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Anne F. O'Berry

Anne F. O'Berry came to Florida in 1991 from New York, continuing her work as a litigator and death row attorney. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania summa cum laude and New York University School of Law, she joined our firm in 2011.

 EDUCATION

New York University School of Law, New York, New York. J.D., 1986.  Articles Editor, Annual Survey of American Law.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
B.A. in Sociology and Political Science, summa cum laude, 1983.  Phi Beta Kappa.

 

PRIOR WORK

Hon. Dickinson R. Debevoise, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey. Law Clerk, 1986 to 1987.

 

Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Research and Teaching Associate, 1987 to 1988.   

 

Debevoise & Plimpton, New York, New York. Litigation Associate, 1988 to 1991.  Litigated commercial, international, ethics, and pro bono matters, including representation of Louisiana death row inmate, psychiatric hospital detainee, and homeless New Yorkers challenging shelter conditions.

 

Volunteer Lawyers' Resource Center of Florida,  Tallahassee, Florida. Staff Attorney, 1991 to 1996. Represented indigent death row inmates in state and federal post-conviction proceedings.

 

Battered Women’s Clemency Project, Tallahassee, Florida.  Co-Director, 1996.  Represented incarcerated battered women seeking executive clemency.

 

St. Thomas University Law School, Miami, FL.  Adjunct Professor, 1997.  Taught Race and the Law, and Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating.

Fourth District Court of Appeal, West Palm Beach, Florida. Central Staff Attorney, 1997 to 2000. Drafted opinions and bench memoranda in cases involving non-final civil and criminal appeals, extraordinary writs, prisoner appeals, emergency appeals, and family law, parental termination and child dependency appeals.

 

Berman Devalerio, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Of Counsel, 2000 to present. Prepare briefs and memoranda in securities fraud, antitrust and consumer protection class action lawsuits.

PUBLICATIONS AND LECTURES

Manuel J. Dominguez, William L. Lewis and Anne F. O’Berry, “The Plausibility Standard as a Double-Edged Sword: The Application of Twombly and Iqbal to Affirmative Defenses,” Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 84, No. 6 (June 2010).

 

A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. and Anne F. Jacobs, “The ‘Law Only As An Enemy:’ The Legitimization of Racial Powerlessness Through the Colonial and Antebellum Criminal Laws of Virginia,” North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 70, No. 4 (April 1992).

 

Anne F. Jacobs, “Prisoners’ Rights: Judicial Deference to Prison Administrators,” 1985 Annual Survey of American Law 325.

 

Anne F. Jacobs and Kimberly Soubielle, “Clemency for Incarcerated Battered Women,” Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Spring Conference, Orlando, Florida, 1996.

 

Anne F. Jacobs, “Strategies for Dealing with Clients Who Seek Their Execution,” Life Over Death Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Winter 1994.

 

POSITIONS HELD


Secretary of the Civil Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1988 to 1991.

 

Southern Regional Vice President, National Lawyers Guild, 2011 to present.