Attorney and Vietnam War veteran John Stevens Berry Sr. established Berry Law Firm in 1965.
Throughout our history, our firm has defended, safeguarded and fought to protect the rights of veterans. Over the decades, thousands of veterans from across the country and all branches of the military have trusted our firm with their cases and, more importantly, their futures.
Before he founded Berry Law Firm, John served three tours in Vietnam, where he earned the Bronze Star.
During his service, John transferred from Infantry to the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps and worked as chief defense counsel for Vietnam’s largest general court martial jurisdiction.
John’s role took him throughout Vietnam, protecting the rights of GIs. His journeys included successfully defending members of the 5th Special Forces against murder charges. He later wrote a book, Those Gallant Men, about his experience as a lawyer fighting in a combat zone.
Since Vietnam, John has focused his practice on civil litigation and criminal defense. He is Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and a past President of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association.
Over the course of his career, John has represented clients in complex criminal defense cases in 24 states and two foreign countries, including serving in 1986 as Civilian Defense Counsel in the largest drug bust in the history of Japan.
The Judge Advocate General’s School at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, invited him to present a lecture on criminal defense in the military.
Early in his legal career, John helped Vietnam veterans with legal problems associated with the condition known today as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He went on to represent numerous veterans pro bono in their struggles with VA regional offices and the Court of Veterans Appeals.
Today, veterans’ disability benefits law serves as a major focus of our law firm’s practice.