Owensboro, KY, native Jeff Berry has been a Major League Baseball player agent and attorney since 1998. He started his agent career with Hendricks Sports Management before moving on to IMG in 1999 and then eventually to CAA, where in 2006 he was one of the original employees of the newly formed CAA Sports.
As the longtime Co-Head of CAA Baseball, Berry has led tremendous growth and success in the baseball division. Since its inception in 2006, CAA Baseball has negotiated nearly $4 billion in guaranteed contracts and advised 60 first-round picks. In 2021, CAA Baseball represented 10 MLB All-Stars and over the last 16+ years the client list has included four MVPs, five Cy Young winners, seven Rookies of the Year and 99 All-Stars.
Berry has been repeatedly recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the World’s Most Powerful Sports Agents and is known as a fierce advocate for players. Berry’s advocacy has sparked two major rule changes, protecting catchers from home-plate collisions (The Buster Posey Rule) and making it possible for players to be traded soon after being drafted (The Trea Turner Rule). He has also been outspoken on various labor issues, the amateur draft and salary arbitration.
Following a family move to Massachusetts in 1984, Berry went on to graduate from Leominster High School in 1988 and was a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams. A three-year starting catcher for the baseball team that won State Championships in 1986 and 1988, Berry was inducted into the LHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
Berry played college baseball at Northeastern University and UNC Charlotte. He graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1992 and went on to play one season in the Boston Red Sox minor-league system. Following his playing career, Berry attended Oklahoma City University School of Law and served three years as the Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach. He earned his Juris Doctor from OCU School of Law, graduating cum laude in May of 1998 and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar Association in September of 1998.
Berry has been married to wife Sarah since 2005 and they have 3 children; Jax, Clark and Whitney and they reside in Bradenton, FL.