Carey Collingham
Carey Collingham


Berry Law: Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyers Attorney since 2020

Survivor, Musician, Ourdoorsman, Dog-Rescuer, Berry Law: Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyers Attorney.

Carey Collingham is passionate about helping people recover—physically, emotionally, and otherwise—from the damages done to them by someone else. Carey has personally experienced the devastating impact that injuries arising out of another person’s negligence can have on someone’s life. In response to this experience, Carey gave up a beloved career in the Nebraska nonprofit community to pursue the study of law. His mission now is to help others find ways to put their injuries behind them and move forward in pursuit of their goals. Carey is committed to vigorously advocating for anyone who has suffered the ill-effects of someone else’s negligent or intentional wrongdoing. Carey also enjoys helping clients defend and protect their goals and interests by using the tools of law to resolve everything from real estate issues to contract disputes, estate planning concerns, administrative or licensing issues, state and local government problems, and firearms-related issues.

Carey Collingham received an undergraduate degree in music performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has enjoyed professionally playing cello in many hundreds of performances around the Lincoln community over the last twenty years. However, when a distracted driver caused some nerve damage that limits his playing ability, Carey decided to dedicate himself to the study of law. When he is not at work now, Carey still enjoys playing some music, teaching a few cello students, fishing, hunting, playing with his rescue dog, working under the hood of his car, or serving our community’s nonprofits.

Work with Carey


Years of Nonprofit Work
Own Personal Injury Claims
Law School Achievements
Community Musical Performances
Carey showing off a recent catch. “It was THIS big”

A Lifetime Commitment to Helping Others

Carey’s compassion and desire to help others is evident in his previous career working for local nonprofits. Before Berry Law: Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyers, he worked for Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Arthritis Foundation, and the National Audubon Society, where he managed special events for schools, fundraising efforts, and developed partnerships to help them grow. Carey was also principal cellist in the Lincoln Civic Orchestra and an active community performer and teacher. 

While Carey can now only play cello comfortably for 30 minutes at a time, he still plays at weddings and events, and teaches cello in his spare time to share the beauty of music with others. Carey attributes his newfound life purpose as an attorney in part to his own lawyer, who helped him realize that a compassionate and understanding defender can play a major role in someone’s recovery. Because Carey knows he never would have gotten where he is without others’ help, he takes the time to really understand his clients’ lives and desires so that he can give them the best possible chance at the future they want. He’s proud to have a set of skills that he can use to empower others and help get them the happy ending they deserve.

Carey practicing his archery skills.

An Outdoor Lifestyle

When Carey’s not helping clients or playing cello at local events, he can often be spotted with his fiancée, Amy, at symphonies and other music events across town. Amy shares Carey’s love for music and is a talented violinist herself, playing first chair in the Lincoln Civic Orchestra when she’s not helping people as a registered nurse or completing her doctoral program. Carey takes his love for helping past humans, dedicating much of his time at to rescue shelters with his mom and adopting various “fur-kids” that he loves to take with him on his many outdoor adventures. Carey enjoys being in the wilderness and is happiest when he’s out hunting with his dad or getting his kayak wet with one of his rescue dogs at his side. Whatever he’s doing, Carey knows that it’s best spent shared with someone else who helps him be the best man—and attorney—he can be. Even in his personal life, Carey believes that a satisfying victory is best accomplished together.


  • Personal Injury
  • Contract Disputes
  • Firearms Law
  • Nebraska
  • University of Nebraska, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, BA Music Performance, 2005
  • Nebraska College of Law, 2020
  • Comment, Carey Collingham, The Damages of Caps in Nebraska, 99 Neb. L. Rev. (2020)

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