Husband, Father, Business Owner, CEO, Army Veteran Attorney at Berry Law.
John Berry Jr. is a warrior. He has led successful teams in fights on battlefields of Bosnia and Iraq. Known as a champion in the courtroom, John fights with both tenacity and skill to orchestrate impressive victories against difficult odds. He has won scores of battles for clients facing criminal charges or administrative punishment. As a Veteran, John also has intimate knowledge of the Veterans Affairs system and has delivered justice for thousands of Veterans who are seeking disability compensation for injuries they sustained during their service.
John’s warrior ethos has become the foundation for the firm’s success: “I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit, and I will never leave a fallen comrade.” He’s gained innumerable awards for his success as a trial attorney and has spoken publicly about PTSD among Veterans. He’s been featured in The Washington Post, Thrive Global, and ESPN, and has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and CW channels in various markets. John is known as one of the best attorneys in America, both for his extraordinary triumphs in the courtroom and for leading Berry Law to be part of the INC 5000 list four years in a row. Whatever legal challenge you’re facing, John is ready to fight—strategically, swiftly, and aggressively.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE After more than 20 years of service in the United States Army and the Nebraska National Guard, John retired as a Battalion Commander and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the 209th Regimental Training Institute (RTI) for his service. His remarkable leadership in the military was borne of his guiding principle: “Warriors lead by example.” John always puts himself on the front lines of defense and fights relentlessly under extreme pressure and unfavorable circumstances. By ferociously pushing himself to perform better both in his work and his personal life, he inspires his teammates and clients to do the same.
Countless clients have thanked John personally for motivating them to keep fighting for what’s right and to never give up when faced with a challenge. John knows it’s important for his clients to feel confident and empowered; a resolute defendant has the energy and tenacity to keep fighting and working to win the case. By empowering his team to be unyielding and push diligently for the victory, he’s saved thousands of lives—on the battlefield and in the courtroom.
John and his son, Warner, at the Annual Run to St. Lo, which honors the fallen Nebraska soldiers in the liberation of France. John and his son both won first place in their respective divisions.
ALWAYS A WINNER It’s no secret that John is intensely competitive. But that’s OK—it helps him and his family and friends constantly work at improving themselves. He likes to push himself in the gym and can be spotted around town working out and running long distance races with his wife and kids. John is inspired and sharpened by his wife, Mallory, who’s also a defense attorney with whom he’s worked multiple times to win cases for clients—together. John loves spending time with Mallory and his two children, Amnie and Warner, who also encourage him to be the best family man he can be. He frequently travels with them and has a blast taking them hiking, skiing, surfing, and rafting at national parks and around the world. At home, John loves playing with his family mascot and golden retriever, Piper, who’s a bit too big to cuddle but tries to anyway. Whether at play or at work, John is always improving his skills and inspiring others to be the best they can be. With John at your side, there’s no case too difficult to win.
Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion, 2020 Great Plains Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2019 Hall of Fame, Nebraska National Guard, 209th Regional Training Institute, 2019 10.0 Lawyer Rating, Justia Platinum Client Champion, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019 Lawyer Legion, Recognized for Community Leadership The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers AVVO 10 out of 10 rating AVVO Client’s Choice Award (2016) Excellence in Criminal Defense, Lawyers of Distinction National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 (2012) Top 50 DUI Lawyer Lincoln Independent Business Association: Outstanding Young Professional Award 2013 Army Meritorious Service Medal (2) Army Commendation Medal (3) Lieutenant Colonel, Nebraska Army National Guard Parachutist Badge Ranger Tab
AREAS OF PRACTICE State and Federal Criminal Defense Title IX Defense for Students and Faculty Sex Crime Civil Litigation Interstate Drug Stops White Collar Drug Crimes Veterans Appeals DUI
BARS ADMISSIONS Nebraska U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Veterans Claims
EDUCATION J.D. cum laude, Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska (2003) B.A., College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA (1997) National Criminal Defense College at Mercer Law School, Macon, GA (2004) Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy (2008) Trial Lawyers College