John S. Berry, Sr.

John Stevens Berry, Sr. has appeared in court in 24 states and two foreign countries. Following his military service, he was briefly associated with the Henry B. Rothblatt Offices in New York in 1970 and 1971, where he tried a number of high-profile cases. He returned to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1971 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. Mr. Berry has an AV rating through Martindale Hubbell and is also recognized by Super Lawyers for his high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Areas of Practice

  • Injury Law
  • Federal Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska, 1965
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1965
  • 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. Court of Veterans Appeals, 1996


  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, J.D. – 1965
  • Stanford University, B.A. – 1960

Honors & Awards

  • 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
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Those Gallant Men: ON Trial in Vietnam, Military Book Club Award Winner

Published Works

  • Those Gallant Men: On Trial in Vietnam, Presidio Press, 1984
  • Of Bronze, Iron, and Ink: John Stevens Berry & the Trials of a Poet, Omaha Magazine, 2023
  • The Twelfth Victim: The Innocence of Caril Fugate, Addicus Books, Inc 2014

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Nebraska State and Federal Bar Associations, Veterans’ Law Section, Member
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney Association, President, 1991 – 1992
  • 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
  • Robert Van Pelt Chapter, Inns of Court, President, 1990 – 1993

Notable Positions

  • 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

Meet Our Other Attorneys

Case Managers

Subscribe to our newsletter

The Service Connection

Our monthly newsletter features about important and up-to-date veterans' law news, keeping you informed about the changes that matter.

Skip to content