Founding attorney John Stevens Berry, Sr. has appeared in court in 24 states and two foreign countries. Following his military service, he was associated with the Henry B. Rothblatt Offices in New York in 1970 and 1971, where he tried a number of high-profile cases. In 1971, he returned to Lincoln and has continued to have a regional criminal trial practice. In 1986, he was Civilian Defense Counsel in the biggest drug bust in the history of Japan. He has conducted seminars for practicing lawyers in Kansas City, Missouri, and Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, and has been invited to the Judge Advocate Generals School at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, to lecture on issues regarding criminal defense in the military. Due to his diligent work ethic and dedication to his client, Mr. Berry has earned an AV rating through Martindale Hubbell and has also been recognized by Super Lawyers for his high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

John Stevens Berry Sr.
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Bar Admissions
  • Nebraska, 1965
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1965
  • U.S. District Court District of South Dakota, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals, 1996
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. – 1965
  • Stanford University
    • B.A. – 1960
Published Works
  • Those Gallant Men: On Trial in Vietnam, Presidio Press, 1984
  • The Twelfth Victim: The Innocence of Caril Fugate, Addicus Books, Inc 2014

Professional Associations & Memberships

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  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney Association, President, 1991 – 1992
  • Nebraska State and Federal Bar Associations, Veterans’ Law Section, Member
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney Association, Chairman, Committee on Expert Witnesses and Forensic Sciences, 1985 – 1989
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member
  • American Academy of Forensic Science, Member
  • National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Member
  • Robert Van Pelt Chapter, Inns of Court, Member, Executive Board of Directors, 1990 – 1993
Honors and Awards
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Recipient: Bronze Star, Vietnamese Medal of Honor First Class (Gold)
  • Recipient: Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Palm)
  • Recipient: FBI Award for Service in the Public Interest
  • Those Gallant Men: On Trial in Vietnam, Military Book Club Award Winner
Previous Employment
  • Military Capt. JAGC, Chief Defense
  • Robert Van Pelt Chapter, Inns of Court, President, 1990 – 1993
  • Military Capt. JAGC, Chief Defense Counsel, II Field Force, Vietnam, 1968 – 1969
  • Military Capt. JAGC, The Presidio, San Francisco, 1969 – 1970
  • Franklin Committee of the Nebraska State Legislature, Special Counsel, 1990
  • Henry B. Rothblatt Offices in New York, 1970 – 1971
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John Stevens Berry Sr.
Berry Law Firm
Criminal Defense Lawyer in Nebraska
Omaha Office
222 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
Berry Law Firm Berry Law Firm N/A 402-215-0979
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