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Judge Berry to leave bench, join Allen firm

Culpeper Circuit Judge John G. “Jack” Berry is giving up his robe to return to private practice.

Berry, who has served on the 16th Circuit bench since 2008, is stepping down to run the Charlottesville office of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, Virginia’s largest personal injury law firm. Berry will join the firm on Feb. 1.

Berry was in private practice from 1979 to 2008, when he was elected to a circuit judgeship by the General Assembly. He has served as chief judge for the 16th Circuit since November 2010.

As a lawyer, Berry represented the 16th Circuit on the Virginia State Bar Council from 2000 to 2006. He served on the VSB 7th District Ethics Committee from 1999 to 2005.

He is a 1976 graduate of Washington & Lee University; he earned his law degree from the University of Virginia law school in 1979.

As the partner managing the Allen firm’s Charlottesville office, Berry succeeds Matthew B. Murray, who resigned from the firm and retired from practice while under fire for alleged discovery abuses in a multi-million-dollar wrongful death lawsuit.

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