Dave Berry, Gentry Locke attorney

David R. Berry

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Dave Berry focuses his practice on helping clients with business disputes. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, Dave served for two years as a law clerk to The Honorable Donald W. Lemons, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. He has also held roles in the United States Attorney’s Office and Office of the Attorney General of Virginia.

Dave earned his J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law, where he belonged to the Order of the Coif and the McNeill Law Society. He also served as a Moot Court Board member and as an articles editor of the University of Richmond Law Review. Dave earned a CALI Award in the following categories: Business Litigation Practicum, Comparative Employment Law, Environmental Law, First Amendment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Torts. He graduated cum laude with an undergraduate degree from George Mason University.

  • Hours spent restoring old 4Runner
  • CALI awards earned
  • You worked on a farm while earning your undergraduate degree. Do you still farm or ranch?

    My family had a small cattle farm in central Virginia, where I spent quite a few summers. My job was cutting hay to get them through the winter, and keeping the fences cleared. I don't farm anymore, but I'd love to get back into it.

  • Who or what inspired you to become a lawyer?

    Spending time on the farm with my grandfather inspired me. He was a lawyer, and eventually a Circuit Court judge. He had a very practical approach to farming and the law.

  • You have an unusual hound dog. Do you hunt?

    Whiskey is our dog, a 40-pound Plott hound, which is the North Carolina state dog. He is six years old and still has the energy of a puppy. My wife and I have to hike to wear him out! I do deer hunt, but not with my dog -- he is a bit of a wimp.


  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D. summa cum laude
  • George Mason University, B.A. cum laude


  • As a law clerk to Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons, researched criminal and civil appeals brought before the Supreme Court of Virginia
  • As a legal intern for the United States Attorney’s Office, drafted memos, motions, and responses, helped Assistant U.S. Attorneys with witness interviews, and represented the United States in various court proceedings
  • Researched and assisted with ongoing and upcoming environmental litigation as a Summer Associate with the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, supported section attorneys, and aided in identifying and notifying appropriate registered agents of pending litigation


  • Order of the Coif (2016)
  • McNeill Law Society (2014-2016)
  • CALI Award for  Torts, Environmental Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, First Amendment Law, Business Litigation Practicum, and Comparative Employment Law
  • Articles Editor, University of Richmond Law Review (2015-2016)
  • Board Member, Moot Court (2014-2016)
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