I am a criminal defense attorney. To some, that means I am noble and honorable because I do something no one else wants to do. To others, I represent the world’s worst people and therefore must be one of them myself. To me, it means I wouldn’t want to live in a world where I only got a lawyer if my accusers liked me.
I hope none of you ever needs me. But if you ever do, I will be there to stand next to you and tell your accusers to prove it; to tell the government it doesn’t get to punish you because it failed to follow the rules; to tell the police they can’t abuse their power and get away with it; to tell the judge all of the good things about you and all of the sad things that happened to you that brought you before him for punishment so that maybe he will show you some leniency; to remind the judge and the prosecutor that no one is as bad as his worst deed. I’ve successfully defended clients charged with sex crimes, drug dealing, and murder; I will passionately fight for your rights regardless of how big or small your case is. And I’ll do it no matter what your accuser says.
I began practicing law October 2001. I am Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar Board of Specialization and Legal Education and have been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. I am admitted to the Bar for the State of Florida, the District of Columbia (Inactive), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. I am a Past-President of the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the board of directors and a life member for the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I am also an active member of the Wellington First Chapter of NPI.
I came to Florida from Connecticut, where I grew up and later attended law school at the University of Connecticut from 1998 to 2001. In law school, I received the CALI Excellence Award for receiving the highest grade in my section of criminal law and for my work in the Criminal Clinical Program. I also received an “A” grade in both criminal procedure and advanced criminal procedure. Prior to law school, I graduated cum laude from American University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Justice.
Upon graduating from law school, I began my professional legal career at the Office of the Public Defender for the 15th Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County. I accepted that job because of the extremely high quality of representation that office was known to provide to indigent clients. During my 9 1/2 years working as a public defender, I represented thousands of people charged with a variety of misdemeanors and felonies in both adult and juvenile court. I spent more than two years in the Major Crimes (Homicide) Division, where I successfully tried several murder and manslaughter cases and represented numerous people facing the death penalty. As an assistant public defender, I also had the honor of serving as the Resource Director for the County Court division where I supervised new attorneys in the office, assisting them in trial preparation and teaching them the importance of professional representation.
I have been in private practice since 2011 and became the founding partner of Scott Berry Law, P.A. in February, 2016. At Scott Berry Law, I represent clients in federal and state court who are being investigated or have been arrested for criminal charges. I also handle juvenile delinquency cases, sealing and expunction proceedings, witness representation, and grand jury investigations. In addition to direct client representation, I provide expert and consulting services to other criminal defense lawyers in motion and trial practice. Most importantly, I am dedicated to defending your freedom, one client at a time.