For more than 10 years, Jennifer L. Bergman has been a respected member of the legal community in Southeast Texas. She is an experienced litigator, prosecutor, and mediator and has tried numerous criminal, probate, family, property damage, and general civil cases during her years of practice. In addition, Jennifer actively participates in civic and non-profit organizations in her hometown of Cleveland, Texas, and the surrounding area.
Jennifer is a lifelong resident of Cleveland having graduated from Cleveland High School in 2000. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Trinity University in San Antonio in 2004. She earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 2008 and was admitted as a member of the State Bar of Texas in 2008.
Jennifer is admitted to practice in all Texas State Courts, all U.S. District Courts in the State of Texas, and the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Tribal Court. She is a member of the Family Law and Tribal Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas and is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Jennifer has handled hundreds of lawsuits and claims involving diverse business disputes, personal injury matters, estate planning, family law matters, guardianships, probate matters, and personal and real estate disputes. Further, she has a very active appellate practice involving both civil and criminal appeals at the court of appeals level as well as the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Supreme Court of the State of Texas.
As an active member of her community, Jennifer is presently in her second term as a member of the City Council for the City of Cleveland, Texas. She is involved with numerous boards including serving as a board member for the Health Center of Southeast Texas. In addition, she is an active member and past president of the Rotary Club of Cleveland, Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Duck’s Unlimited Big Thicket Chapter, and First Baptist Church of Cleveland, Texas.
Jennifer practiced law in Bexar County, Texas prior to returning to Cleveland in 2011 at which time she established the Law Office of Jennifer L. Bergman PLLC. In addition to running her private law practice, Jennifer has been the prosecutor for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Tribal Court since 2015 where she assisted in the establishment of the criminal component of the tribal court system.
During her tenure as the head prosecutor for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, Jennifer has been solely responsible for the prosecution of cases in the Tribal Court, ranging from misdemeanor offenses to felonies. During this time, Jennifer has received over 150 hours of prosecutorial training including approximately 120 hours of training specifically related to the prosecution of family violence cases and trauma-informed investigation and prosecutions. She has also received extensive, in-depth training regarding the opioid crisis and drug-related offenses on a local and national scale.
Specifically, Jennifer attended the National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence in Indian Country, Investigative Techniques Related to the Enforcement of Illicit Drug Trafficking in Indian Country, and Indian Country Criminal Trial Advocacy training initiatives at the National Advocacy Center located in Columbia, South Carolina. She also attended the VAWA (Violence Against Women’s Act) Trial Advocacy Training, and numerous Intertribal Working Group (ITWG) trainings related to the Special Domestic Violence Jurisdiction involving the Violence Against Women’s Act.
Jennifer, a fifth-generation Cleveland resident, is married to Zack Harkness, a member of the United States Coast Guard, a firefighter with the City of Cleveland Fire Department, and a deputy with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Jennifer and Zack are the proud parents of twins, Ella and Hudson. They all enjoy spending time on their family farm, hunting, fishing, cooking, traveling, and working at their apiary. Jennifer and Zack are also the owners of Berg’s and the Bees Wildflower Honey and diligently work to aid in the conservation of honey bees in Southeast Texas.