Berry Law Firm

Berry Law Firm
  • Established in 1965
  • Firm Size 18
  • Committed trail attorneys with over 200 years of combined legal experience. Fighting for our clients’ rights since 1965.
  • Peer Reviews
    4.8/5.0 (122)
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    92% Recommended (12)
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About this firm

If you have been charged with a state or federal offense, the outcome of your case could affect your future, your family, and your employment. Unfortunately, many persons who are arrested do not understand the importance of retaining counsel immediately to protect their rights. They may believe they can clear up the matter themselves or they may be too embarrassed to contact a lawyer.

Regardless of the alleged crime, an attorney with focused experience in criminal defense can be the difference between maintaining your freedom and suffering harsh penalties and lifelong repercussions.

Founded by attorney John S. Berry Sr., the Berry Law Firm has been defending the constitutional rights of clients since 1965. Thousands of clients have trusted us with their cases and their futures. Our knowledgeable attorneys have more than 80 years of combined legal experience and continue to provide aggressive representation to individuals charged with crimes in Nebraska and throughout the U.S.

John Stevens Berry Sr. attended Stanford University (B.A. 1960) and Northwestern University (J.D. 1965). He is a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and is a past president of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. He has attended both the Infantry Officers' Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, and the Judge Advocate General's Course at Charlottesville, Virginia. As a captain in Vietnam, he received the Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Medal of Honor First Class (Gold), the Cross of Gallantry with Palm and numerous other awards and decorations. He authored Those Gallant Men , a book about his experiences as a lawyer in a combat zone, which included defending members of the 5th Special Forces against murder charges. The memoir was chosen Book of the Month by the Military Book Club.

For over a decade, Berry maintained a local radio show while practicing law. "The John Stevens Berry Show" first aired on KLIN and then on KZUM. Throughout his career Mr. Berry has defended clients in hundreds of jury trials. He currently practices extensively in the areas of criminal defense and veterans law.

John S. Berry Sr. has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers and he is rated AV Preeminent through Martindale-Hubbell. The Berry Law Firm is also listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys. The attorneys of the Berry Law Firm are active in professional organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates

In addition to criminal law, we also provide experienced representation for veterans' disability claims, personal injury claims, and assault cases.

Our offices are located in Lincoln and Omaha. Call (402) 466-8444 or contact us online to arrange a consultation with our Nebraska criminal defense lawyers.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

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Areas of Practice (178)

Specific Practice Area and Industry Group Details across multiple offices:

  • Nebraska Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Drug Crimes
  • Sex Offenses
  • Homicide and Assault
  • DUI Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Veterans Disability
  • Criminal Law
  • Assault and Battery
  • Burglary
  • Criminal Defense
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Drivers License Suspension
  • DUI/DWI
  • Felonies
  • Forgery
  • Hit and Run
  • Homicide
  • Manslaughter
  • Misdemeanors
  • Murder
  • Sex Crimes
  • Capital Offenses
  • Criminal Antitrust
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Extortion
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Grand Jury Practice
  • Habeas Corpus
  • Mail Fraud
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Money Laundering
  • Parole and Probation
  • Post-Conviction Remedies
  • Search and Seizure
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Stalking
  • Theft
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Victims Rights
  • Weapons Charges
  • Wire Fraud
  • Wiretapping
  • Civil Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Veterans Disability Law
  • Veterans Appeals
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Business Arbitration
  • Business Formation
  • Business Litigation
  • Small Business Law
  • Administrative Litigation
  • Federal Administrative Law
  • Civil Practice
  • Federal Civil Practice
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Civil Rights Section 1983
  • Prisoners Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Class Actions Defense
  • Bribery
  • International Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Drugs and Narcotics
  • Controlled Substances Law
  • Title IX Discrimination
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Physicians Licensing
  • Internet Crimes
  • Medicare Fraud and Abuse
  • Military Law
  • Military Courts Martial
  • Military Criminal Law
  • Military Medical Malpractice
  • Veterans Rights
  • Negligence
  • Negligence Defense
  • Accidents
  • Animal Attacks
  • Aquatic Injuries
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Bodily Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Bus Accidents
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Vehicle Liability
  • Cumulative Trauma
  • Dog Bites
  • Electrical Injury
  • Electromagnetic Field Litigation
  • Head Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Injuries
  • Personal Injury Appeals
  • Personal Injury Arbitration
  • Plaintiffs Personal Injury
  • Power Line Contact Injury
  • Psychological Injury
  • Rental Vehicle Litigation
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • School Bus Accidents
  • Severe Burns
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Slip and Fall
  • Spinal Injury
  • Subway Accidents
  • Tourist Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Whiplash
  • Wrongful Death
  • Products Liability
  • Airbag Injury
  • All Terrain Vehicle Products Liability
  • Automotive Products Liability
  • Automotive Restraints
  • Bicycle Products Liability
  • Breast Implant Litigation
  • Chemical Explosions
  • Chemical Products Liability
  • Dalkon Shield Litigation
  • Diet Drug Litigation
  • Drug Contamination
  • Drug and Medical Device Defense
  • Drug and Medical Device Litigation
  • Elevator Liability
  • Engineering Products Liability
  • Environmental Products Liability
  • Escalator Liability
  • Explosions
  • Firearms Litigation
  • Flammable Fabrics
  • Food Borne Disease
  • Food Products Liability
  • Gas Explosions
  • Heart Device Litigation
  • Heavy Equipment Products Liability
  • Industrial Products Liability
  • Manufacturers Liability
  • Motorcycle Products Liability
  • Office Equipment Products Liability
  • Product Warning Labels
  • Products Liability Arbitration
  • Products Liability Defense
  • Products Liability Insurance Coverage
  • Products Liability Subrogation
  • Propane Products Liability
  • Recreational Products Liability
  • Recreational Vehicle Products Liability
  • Seat Belt Injury
  • Tire Defect Litigation
  • Tobacco Litigation
  • Vaccine Injury
  • Vehicle Rollovers
  • Welding Products Liability
  • Clergy Sexual Misconduct
  • Professional Sexual Misconduct
  • RICO
  • Torts
  • Intentional Torts
  • Tort Liability
  • White Collar Crime
  • Embezzlement
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Fraud

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  • 4.8/5.0 (122 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Review for Susan Napolitano by a Attorney on 05/19/18 in Real Estate

    Susan is a knowledgeable and caring transactional attorney, who handles real estate and estate planning matters with a high degree of professionalism.

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  • 5.0/5.0 Review for John S. Berry Jr. by a Shareholder on 04/27/18 in Federal Criminal Law

    Mr. Berry is an outstanding lawyer. He and his firm demonstrate phenomenal professionalism, as well as great care and compassion for clients.

    Mr. Berry is an outstanding lawyer. He and his firm demonstrate phenomenal professionalism, as well as great care and compassion for clients. Read less

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Client Reviews

  • 4.6/5.0 (12 reviews)
  • 92% (11 recommendations)
  • Communication

    4.6/5.0
  • Responsiveness

    4.5/5.0
  • Quality of Service

    4.6/5.0
  • Value for Money

    4.7/5.0
  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Review for John S. Berry Jr. on 05/01/18 in Veterans Benefits.

    High energy, motivated, and effectual. His sense of empathy and urgency let’s you know he really cares about his clients. His tireless work and dedication ensured the best possible outcome for my family.

    High energy, motivated, and effectual. His sense of empathy and urgency let’s you know he really cares about his clients. His tireless work and dedication ensured the best possible outcome for my family. Read less

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  • Recommended 4.5/5.0 Review for John S. Berry Jr. on 08/13/15 in Criminal Law.

    I was falsely accused of sexual assault in Lincoln, Nebraska by a woman. I gave a statement to a police officer in which I said things which made me look guilty. Not only that, the police also dug their record to find out that another woman had also... Read more

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    I was falsely accused of sexual assault in Lincoln, Nebraska by a woman. I gave a statement to a police officer in which I said things which made me look guilty. Not only that, the police also dug their record to find out that another woman had also made allegation of sexual assault about me in the same jurisdiction, which was also a false allegation, but it made my case look indefensible.
    I knew I was innocent but I was hopeless. But in a "die trying" mood I started contacting the best possible Read less

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