Michael Berry

Michael Berry

Chief of Staff, First Liberty Institute

Michael Berry is the Chief of Staff for First Liberty Institute. He joined First Liberty in 2013 after serving for seven years on active duty as an attorney with the U.S. Marine Corps.  Among Mr. Berry’s numerous positions within the Marine Corps, he deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, and from 2009-2012, Mr. Berry served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the United States Naval Academy.  Mr. Berry continues to serve as a member of the Marine Corps Reserve, and in 2017 he graduated from Command and Staff College where he was named a Distinguished Graduate.

As Chief of Staff for First Liberty Institute, Mr. Berry has participated in some of the nation’s most high-profile religious liberty cases.  As a recognized subject-matter expert on religious liberty within the military, Mr. Berry has testified before Congress and he is routinely invited to speak across the nation about matters affecting religious freedom within the military.  Mr. Berry has been featured in numerous media outlets including Fox News, TIME, Good Morning America, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Houston Chronicle, among many others.

Mr. Berry earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, and he earned his law degree from The Ohio State University.