Christopher J. Berry
University of Houston
J.D., cum laude, May 1992; Top 10%.
Chief Research Editor, Houston Law Review.
Order of the Coif; Order of the Barons.
A.P. Jones Scholarship; Phi Delta Phi.
University of Arizona
B.A., summa cum laude, May 1989; History and Political Science.
Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Phelps Dodge Scholar; University Honors Program and Outstanding Honors Thesis Award recipient (1989).
Constituent services representative, Arizona Governor Rose Mofford (1987); Men’s Intercollegiate Rodeo Team.
Berry Law Group, PLLC (formerly Berry & Branch and Whitten Berry), Phoenix (2002-Present).
Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP (currently Stinson Leonard Street), Phoenix Office. Associate (1997-99), Partner (1999-2002).
Daughton & Hawkins, Phoenix (1994-97). Associate.
Mayer Brown, Houston Office (1992-94). Associate.
Christopher Berry is the firm’s managing attorney and lead trial counsel. He began his legal career at a large national commercial law firm in Houston, and returned to Arizona in 1994, where he has practiced for twenty years. Chris is a current member of the Texas (1992) and Arizona (1994) Bars. He has been AV Rated (highest peer review ratings for legal ability and ethical standards) by Lexis-Nexus Martindale-Hubbell since 2001. He has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers from 2013 through 2017, and he has been listed in Phoenix Magazine’s Top Attorneys in Arizona in business litigation each year since 2013.
Chris handles a wide range of commercial and injury cases, and he has considerable trial experience. He has tried commercial lawsuits involving unfair trade practices and misappropriation of trade secrets, real estate agent malpractice, fraudulent transfer and commercial embezzlement, construction standards and defective construction, forcible entry and detainer of private utility land, hotel industry franchise disputes, and employment non compete matters. He also tries personal injury and wrongful death claims, including in-custody death, premises liability, injury, and delivery driver collisions resulting in injury and death.
Chris is a frequent speaker on trial and litigation practice issues, including: Police Liability in Arizona (2003-06, 2009-13); Government Liability in Arizona, (2003); Auto Injury Litigation from Start to Finish (2008-2013, including national webcast 2013); Obtaining the Best Settlements for Personal Injury Clients, (2007-2013); Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy (2009); Maximizing and Minimizing Damages in Business Disputes (national webcast 2015); and Commercial Business Disputes and Litigation (national webcast 2014); Partnership and Shareholder Disputes and Litigation (national webcast 2015).
University of Illinois College of Law
J.D., cum laude, May 2017
Published Note: Deciphering Cryptocurrency: Shining a Light on the Deep Dark Web, 2017 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1267 (2017).
Competitor and Coach, Evans Moot Court.
Volunteer, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.
CALI Excellence for the Future Award (highest grade), Torts.
Michigan State University
B.A., May 2013; Political Science
Study Abroad, 2012: University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Carmine DiPiero is an associate attorney who works on commercial litigation matters. Carmine has exceptional research and writing skills, and has a published law review article. Carmine has experience with matters involving breach of contract, negligence, anti-indemnification, and environmental regulation. Carmine also has experience with personal injury and workers’ compensation claims.
Maria Elena Garcia
Maria Elena Garcia is the Berry Law Group’s firm administrator and paralegal. She manages the firm’s business and administrative side, including calendaring and scheduling for the firm and its new and pending cases. Maria Elena has over 36 years experience in civil/commercial/business litigation, appeals, arbitrations and mediation.
Maria Elena was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.