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Kerry Berchem


Running for RTM District 8


  • RTM District 8 Representative 2017-2019
  • Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Several national awards in the field of law
  • Democrat


  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Partner
  • Advise on M&A, capital markets transactions and corporate governance matters
  • Co-leader of the firm’s corporate governance and shareholder activism group, co-leader of the firm’s ESG group and member of the firm’s management committee
  • Chair of Akin Gump’s corporate practice from 2008-2018
  • Awards include: Crain’s Notable Women in the Law (2021), The Deal Top Women Dealmakers/Activism (2021), Euromoney Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year Finalist (2021), Chambers USA leading lawyer in corporate/M&A (2006-2021), New York Law Journal, New York Trailblazers (2018)
  • Author of several articles and blogs relating to #metoo in M&A, ESG, securities and corporate governance matters
  • Tulane, JD (1991); Yale College, BA, History (1988)
  • Dedicated Member of Goos/Berchem family, including District 8 residents Craig Goos (wife of), Carson Goos, Ryan Goos and Matthew Goos (mother of), Otto Berchem (sister of) Beatriz Lopez Berchem (sister in law of), and Lola Berchem, Agatha Berchem and Bobby Berchem (aunt of), as well as Fairfield University alumni, Robert Berchem (daughter of) and Jon Berchem (sister of)
  • Fairfield University, St. Ignatius Leadership Residential College Mentor (2019-present)
  • Hamilton College Parent Leadership Council Member (2017- present)
  • Bridgeport Hospital Foundation, Fundraiser
  • RTM District 8 Representative; Legislation & Administrative Committee member and secretary 2017-2019


I do not run for elected office with aspirations to serve in a higher role. My only desire is to have a positive impact on Fairfield, which I have called home for 20 years. I first ran for the RTM in 2017, following the first of several politically divisive years. I had hoped that local politics would differ from federal politics. Regrettably, that proved not to be the case. However, notwithstanding my initial, somewhat frustrating political experience, I continue to be a believer in building consensus. Indeed, the success I have achieved in my professional career (as well as in my personal life) has been predicated upon my ability to bridge divides and get deals done through the sharing of ideas, open communication and fair and just compromise. I am confident that, if elected, my skill set and core values will benefit both the RTM and our community, as a whole. I am committed to the economic, social and cultural growth of Fairfield, which, to me, means adapting to the challenges that are known to us and being prepared and willing to pivot to address those that have yet to arise.