Ryan Berry is an accomplished trial lawyer, investigations and compliance counsel. Before co-founding Ward & Berry in 2017, Mr. Berry was a litigation partner in one of the largest global law firms. He has successfully handled significant commercial litigation matters through trial for clients in the national security, technology, and sports and entertainment sectors.
Mr. Berry is experienced in handling international disputes and investigations for government contractors and multi-national corporations. His work in this area has been particularly focused on the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Mr. Berry has skillfully guided clients through investigations brought by the Inspector General (IG) of federal agencies, Congressional investigations, suspensions and proposed debarments.
Mr. Berry is also a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP). He assists companies in developing and improving their compliance and ethics programs, conducts internal investigations, and provides periodic training to clients on critical compliance topics, such as mandatory reporting requirements, code of conduct, responding to government investigations, and whistleblower protection.
Mr. Berry maintains an active security clearance to represent defense and intelligence community clients in legal matters involving their classified government contracts.
In 2017, Mr. Berry was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA), an international multi-stakeholder initiative comprised of governments, businesses, and civil society organizations promoting the responsible provision of private security services. He also serves as legal counsel to the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA), an association representing companies providing mission-support services in fragile environments.
In 2016, Mr. Berry founded Chaintegrity LLC, a consultancy helping corporations ensure that their supply chains remain free of forced labor. He is a recognized thought leader on using strategic litigation to end the scourge of human trafficking.
Mr. Berry graduated from the Washington & Lee University School of Law. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Berry was a management consultant for the Department of Defense, and earlier served as an officer in the United States Air Force. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy (West Point), where he competed on Army’s NCAA Rifle squad.