John S. Berry, Jr.

John S. Berry, Jr. fights for veterans in the courtroom and beyond. 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 as a platoon leader. John also served as a Company Commander in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. John finished his military career as a Battalion Commander in the National Guard and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He has since been inducted into the Nebraska National Guard Regional Training Institute Hall of Fame.

John graduated from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia (B.A. 1997) and Creighton University School of Law, cum laude (2003). He is also a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia (2004) and the famed Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College at Thunderhead Ranch (2018). John maintains an AV Preeminent designation from Martindale Hubbell, a Superlawyers designation, and has been recognized as one of the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers for over 10 years. John has presented and lectured in the areas of jury trial skills, criminal defense, veterans’ disability appeals, and military leadership. Berry Law has served over 10,000 Veterans nationwide recovering over $500 million in backpay awards for veterans. The Firm has also been awarded the HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Pro Patria Award.

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska
  • Iowa
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit


  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska, J.D. cum laude – 2003
  • College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VAB.A. – 1997
  • National Criminal Defense College at Mercer Law School, Macon, GA– 2004
  • Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy– 2008

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • National Organization of Veterans Advocates
  • Forbes Business Counsel, Member, 2020
  • Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association, President, 2014-15
  • Lincoln Independent Business Association, Board Member, 2008 – Present
  • Nebraska State Bar Association Military Law Section, Board Member, 2012 – Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Life Member
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Inns of Court, 2004-2010
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100, 2012-2023

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