Michael G Berry
  • Partner


Jefferson City, MO






Areas Of Practice

  • Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri


  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1986
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1981

Representative Cases

  • Ferguson v. Curators of Lincoln University, 498 S.W.3d 481 (Mo. App. W. D. 2016)(state court decision affirming judgment on jury verdict for plaintiff, finding age discrimination based upon evidence of pretextual discharge, applying federal standard, e.g., St. Mary's Honor Ctr. v. Hicks, 509 U.S. 502,511 (1993))
  • City of Lee's Summit v. Missouri Pub. Entity Risk Mgmt., 390 S.W.3d 214 (Mo. App. W.D. 2012)(construing occurrence-based insurance coverage for wrongful conviction claims)
  • Fostill Lake Builders, LLC v. Tudor Ins. Co, 338 S.W.3d 336 (Mo. App. W. D. 2011)(holding that federal district court judgment was valid and enforceable in state court garnishment action because the defendant waived the defense of federal preemption arising under the Fair Housing Act ("FHA"), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq., and the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq.)
  • Martin v. City of Washington, 848 S.W.2d 487 (Mo. 1993)(construing 1987 amendments to Missouri's summary judgment Rule 74.01, as bringing Missouri procedure into conformity with Fed.R.Civ.Pro., 56.01, and controlling US Supreme Court cases, e.g., Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317 (1986))
  • Gilliam v. Southard, No. 4:10 CV 1484 TCM, WL 2443761 (E.D. Mo. October 13, 201 l)(defendant's verdict for sheriffs deputy on claim for use of excessive force in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983, arising out of non-fatal shooting at outdoor methamphetamine lab)
  • Landwehr v. City of Gerald, et. al., --- Fed.Appx WL 4594774 (8th Cir. September 23, 2019)(unpublished opinion upholding judgment on a jury verdict on First Amendment retaliation claim against municipality and individual elected officials)

Honors and Awards

  • "Top Defense Verdicts" reported by MO Lawyers Weekly
  • "Top Planitiffs Judgements" reported by MO Lawyers Weekly

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Cole County Bar Association, President, 2003
  • Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Past Chair

Past Employment Positions

  • Berry Wilson, LLC, Partner, 2019
  • Michael G. Berry, LLC, Sole Practioner, 2004 to 2007
  • Henden and Andrae, LLC, Partner, 1986 to 2003