Firm History

About Berry Law Firm

Aggressive Criminal Attorneys in Lincoln & Omaha

buildingFounded in 1965 by Attorney John Stevens Berry, Sr., Berry Law Firm has been fighting to protect the constitutional rights of clients for decades. Thousands of clients have trusted our firm with their cases and, more importantly, their futures.

Our knowledgeable Nebraska criminal defense lawyers have more than 100 years of collective legal experience, and we continue to uphold a heritage of aggressive, effective, and reliable legal advocacy to individuals who have been arrested or charged with crimes in Lincoln, Omaha, and the entire state of Nebraska.

Berry Law Firm represents individuals facing serious criminal charges in state and federal courts throughout Nebraska. While we have a long history of representing Nebraskans, we also have a long history of representing military personnel who have been charged with crimes. In addition, we have successfully represented out-of-state clients who have been stopped for drug crime charges, DUI's, or other crimes.

Berry Law Firm’s trial practice goes beyond criminal defense. Our personal injury practice represents victims of car accidents, slip-and-falls, and nursing home injuries, offering knowledgeable and supportive counsel. We also have a long history of representing veterans. When founder John Stevens Berry Sr. returned from his final tour in Vietnam, he offered representation to veterans with PTSD accused of crimes in Nebraska. Today, our veterans’ disability benefits practice represents veterans in all 50 states, including at VA regional offices, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.


John Stevens Berry, Sr. attended Stanford University (B.A. 1960) and Northwestern University (J.D. 1965). He is a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and past president of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. He has attended both the Infantry Officers' Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, and the Judge Advocate General's Course at Charlottesville, Virginia. As a Captain in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Berry authored Those Gallant Men, a book about his first-hand experiences as a lawyer fighting in a combat zone. His journeys included fighting in a combat zone, including his successful defense of members of the 5th Special Forces against murder charges. The memoir was highly praised and was chosen as Book of the Month by the Military Book Club. He also published The Twelfth Victim, which chronicled and critiqued the unjust trial and conviction of Caril Fugate during the infamous Starkweather murders in Nebraska.

Attorney John Stevens Berry, Sr. has represented clients in complex criminal defense cases in more than 24 states in the U.S. and in two foreign countries. For more than a decade, Berry maintained a local radio show while practicing law. "The John Stevens Berry Show" first aired on KLIN and later on KZUM.

As a testament to our firm's commitment to ethics, our professionalism, and our displays of extensive legal knowledge, John Berry, Sr. has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® and he has achieved the prestigious AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®. Berry Law Firm is also listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys.

Our criminal defense lawyers are active in professional organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. We are well-trained trial lawyers and are disciplined in our efforts to sharpen, hone, and perfect our craft in order to provide the best possible results for our clients.


While our offices are located in Lincoln, Omaha, and Seward we represent clients throughout the state of Nebraska to include, but not limited to:

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