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Michael C. Berry, Sr. began practicing law after a successful business career in 1991. After an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army in 1972, Mr. Berry graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan. In 1991 he launched his second career after receiving a Juris Doctorate degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. Prior to attending Law School, Mr. Berry was employed by national and international corporations holding various positions including corporate analyst, eventually becoming president of a construction and manufacturing company which built low, medium and high-rise glass buildings throughout the U.S. with a few projects offshore.
Mr. Berry has travelled extensively; practices law in state, federal and international forums working with diplomats, law enforcement, and judiciary. His cases have included matters in numerous countries around the globe.
At present, Mr. Berry’s cases include international arbitrations of multimillion dollar contract disputes in Afghanistan.
In addition to business matters, Mr. Berry has always made time for the advancement of children’s rights. He has been retained by foreign governments in complex international child custody matters hunting down abducted children, and breaking “black market adoptions.” Mr. Berry appears as an expert witness in child abduction cases, has lectured and written on International Child Abduction; and mentors lawyers in international child custody cases. He has contributed numerous hours to the Children’s Legal Aid Society (CLAS), an IRS 501C-3, specifically formed in support of Children’s Rights.
Mr. Berry has held many quasi-judicial positions in Florida as a Hearing Officer, Magistrate and Special Master. In his profession, Mr. Berry has served, and in some instances chaired, committees for local and state bar associations, including the Clearwater Bar Association, Florida Bar Civil Practice Rules Committee, and served three years as Executive Director of the Barney Masterson Inn of Court. In 2008, Mr. Berry was privileged as being selected by his peers, the Sixth Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee, for the final round of judicial appointment to the Sixth Circuit Court in Florida. Ultimately, the then Governor Crist selected another highly qualified and deserving candidate for the position.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1991||01/11/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Award of Merit||National Center of Missing & Exploited Children||1996|
|Attorney||Michael C. Berry & Assoc. P.A.||1991 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Bar||Member||1991 - Present|
|Clearwater Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|St. Petersburg Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|International Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Dorrity v Dorrity, 695 So.2d 411, 22 Fla. L. Weekly D1242||N/A|
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|Florida Bar CLE Publication||International Child Abduction||1998|
|University of Michigan, Ann Arbor||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1976|
|St. Thomas University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|