- George Washington University School of Law, LL.M., Litigation and Dispute Resolution, 2000
- University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1997
- Executive Editor of the Law Review
- University of Michigan, B.A., 1993
- District of Columbia
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
Federal Agency Practice
- Security Clearance Cases before all Federal Agencies
- Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF)
- Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA)
- Merit Systems Protection Board
- All Federal Agencies for Disciplinary, Adverse and Performance Actions
- Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals
- Intelligence Community (IC) Security Clearance Appeals
- Office of Special Counsel
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Office of Inspector General
Memberships & Affiliations
- Security Clearance Lawyers Association
- D.C. Bar Labor and Employment Law Section
- Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
Seminars & Lectures
- How to Represent Clients Effectively in Security Clearance Cases, CLE Instructor, District of Columbia Bar (2023)
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Merit Systems Protection Board Cases with Federal Employees, CLE Instructor, Virginia CLE (2023)
- Dynamics of Decriminalizing Marijuana for Police Officers, CLE Instructor, NFOP Counselors’ Seminar (2023)
- How to Represent Clients Effectively in Security Clearance Cases, CLE Instructor, District of Columbia Bar (2022)
- Security Clearances for Employment 101, CLE Instructor, Federal Bar Association/MyCLE (2021)
- How to Represent Clients Effectively in Security Clearance Cases, CLE Instructor, District of Columbia Bar (2021)
- How to Represent Clients Effectively in Security Clearance Cases, CLE Instructor, District of Columbia Bar (2020)
- How to Represent Clients Effectively in Security Clearance Cases, CLE Instructor, District of Columbia Bar (2019)
- How to Represent Federal Law Enforcement Officers in OIG Investigations and Federal Disciplinary Actions, NFOP Counselors’ Seminar (2019)
- The Intersection of Security Clearances and Family Law, CLE Instructor, Fairfax Bar Association (2017)
- Council on Education & Management, Employment Laws and How They Impact Human Resources Management
John V. Berry
Mr. Berry is the founding partner and represents federal employees, government contractors, employers, state employees, federal intelligence agency employees, law enforcement officers, firefighters, private sector employees, in various employment, labor and national security law matters.
Mr. Berry’s primary practice areas include security clearance defense, disciplinary action defense, administrative investigation representation, and representation in equal employment opportunity (EEO) claims. For federal employees and government contractors, Mr. Berry represents them nationwide in security clearance appeals and federal disciplinary actions. Mr. Berry frequently defends federal employees in proposed removals, proposed suspensions, and performance matters before their respective agencies; represents federal employees in appeals before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB); represents individuals in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint matters before respective federal agencies and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); and represents federal employees and government contractors in security clearance matters before the Department of Defense Central Adjudication Facility (DoDCAF) and the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA). In addition, Mr. Berry represents security clearance holders before all federal agencies (DoS, DoD, DoE) and those federal agencies within the Intelligence Community (NRO, NGA, CIA, DIA, NSA).
Mr. Berry has represented hundreds of individuals in administrative investigations conducted by agency investigators, inspectors general (IG), internal affairs unit investigators and before the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) of various federal agencies. Mr. Berry also represents private sector, state, county, and municipal employees in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia in various types of investigations, county and state grievance procedures, disciplinary actions, whistleblower issues, and equal employment opportunity (EEO) matters.
Mr. Berry previously served as the General Counsel to the United States Park Police and United States Capitol Police Federal Labor Unions representing law enforcement officers in disciplinary, wage and security clearance matters. Mr. Berry has also served as counsel for local businesses involving issues related to wage and hour matters, Human Resources Policy development, and employment legal defense. He is a security clearance lawyer and member of the Security Clearance Lawyers Association.
Mr. Berry has been interviewed on radio and television networks, like CNN, and written and commented on articles for news organizations such as the Washington Post and others. He has taught continuing education courses for lawyers in his practice areas. He has written several published legal articles on various topics regarding employment and labor law as well as security clearance law. He authors four of the firm’s informative legal blogs involving MSPB appeals, security clearance matters, federal employee employment issues, and Virginia employment law. These legal blogs are located at www.mspblawblog.com, www.securityclearanceblog.com, www.employmentlawvirginia.com, www.federalemployeelawblog.com, and www.securityclearancelawyer.com.
In addition, he previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of the District of Columbia Bar Labor and Employment Law Newsletter and served as a guest speaker for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars on administrative, employment and labor law issues. Mr. Berry frequently provides legal guidance and training to Human Resources personnel of companies, nonprofit entities, and labor unions.
In 2009, Mr. Berry was elected by his peers to the D.C. Bar Labor and Employment Law Section’s Steering Committee. The Committee works to advance the professional development and competence of its members by offering educational programs and publications in the substantive law fields of labor and employment law, as well as areas of practice and procedure. Since 2014, Mr. Berry has served as co-author of the firm’s legal articles on RestonNow, and ArlingtonNow. Since 2019, Mr. Berry has co-taught the District of Columbia Bar continuing legal education course on security clearance representation for other lawyers seeking to learn how to effectively represent clients in security clearance cases. Mr. Berry presented a class for the Virginia Continuing Legal Education program on the security clearance process in May of 2021 and a class regarding the MSPB and EEOC in November of 2022.
Mr. Berry was named a Top Lawyer, as voted by his peers, in both Northern Virginia Magazine (2019-2022) and Arlington Magazine (2019, 2023).