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Brett W. Berri earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from George Washington University in 1985. A native of the St. Louis area, Berri returned for law school and graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1988.  While there, he served as Associate Editor of the Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law.

In 1988, Berri relocated to Jefferson City to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew Jackson Higgins of the Missouri Supreme Court. After a year with the Court, he went on to work at the Office of the Secretary of State for more than ten years, first as a securities attorney, then later as counsel serving the elections division, the franchise tax unit and the administrative rules divisions. In 1998, Berri took a year’s sabbatical from the office during which he earned a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He finished his tenure with the office as legislative liaison.

In 2001, Berri went to work as an Assistant Attorney General under former Attorney General Jay Nixon, serving as legislative liaison, and also working on special litigation, including a variety of administrative and appellate work.  In January 2009, Berri became legislative liaison for the Office of Administration under the new administration of Governor Nixon. He served in that capacity until Governor Nixon appointed him to a six year term at the Administrative Hearing Commission in July of 2015.

Berri has contributed to the Missouri Bar’s continuing legal education program as both a speaker and an author. He resides in Jefferson City with his dog Penny.