Jeremy Berry focuses his practice on government and public policy litigation, public contract and procurement issues, political law, and governmental and regulatory affairs matters. He has counseled clients with issues related to the performance of their contracts with the government and represented clients seeking government contracts, including filing and defending bid protests on the state, county, and municipal levels. Mr. Berry also has experience successfully defending clients in government investigations.
As part of his practice, Mr. Berry represents and counsels elected officials, campaign committees, businesses and political action committees regarding state and federal campaign finance laws and ethics issues.
In 2013, the Daily Report recognized Mr. Berry as being “On The Rise,” an award given to 40 attorneys under the age of 40 in the state of Georgia. Atlanta Magazine honored Mr. Berry as a "Super Lawyer Rising Star" in Government Contracts in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Mr. Berry recently graduated Leadership DeKalb with the Class of 2012.
Mr. Berry is a graduate of Emory University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Berry served as a notes and comments editor of the Emory Law Journal and received the Dean's Award for Outstanding Public Service, a Dean's Award for Legal Writing, and an Albert W. Stubbs Endowed Scholarship. Prior to law school, he was the assistant director of federal affairs for Emory University.
Mr. Berry received the 2006 Pro Bono and Community Service Award from McKenna Long & Aldridge. Working with other attorneys in the Firm on a pro bono basis, Mr. Berry represented a then-seventeen year old Colombian girl in several state and federal court proceedings and assisted her in obtaining legal permanent residency based on her Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
- Represented three commission charter schools in litigation before trial court and Georgia Supreme Court testing constitutionality of Georgia's charter school law that created independent state-level charter authorizer. Gwinnett County School District v. Cox, 289 Ga. 265 (2011).
- Successfully represented Fortune 500 company in recoupment action brought by Georgia Department of Community Health in which state agency sought to recoup more than $18 million from client. After company filed initial administrative appeal, Department of Community Health abandoned recoupment action.
- Part of the Firm’s team hired by the DeKalb County School District in February 2013 to conduct an extensive independent governance review of the school board and school system operations.
- Successfully defended Fortune 500 company in multi-million dollar recoupment action brought by the Georgia Department of Community Heath and State Inspector General, resulting in complete dismissal of action.
- Represented Fortune 500 data processing outsourcing company in several aspects of its $300 million health care claims processing contract with the Georgia Department of Community Health, including procurement, scope of work claims, and litigation.
- Currently representing clients in litigation regarding permit applications for outdoor advertising signs.
- Representing developer in multi-million dollar litigation against county over contract for airport development.
- Successfully defended Fortune 500 company against allegation of improper sales practices by persuading Georgia Inspector General and state agency from pursuing a formal investigation.
- Represented clients in responding to and reaching an amicable resolution of investigations by Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Georgia Department of Banking and Finance.
- Representation of numerous clients asserting and defending against bid protests with a number of Georgia state and local government entities, including the Department of Administrative Services, the Department of Community Health, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Human Resources, State Road and Tollway Authority, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Education, the Georgia Technology Authority, the Georgia World Congress Center, the City of Atlanta, DeKalb County, Fulton County, and others.
- On behalf of campaign committee of county commission chairman, obtained dismissal of independent candidate’s election challenge regarding requirements of nomination petition.
- In action by outdoor advertiser against the Georgia Department of Transportation, enjoined Georgia Department of Transportation from terminating state contract and then successfully negotiated multi-million dollar settlement and new multi-year contract.
- Represented Fortune 200 company in suspension and debarment proceedings and related litigation before reaching an amicable resolution with Georgia Department of Administrative Services.
- Representing elected officials regarding various matters pending before the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (formerly known as the Georgia State Ethics Commission).
- Extensive counseling and litigation involving the Georgia Open Records Act for various clients.
- J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2003
- B.A., Emory University, 1997
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- “Georgia State and Local Government Contracts,” Thomson Reuters, primary author, (2009 ed.).
- “Licensing a Choice: ‘Choose Life’ Specialty License Plates and Their Constitutional Implications,” Emory Law Journal, (Fall 2002).
Seminars and Presentations:
- "Government Contracts Update,” 60th Annual Institute for City and County Attorneys, Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. Atlanta, Georgia. September 13, 2013