Attorney John S. Berry Jr. helps his clients fight some of the most important battles of their lives. Not only has he led successful teams in the courtroom, resulting in several jury trial victories, but he has also led soldiers in deployments to Iraq and Bosnia. His warrior ethos has become the foundation for the firm’s success. Beyond the battlefield and the courtroom, John’s leadership experience extends to local community and national organizations that protect our constitutional rights and our veterans.

Prior to joining the firm, John attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia (1993-1997) and Creighton University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude in 2003. John is also a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia (2004), Trial Lawyers College and the Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy.

John is past president of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association and is a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. John maintains an AV Preeminent Rating through Martindale Hubbell. He has been recognized as one of the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2012-2019). John has presented and lectured in the areas of criminal defense, trial skills, and veterans disability appeals. After receiving his commission as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, John completed Airborne School and Ranger School. In 1999, while assigned to the First Cavalry Division, he deployed to Bosnia for Operation Joint Forge. John also served as a Company Commander in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and later as a Battalion Commander in the National Guard.


John S. Berry Jr.
Bar Admissions
  • Nebraska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • 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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Trial Lawyers College
  • Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion, 2020
  • Great Plains Super Lawyer, 2020
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Life Member
  • National Organization of Veterans Advocates
  • Great Plains Super Lawyer, 2019
  • Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association, President 2014 – 2015
  • Nebraska State Bar Association Military Law Section, Board Member 2012 – Present
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Lincoln Independent Business Association, Board Member, 2008 – 2017
  • Inns of Court, 2004 – 2010
  • Kiwanis International, Lincoln
Honors and Awards
  • 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
  • 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
John S. Berry Jr.
Berry Law Firm
Criminal Defense Lawyer in Nebraska
Omaha Office
222 S 15th St #405N,
Omaha, NE 68102
Lincoln Office
6940 O St Suite 400,
Lincoln, NE 68510
Seward Office
139 S 6th Street
Seward, NE 68434
402-466-8444 N/A
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