Brad Berry was selected as General Counsel of the NAACP in June 2015. He is a proud product of the public school system in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended college at The George Washington University, where he majored in Economics and was elected both to Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. He went on to attend Yale Law School, where he was named a John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics and Public Policy and served as President of the Yale Black Law Students Association. Following law school, Brad served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, who is a former General Counsel of the NAACP (1969-79). Brad has thus followed in the footsteps of his longtime mentor, Judge Jones.
Over the past three decades, Brad has distinguished himself in the practice of law, developing broad litigation, management, regulatory and enforcement experience in a variety of substantive areas, including civil rights. He was most recently a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of a nationally-recognized law firm, where he focused on securities-related litigation and regulatory compliance in the financial services arena. Prior to joining that firm, Brad had served as Deputy General Counsel for Litigation at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the primary regulator of U.S. derivatives transactions (such as futures and swaps). Prior to joining the CFTC, Brad was a partner in another large, nationally-recognized, Washington, D.C. law firm, where he practiced in the litigation and communications groups. Before that, Brad had served as Deputy Chief of the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission under the leadership of Chairman William Kennard.
Earlier in his career, Brad served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he assisted with oversight of the civil litigating divisions and worked on special projects involving civil and political rights. Brad also served as a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, where he prosecuted racially-motivated crimes and police brutality cases. Brad began his career with a small litigation firm in Washington, D.C. where he focused on white-collar criminal defense and general civil litigation. While there, he worked on a series of fair housing cases challenging the exclusive use of white human models in real estate advertisements appearing in Baltimore newspapers, among other civil rights matters.
Brad lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife of 20 years, Pamela Smith. They are the proud parents of three wonderful children.