Hon. Janis M. Berry, (ret.)

Hon. Janis M. Berry, (ret.): Attorney with Rubin and Rudman LLP

Biography

The Hon. Janis M. Berry (Ret.) re-joined Rubin and Rudman LLP after fifteen years of service as Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Appeals Court. A partner, Janis Berry is a member of the Healthcare Law, Government Relations and Regulatory Strategies, and Litigation practice groups. During her term on the bench, Janis heard numerous criminal and civil cases. She has handled environmental-related cases, including trials within the admiralty jurisdiction of the Federal Court. Prior to her appointment in 2001, Janis was a partner in the firm where she was engaged in trial and appellate representation in both civil and criminal litigation, including complex business cases, class action cases and class settlements; and the representation of attorneys before Board of Bar Overseers. She also represented institutions in healthcare related matters. Previous to joining Rubin and Rudman, Janis was a partner at Ropes & Gray in Boston. Additionally, Janis Berry is a former federal prosecutor, having served in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), as the Chief of the DOJ’s New England Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (1984-1986) and as Special Trial Attorney of the DOJ’s New England Organized Crime Strike Force (1981-1986). During her tenure as a Massachusetts Assistant U.S. Attorney, she prosecuted grand jury investigations and jury trials in significant narcotics, criminal tax and corruption cases involving corporate fraud, tax evasion, and RICO and Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE) prosecutions. Recognition • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – Honored as one of the 2016 “Top Women of Law” (Oct. 27, 2016) • Recipient, U.S. Department of Justice Special Commendation Award, the highest award given by the Criminal Division for superior performance • Case and Note Editor, Executive Board, Boston University Law Review • Phi Beta Kappa , Boston University Law School Teaching • Suffolk University Law School – Adjunct Professor, Trial Practice (2007-2015) • Northeastern University School of Law – Adjunct Professor, Appellate Advocacy (2007-2012; 1983-1986) • Boston University Law School – Adjunct Professor, Appellate Advocacy (2007-2008) • Harvard Law School – Instructor, The Government Lawyer (1983-1986) • American Bar Association – Member Teaching in Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Programs • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education – Chair, The United States District Court Judicial Panel (1993); Chair, Women Trial Lawyers At Work (1993); Conference Lecturer, Trial of a Chapter 93A Unfair Business Practice Case (1992, 1995); Lecturer (Suffolk Law School), Advanced Legal Studies: Avoiding Evidence Pitfalls (1993); Chair, Conference (with article), Hidden Ethical Issues in Civil Litigation and Criminal Practice (1991); Conference Lecturer (with article), Development of Expert Testimony at Trial (1990); Massachusetts Annual Advocacy Institute, Faculty in trial technique seminar to demonstrate advanced litigation practice in tort cases (1990); Conference Lecturer, Fundamentals of Opening Statements and Closing Arguments (1989); Chair, Prosecution and Defense of Criminal Tax Cases (1989); and Chair, Conference, Defending Businesses in an Age of White Collar Prosecutions (1989) • Massachusetts Bar Association – Conference Lecturer, Recent Developments in the Law: White Collar Crime (1988); Conference Lecturer, Suppression & Discovery Pre-Trial Motions in Criminal Cases (1988); and Conference Lecturer, Representing Criminal Defendants in Federal Criminal Court: Comparison with State Criminal Proceedings • Boston Bar Association – Lecturer, Federal Banking Crimes under FIRREA and the 1990 Crime Act (1991) • Advocacy Institute, U.S. Department of Justice – Trial instructor for teaching trial practice and procedure to government lawyers (1986) Publications • Co-Author Book, Superior Court Civil Practice (MCLE, 1997 and Revs thereafter) • Author, Defense of Businesses, Individual Officers and Employees in Corporate Criminal Investigations, Vol. 27A, Federal Procurement 1467 (1990) • Author, The 1990 Supreme Judicial Court Term of Court: Developments in the Criminal World, 35 Boston Bar Law Journal 25 (1991) • Co-Author, Federal Criminal Practice: Chapter Federal Plea Negotiation Standards & Sentencing (1987 ed., 1988 sup) • Author, General Principles of Federal Criminal Conspiracy Law, Massachusetts Bar Association (1987) • Editorial Board, Massachusetts Law Review (1982-1983) Professional and Community Involvements • American Law Institute • Massachusetts Bar Association • Boston Bar Association (BBA) – Member; and elected to BBA Governing Council (1992-1995) • Franciscan Children’s Hospital – Trustee and Board member (2001) • Social Law Library – Trustee (1998-2001) • Massachusetts Housing Finance Authority (MHFA) – Board member (1995-2001) • Candidate for Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1994) • Judicial Nominating Council – Appointed by the Governor (1991-1993) • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers – Appointed by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court (1990-1994) • Boston Bar Association Governing Council – Elected by BBA members (1992-1995) • District of Massachusetts United States Magistrate Merit Selection Panel – Appointed Chair by the Judges of the United States District Court (1992-1995) • Supreme Judicial Court – Appointed Special Investigative Counsel by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court in an investigation involving the administration of justice by a judicial officer (1991-1992) • Massachusetts Superior Court – Appointed Special Magistrate by State Superior Court in an independent counsel review of maximum security cellblock 10 at Cedar Junction (then Walpole) State Prison (1987-1988) • Hynes Convention Center Privatization Advisory Committee – Appointed Chair by the Massachusetts Treasurer (1991) • State Police Reorganization Committee – Appointed Co-Chair by the Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety (1991) • Federal Inn Of Court, Boston – Elected Vice President (1990-1994) • A Hero’s Welcome, Inc. Charitable Foundation – Appointed General Counsel and Trustee by the Massachusetts State Treasurer (1991-1993) • Atlanticare Hospital – Member, Board of Trustees (1990-1994) • Board of Registration in Medicine Special Task Force – Appointed by Massachusetts Secretary of Consumer Affairs (1991-1992) • National Trial Competition – Member, Board of Advisors (1990-2001) • Massachusetts Committee For Public Counsel Services – Appointed by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court to serve pro bono (1987-1991)

Areas of Practice (4)

  • White Collar Crime Defense
  • Litigation
  • Government Relations and Regulatory Strategies
  • Healthcare

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(617) 330-7008  Phone
(617) 330-7550  Fax
www.rubinrudman.com/team-item/janis-m-berry
University Attended:
Boston University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1971
Law School Attended:
Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1974
Year of First Admission:
1974
Admission:
U.S. District Court for Massachusetts; 1974, Massachusetts; U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:

Professional and Community Involvements

•American Law Institute
•Massachusetts Bar Association
•Boston Bar Association (BBA) - Member; and elected to BBA Governing Council (1992-1995)
•Franciscan Children's Hospital - Trustee and Board member (2001)
•Social Law Library - Trustee (1998-2001)
•Massachusetts Housing Finance Authority (MHFA) - Board member (1995-2001)
•Candidate for Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1994)
•Judicial Nominating Council - Appointed by the Governor (1991-1993)
•Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers - Appointed by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court (1990-1994)
•Boston Bar Association Governing Council - Elected by BBA members (1992-1995)
•District of Massachusetts United States Magistrate Merit Selection Panel - Appointed Chair by the Judges of the United States District Court (1992-1995)
•Supreme Judicial Court - Appointed Special Investigative Counsel by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court in an investigation involving the administration of justice by a judicial officer (1991-1992)
•Massachusetts Superior Court - Appointed Special Magistrate by State Superior Court in an independent counsel review of maximum security cellblock 10 at Cedar Junction (then Walpole) State Prison (1987-1988)
•Hynes Convention Center Privatization Advisory Committee - Appointed Chair by the Massachusetts Treasurer (1991)
•State Police Reorganization Committee - Appointed Co-Chair by the Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety (1991)
•Federal Inn Of Court, Boston - Elected Vice President (1990-1994)
•A Hero's Welcome, Inc. Charitable Foundation - Appointed General Counsel and Trustee by the Massachusetts State Treasurer (1991-1993)
•Atlanticare Hospital - Member, Board of Trustees (1990-1994)
•Board of Registration in Medicine Special Task Force - Appointed by Massachusetts Secretary of Consumer Affairs (1991-1992)
•National Trial Competition - Member, Board of Advisors (1990-2001)
•Massachusetts Committee For Public Counsel Services - Appointed by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court to serve pro bono (1987-1991)

Birth Information:
Everett, Massachusetts, December 20, 1949
ISLN:
909058867

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