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Berrien C. Eaton, American lawyer, specializing in the field of ERISA, Welfare Benefits Law, Estate Planning Law, Professional Corporations Law.


Eaton, Berrien Clark was born on February 12, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Berrien Clark and Gladys (Hambleton) Eaton.


Student, Williams College, 1936-1938;Bachelor of Science, University of Virginia, 1940;Bachelor of Laws, University of Virginia, 1948;Juris Doctor, University of Virginia, 1970.


Private practice law, Detroit, 1948-1969;private practice law, Phoenix, 1969-1994;retired, 1994;associate, Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, 1948-1958;partner, Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, 1958-1969;partner, Leibsohn, Eaton, Gooding & Romley, Professional Corporation, 1971-1979;partner, Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, Phoenix, 1979-1980;partner, Eaton, Lieberman & Dodge Ltd. and successors, 1981-1994. Instructor Wayne State University Law School, 1954-1969. Professor of University Georgia Law School, 1970-1971.

Lecturer at law Arizona State University College Law, 1970-1971.


  • Bar: Michigan 1948, Arizona 1969, Georgia 1971.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Professional Corporations and Associations, 7 vols., 1970, updated twice annually. Co-author: tax newsletter VEBA Report, 1984-1987.

      Member editorial board journal Estate Planning. Notes editor Virginia Law Review. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Captain field artillery Army of the United States, PTO, 1941-1946. Fellow American College Trust and Estate Counsel, American College Tax Counsel (regent 1980-1986). Member American Bar Association (real property, probate and trust section, past chairman 3 tax section committees, mentor tax section, committee chairman senior lawyers section), American Association of University Professors, Michigan Bar Association (past chairman tax section), Arizona Bar Association (past chairman tax section), Georgia Bar Association, Newcomen Society North America, Order of Coif, Raven Society, Waweatoning Club (Michigan), Kappa Alpha.


Married Donna K. Prestwood (deceased March 1991). Children: Theodore Hambleton, Ann Berrien, Cody M. Prestwood.

Berrien Clark Eaton

Gladys (Hambleton) Eaton

Donna K. Prestwood

Theodore Hambleton Eaton

Ann Berrien Eaton

Cody M. Prestwood Eaton