.
I was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 1968 (Yes, I am a diehard Steelers fan). I grew up a normal kid, in a normal lower-middle class family. I was the youngest of three kids, so I figured out real quick how to get away with certain things (like most youngest siblings do). I did pretty well in school and I excelled in sports. When I was 15, my parents moved us to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, so they could attend Rhema Bible College. My brother was already out of the house and my sister was finishing up college, so it was just me and my folks. We arrived in Oklahoma in August 1983, that year the high was above 100 degrees for 17 straight days. I thought that I had died and literally moved to Hell. I knew no one, had basically my clothes to my name, starting a new school, and it was hot, really hot, every day.
Eventually, life here in Oklahoma became normal. I was in school, making friends, playing ball, working etc. (first real job - Burger King, loved it). I attended Victory Christian School and graduated in 1986. I was 6th in my class (but we only had 52 kids). I played basketball and baseball, and was recruited to play both in college. Although I enjoyed delivering pizza’s and working at the car wash the summer after graduation, I am glad I decided to head off to college.
In the fall of 1986 I enrolled at Bartlesville Wesleyan College (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University) on a partial basketball scholarship. I stayed there for two years, played ball, did decent at school, made several friendships that still last to this day. However, I finally realized that a 6’4” 175 lbs. kid that is playing ball at an NAIA school was never going to make a career out of basketball. I gave up the game, transferred to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. In the spring of 1990, I graduated from NSU with a degree in History. Not a lot you can do with a History degree. I could teach, but I did not have the education degree needed. I could work in a museum (yeah right!), or go back to school. So off to law school I went.
In the fall of 1991, I started at the University of Tulsa, College of law. I finished Law school a semester early and took the Oklahoma Bar Exam in February 1994. I passed (whew, did not want to have to take that again) and became a licensed attorney on 4.22.1994. I had previously held internships with both the District Attorney’s office and with the Public Defenders office. I decided right away that I wanted to help people, not prosecute. I took a position at a small firm for a few months, but immediately realized I needed to be my own boss (hard to help the little people, when you have to do three other people’s job). On 9.6.1994, The Bergman Law Firm opened its doors.
For the past 22 years, I have dedicated my practice to helping people. Not the government, not big business, not insurance companies, but rather the average ordinary person. People who have been accused of crimes, people who have been bullied by the government, people that have been injured in accidents, people who have been discriminated against, and people who just need help. Through the years I have represented thousands of people, individuals and families alike, trying to help them any way I could. After 22 years of helping people, I can honestly say that I want to keep helping people for another 22 years.
Through the years I have belonged to a number of organizations, some good, most I found a waste of time and money. I have had large offices, small offices, even had run an office from my home, and one thing never changes; people need help. I have found that people need the most help when they have either been accused of something illegal, or have been hurt. I have narrowed my range of practice to Criminal defense and Injury claims.
When I am not helping people as an attorney, I have several other hats that I wear. I am a father of two beautiful daughters who are insanely talented in the things that they do. Both attend ORU and continue to make me proud every day. I have a new wife (and as she would say, we have been “together” longer than my previous marriages), and a stepdaughter in high school. I try to stay in shape, but lets face it, we could all do a better job at that. I have been a High School basketball referee for over a decade, and thoroughly enjoy getting yelled at for 5 months every year (“call it both ways ref”). I have been an avid golfer, but not so much the last few years. I have an awesome Harley that I enjoy riding, and swear every year I am going to Sturgis (but never do). I love beer, and have brewed my own for the last 5 years (yes it is good, no you cant have any). We have two pups and a cat and a few fish (I think we still have some fish).
That’s my life in a nutshell. I hope that you enjoyed the read. If you need an attorney, find one that truly enjoys what they do, and one that genuinely cares about helping you.
Keith C. Bergman
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