Southeast Florida Criminal Defense Attorney with over 16 Years of Legal Experience
Defending Your Freedom One Client At A Time Office Hours - 24/7 Scott Berry believes strongly in providing an aggressive, creative, and discreet defense to each of his clients. He will listen to your side of the story, thoroughly investigate your case, file motions on your behalf when appropriate, aggressively negotiate a settlement if you desire, and prepare your case for trial as quickly and effectively as possible. Scott would rather spend 100 hours on a single client than spend 1 hour on 100 clients. He provides focused attention to your problem and does everything he legally and ethically can to solve it. Scott recognizes that while your case may not be the biggest case he has ever handled, it is definitely the biggest one you have ever experienced. Simply stated, at Scott Berry Law, P.A. the client is the most important part of the attorney-relationship.
515 N. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach FL 33401
If you have been charged with a crime in Florida, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
Whether you are in State court charged with murder, vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter or a sexual offense, or you have been indicted by the federal government for drug trafficking or fraud, you should consider this: if your doctor said you needed heart surgery or you wouldn't live to see your next birthday, you would seek out the best heart surgeon you could find and find a way to hire that person. Likewise, when the government wants to take away your liberty, you should hire the best criminal attorney in West Palm Beach that you can afford. At Scott Berry Law, P.A., Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer Scott Berry has represented clients charged with serious offenses for most of his career. Like many lawyers, he began his career handling juvenile and misdemeanor cases, but quickly moved onto more serious felonies. In fact, the vast majority of cases he has tried have been felonies punishable by life in prison. Scott has represented citizens charged with First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Aggravated Manslaughter, DUI Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicide, Sexual Battery, Lewd/ Lascivious Battery, Conduct and Molestation. If you are facing a lengthy prison sentence for any of these charges, you should have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side defending your freedom.
I began practicing law October 2001. I am Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar Board of Specialization and Legal Education. 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 Chapter Representative to the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I am active in the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Florida Lawyer's Network, and 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.
-Washington D.C., 2006
-United States Supreme Court, 2006
-United States Southern District of Florida, 2011
-University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2001
-American University, B.A., cum laude
-Palm Beach County Bar Association
-National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-Palm Beach County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-Delray Beach discussion
Cases in the News
-State of Florida v. Israel Juarez-Velasquez*
-State of Florida v. John Dorsey
-State of Florida v. Tommy Moreland*
-State of Florida v. Albert Laguerre
-State of Florida v. Ivana Linic**
-State of Florida v. Jose Martinez Santana***
* Not guilty of first degree murder with a firearm.
** Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child - guilty of a lesser offense, sentenced to probation
*** Death Penalty case - guilty of lesser, 25-year sentence