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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.

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). John maintains an AV Preeminent designation from Martindale Hubbell, and has been recognized as one of the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers for over 7 years. John as presented and lectured in the areas of criminal defense trial skills,  veterans’ disability appeals, and military leadership.


Areas of Practice

  • Veterans Appeals
  • Veterans Disabilities Benefits
  • State and Federal Criminal Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Drug Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • White Collar Crime
  • Injury Law

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska
  • 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, VA
    • B.A. – 1997
  • National Criminal Defense College at Mercer Law School, Macon, GA– 2004
  • Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy– 2008

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell
  • Platinum Client Champion, Martindale Hubbell
  • Hall of Fame, Nebraska National Guard, 209th Regional Training Institute, 2019
  • Lieutenant Colonel, Nebraska Army National Guard
  • Ranger Tab
  • Parachutist Badge
  • Army Meritorious Service Medal (2)
  • Army Commendation Medal (3)
  • Army Achievement Medal (3)
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40
  • Excellence in Criminal Defense, Lawyers of Distinction
  • Top 50 DUI Lawyer
  • Lincoln Independent Business Association: Outstanding Young Professional Award 2013

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