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John Stevens Berry, Sr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Lincoln, NE

Berry Law Firm
6940 O St, Suite 400
Lincoln, NE 68510
Phone: 402-466-8444
Fax: 402-466-1793
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2013
Licensed in Nebraska Since: 1965
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

The founder of the Berry Law Firm, John Stevens Berry, Sr., focuses his practice on criminal defense matters. Located in Lincoln, Nebraska, he provides representation to people throughout the area as well as in Omaha who have been charged by the state or federal government with having committed misdemeanor or felony offenses. Mr. Berry's caseload has included assisting clients who have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, drug possession and distribution, murder and other violent crimes, fraud, embezzlement, and other white collar crimes. He also has experience in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.

In the criminal defense area, Mr. Berry has enjoyed a successful track record when it comes to obtaining bench and jury acquittals as well as the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with the prosecution. His fellow attorneys have taken notice, as evidenced by his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. Admitted to practice before all Nebraska state courts, Mr. Berry is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, the Armed Forces, and Veterans Claims, the U.S. Tax Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Berry served with distinction in the military, and he was a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps during the Vietnam conflict and the recipient of a Bronze Star and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor from what was then called the Northwestern University School of Law, and his professional memberships include the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Criminal Defense


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2013

About John Stevens Berry, Sr.

First Admitted: 1965, Nebraska

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  • Recognized by Super Lawyers for his high-degree of peer recognition
  • AV rating through Martindale Hubbell
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Those Gallant Men: On Trial in Vietnam, Military Book Club Award Winner
  • Recipient: Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Palm)
  • Recipient: FBI Award for Service in the Public Interest
  • Recipient: Bronze Star, Vietnamese Medal of Honor First Class (Gold)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Member
  • Robert Van Pelt Chapter, Inns of Court, Member, Executive Board of Directors, 1990 – 1993
  • American Academy of Forensic Science, Member
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney Association, Chairman, Committee on Expert Witnesses and Forensic Sciences, 1985 – 1989
  • Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney Association, President, 1991 – 1992
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
  • Nebraska State and Federal Bar Associations, Veterans’ Law Section, Member
  • U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals, 1996
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1974
  • Nebraska, 1965
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1970
  • U.S. District Court District of South Dakota, 1973
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1965

Educational Background

  • Stanford University, B.A., 1960

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presidio Press, Those Gallant Men: On Trial in Vietnam, 1984
  • Judge Advocate Generals School at the University of Virginia, Lecturer
  • Addicus Books, Inc, The Twelfth Victim: The Innocence of Caril Fugate, 2014
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Office Location for John Stevens Berry, Sr.

6940 O St
Suite 400
Lincoln, NE 68510

Phone: 402-466-8444

Fax: 402-466-1793

Last Updated: 6/21/2022

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