LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, June 7, 2022 – Berry Law welcomes criminal defense attorney Sarah Newell. Newell joins the firm with more than 15 years of experience defending the rights and freedoms of thousands of clients in Lincoln and the greater Nebraska area. She has a proven record of litigating serious felony cases, including homicides, child abuse allegations, and death penalty proceedings.
Newell has also appealed numerous cases before the Nebraska Supreme Court, resulting in conviction reversals on both evidentiary and suppression grounds and has advocated to the United States Supreme Court on capital sentencing issues.
“I’ve committed my life to shielding my clients from the steam-rolling effects of the justice system and holding the state accountable at every step,” said Newell.
Graduating in the Top 10 percent of her class at the Nebraska College of Law, Newell served as research editor for the Nebraska Law Review and President of the Equal Justice Society. She received numerous awards for her writing skills and extensive knowledge of Constitutional Law.
Newell brings a strong record of professional leadership with her, including being selected by her peers to serve on the Nebraska State Bar Association’s (NSBA) House of Delegates and the Judicial Nominating Committee for selecting the Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court. She has served as Chair of the Judicial District 1 Committee on Inquiry, President of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association (NCDAA), and President of the Robert Van Pelt Chapter of the American Inns of Court. She was recently honored with the Warren K. Urbom Award for mentorship and continues to protect clients through policy advocacy with the NSBA and NCDAA’s legislative committees.
“I’m excited to join such a tenacious team of criminal defense lawyers and to help continue to expand the firm’s successful advocacy across the entire state,” said Newell. “My father was both a veteran and a staunch advocate for the little guy. That same spirit is what led me to criminal defense. Joining the Berry team helps me honor both aspects of his memory.