C. Byron Berry Jr.
New Orleans, Louisiana
C. Byron Berry Jr.
Byron Berry, Jr. joined Montgomery, Barnett in 2010 as a Partner. Byron's
experience is in a broad spectrum of litigation matters, including class
action, complex, multi-district and multi-party litigation, in the areas
of administrative law, construction litigation, business litigation, professional
malpractice liability, pharmaceutical drug liability, products liability,
toxic tort/asbestos, labor and employment, healthcare fraud/abuse, transportation
litigation and general personal, casualty and insurance defense representing
a variety of parties, ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies.
Byron is known for leading, managing and coordinating counsel in large
multi-party litigation matters. He has served as lead or second chair
in over 100 jury trials and over 80 judge trials/administrative law hearings.
Byron is a former Assistant District Attorney in New Orleans. During his
tenure, he attained the position of Head of Narcotics and served as a
member of the Violent Offender and Narcotics Strike Forces. He conducted
a wide-range of complex and high profile criminal investigations and prosecutions
in one of the busiest, high-volume jurisdictions in the United States.
Byron's other significant contributions include:
Served as disciplinary counsel for the Louisiana State Board of Medical
Examiners, and provided the Board with general counsel and advice. Byron
conducted and supervised state regulatory and disciplinary investigations
and proceedings involving various health care professions for the State
Successful defense and resolution for a post-Hurricane Katrina federal
government contractor in a multi-million dollar dispute with the Wage
and Hour Division of the Department of Labor under the Service Contract
Act (SCA), Contract Work Hours Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA) and the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Served as Louisiana outside general counsel for post Hurricane Katrina
and Hurricane Rita federal government contractor conducting storm debris
clean-up and environmental remediation services.
Successful defense and resolution for environmental contractor in consolidated
multi-party discrimination lawsuits involving, among other things, claims
under 42 U.S.C. 1983 of race discrimination and harassment.
Development and implementation of forensic document and electronically
stored information collection, quality control, review and production
protocols and processes involving over 3 million records and supervised
20 attorneys in the resulting review and evidence production in consolidated
Authored legislation for a State Senator and coordinated lobbying efforts
in the State Legislature that resulted in a permanent funding source for
Crimestoppers programs throughout the State of Louisiana.
A native of New Orleans, Byron was born in 1966. He received his Bachelor
of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Southern Methodist
University, Dallas, Texas, in 1989, and was awarded his Juris Doctor by
the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge,
Louisiana in 1992. He was a partner in another law firm before joining
Montgomery, Barnett in 2010.
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
Honors and Awards:
- 2004 Power Generation (40 under 40) - New Orleans City Business
- 2002 Chairman's Award of Appreciation - Crimestoppers
- Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, May, 1992 J.D.
- Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1989 B.B.A. in Accounting
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
Areas of Practice:
- Administrative Law
- Business Litigation
- Construction Law
- Governmental and Public Entities
- Healthcare Fraud/Abuse
- Labor and Employment Litigation
- Personal Injury, Casualty and Insurance Defense
- Pharmaceutical Drug Liability
- Products Liability
- Professional Malpractice Litigation
- Transportation Litigation
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