25 Years of Judicial Experience

Judge Berry's 25 years of judicial experience has earned her  an outstanding reputation in the legal profession.  She has presided over hundreds of trials, and countless civil settlement conferences. 

Judge Berry has experience with cases involving:


Breach of Contract

Class Action

Commercial Business Transactions

Construction Defect


Eminent Domain

Employment Disputes

Family Business Disputes

Home Owners Associations

Insurance Bad Faith

Legal Malpractice  

Medical Malpractice


Patent Infringement

Personal Injury

Probate and Trust 

Product Liability

Real Estate

Wrongful Death  

Education and Training

  • Master of Judicial Studies National Judicial College
  • Tulane University School of Law
  • University of California, Sacramento  B.S Criminal Justice
  •  Alternative Dispute Resolution Certification: National Judicial College
  • Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University
  • Cambridge University, Corpus Christi College, United Kingdom International Law Program

State Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • California 
  • Nevada

Professional Affliations

President of Nevada District Judges Association

Chief Judge Second Judicial District Court

Chairman of the National Judicial College Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Courts and the Media

Presiding Judge of the ABA/ABOTA National Trial Academy

Faculty member of the National Judicial College

National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Nevada Chapter


Ardea Canepa Esq., Maddox, Segerblom and Canepa, Reno NV.  " Judge Berry has the experience and knowledge to handle complex litigation mediations.  She always puts in the time necessary to understand each case so that no time is wasted during actual mediation.  Judge Berry's extensive  years on the bench provide for a beneficial evaluative mediation style that aids attorneys and clients alike to understand the risks and benefits of the settlement verses trial on a case-by-case basis. Our firm has utilized Judge Berry's mediation services a number of times and have always been pleased with her professionalism, expertise and diligence." 

Phil Stone Esq., The Stone Law Firm, Reno NV. " Judge Berry has the unique ability to connect with clients and explain the nuances of their legal circumstance with clarity and acumen.  I was exceedingly impressed with her skill and expertise." "My clients were very impressed with Judge Berry and equally happy with my selection of her as their mediator."

Peter Chase Neumann Esq. "In the fifty years I practiced law as an active trial lawyer, I observed Judge Jan Berry to be not only a superb trial judge, but an exceptional mediator.  Some judges are better at trial then mediation, and vice versa.  Judge Berry excels at both".

Kathy Parks Esq., Reno NV. " I was thrilled at how quickly Judge Berry was able to resolve a very complex real estate case that was a legal nightmare for my clients".

Ann Morgan, Esq. Fennemore & Craig:

 "Judge Berry was  prepared, listened well, had insights about the issues and parties that encouraged resolution of a highly emotional matter".



Reno Business and Professional Woman of the Year

Truckee Meadows Human Services Award

Distinguished Jurist Education Award

( 1,000 hours of judicial education)

Nevada Judicial Leadership Summit

Tulane Law Review: "Preservation of the Immortal Seed: Life After Death" 

Inducted to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Nevada Chapter, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals




Will Judge Berry travel to attend mediations? 


Is there a minimum number  of mediation hours required to hire Judge Berry? 

There is a 4 hour minimum to conduct a mediation.   

What are the hourly fees? 

Hourly fees depend on the number of parties involved in the case.  Please call for a quote.   

Do you charge for travel time? 

Travel fees are negotiable.   

Does your Court Canine, Madeline attend mediations?  She loves to spend time in the courtroom and in mediations!