Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards2020-11-05T11:33:28-05:00

Berger Montague is founded on the principle that our attorneys focus all of their considerable energies on vigorously protecting the rights of our clients and litigating our cases to successful conclusions.

Legal peers, clients, federal and state courts, national legal rating entities, and national and regional legal publications have lauded Berger Montague and its attorneys for decades, recognizing the Firm’s legal skills, professional ethics, client successes, pro bono work, and community involvement. The American Bar Association; The American Association for Justice; The Federal Bar Association; The Pennsylvania Bar Association; The Public Justice Foundation; The Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges; and the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, have all honored Berger Montague and its attorneys.

Honors and Recognition

Judicial Praise by Federal and State Courts

Berger Montague has repeatedly received published judicial praise for its expertise in developing, litigating and settling extremely large class actions and other complex litigation, including commercial litigation.

Berger Montague Attorneys are Top-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Numerous Berger Montague attorneys have received Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV” Peer Reviewed rating. The “AV” rating is the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell rating and is “a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence,” according to Lexis-Nexis Martindale-Hubbell. This distinction is awarded to less than five percent of all United States lawyers. Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings are not sold. An attorney awarded the “AV” rating has earned that distinction based on the anonymous opinions of attorneys and judges who have witnessed the ethics and legal abilities of the rated lawyer.

Lawdragon Recognizes Berger Montague Attorneys

Berger Montague attorneys have received numerous Lawdragon awards, including “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” “500 Leading Litigators,” “500 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America,” “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers,” and “100 Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation.”

Berger Montague Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Numerous Berger Montague attorneys have repeatedly been selected as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters. In 2020, 27 of the Firm’s attorneys based in Philadelphia were named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer or Rising Star.

The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly Have Distinguished Berger Montague Attorneys with Awards

The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly have given “25 Women of the Year in Pennsylvania,” “Top 30 Pennsylvania Lawyers Under 40,” “Lawyers on the Fast Track,” “Unsung Hero,” “Distinguished Leader,” and “Best Law Firm Mentor” awards to our attorneys.

Recent Awards

U.S. News and Best Lawyers Names Berger Montague a 2021 “Best Law Firm”

Berger Montague has a history of being highly ranked by U.S. News and Best Lawyers in their annual “Best Law Firms” report, and the 2021 report is no exception. Rankings are broken out on both national and local levels. In Philadelphia, Berger Montague was named a Tier 1 law firm in Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation,  Employment Law – Individuals, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Securities, and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs. In Minneapolis, the Firm was named a Tier 3 law firm for Employment Law – Individuals.

Nationally, the Firm was named a Tier 1 law firm for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, a Tier 2 law firm for Antitrust Law and Commercial Litigation, and a Tier 3 law firm for Litigation – Antitrust.

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes collecting client and lawyer evaluations, gathering peer reviews from leading attorneys in the field, and reviewing additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

Chambers and Partners Names Berger Montague a 2020 Leading Antitrust Law Firm

For many years, Chambers and Partners has selected our Firm as one of Pennsylvania’s very best. Chambers and Partners most recently observed that Berger Montague’s antitrust group is “a preeminent force in the Pennsylvania antitrust market, offering expert counsel to clients from a broad range of industries, including the chemical, pharmaceutical and transportation sectors. Highly distinguished for the strength of its plaintiff-side work acting on monopoly matters and price-fixing, including an impressive track record in complex, high-profile class actions.” Chambers and Partners has previously noted that the Firm “fields a high-quality and extremely well-respected antitrust group…[that] has an excellent reputation for bringing class actions,” citing sources who said that “[t]his team is conscientious and zealous in its representation of clients and is top of the field among the plaintiffs’ Bar.”

In 2020, Chambers and Partners ranked Berger Montague Band 1 for Antitrust in Pennsylvania and named four attorneys in our antitrust department as among the most highly regarded, including Eric L. Cramer, Merrill G. Davidoff, H. Laddie Montague Jr., and David F. Sorensen.

The National Law Journal Names Berger Montague 2020 Elite Trial Lawyers

In 2020, The National Law Journal named Berger Montague the 2020 Elite Trial Lawyers Consumer Protection Law Firm of the Year. The Firm was also recognized as a finalist in six additional categories.

In addition, Shareholder E. Michelle Drake was named a 2020 Elite Woman of the Plaintiffs Bar, an honor which celebrates women lawyers who have consistently excelled in high-stakes matters on behalf of plaintiffs across their careers and within the last year. Ms. Drake was one of only 11 attorneys to receive this honor.

The Legal 500 Names Berger Montague a 2020 “Top Tier Firm”

The 2020 United States edition of The Legal 500, an international legal referral guide, has recommended Berger Montague as a Top Tier Firm for Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Plaintiff.

The Legal Intelligencer Names Berger Montague 2019 Class Action Litigation Department of the Year

In 2019, The Legal Intelligencer named Berger Montague, as a Firm, Class Action Litigation Department of the Year. This award is part of the Intelligencer‘s annual Professional Excellence Awards series, which honors Pennsylvania law firms and attorneys who have made a significant, positive impact on the legal profession.

The Legal Intelligencer Names Berger Montague a 2018 Law Firm Innovator

Berger Montague, as a Firm, was honored by The Legal Intelligencer with its inaugural Law Firm Innovator award. For the Law Firm Innovator award, The Legal Intelligencer sought attorneys or whole firms that are on the cutting edge of the profession. Boiled down to its essence, this award recognizes those lawyers, legal professionals and law firms who think outside the box and have demonstrated an ability to distinguish their brands in a crowded market.

The National Law Journal Names Berger Montague to its “Hot List” of the Top Plaintiffs’ Law Firms in the United States

Berger Montague won this award in 2004, 2005, 2007-2013, 2015, and 2016. The National Law Journal has called Berger Montague a “case in point” as a “canny, assertive and effective plaintiffs’ firm” (2007); described our Firm as having “a prominent hand in some of the country’s biggest cases” (2005); noted that we have provided “39 years of successful practice, primarily in complex plaintiffs’ litigation in securities, antitrust, consumer fraud, environmental and employment law” (2009); and as having “secured awards and settlements worth billions of dollars for clients in the areas of antitrust, securities, mass torts and civil and human rights” (2004). In 2008, 2015, and 2016, The National Law Journal highlighted the work of Berger Montague shareholder, Sherrie R. Savett.

Past Awards

The Public Justice Foundation Twice Named Berger Montague as “Trial Lawyer of the Year”

In 2009, the prestigious Public Justice Foundation “Trial Lawyer of the Year Award” went to Berger Montague for its work on the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant Litigation based on its “long and hard-fought” victory against “formidable corporate and government defendants.” The 2009 award represented the second time that Berger Montague won the “Trial Lawyer of the Year Award” from The Public Justice Foundation. Berger Montague’s first “Trial Lawyer of the Year Award” was for the Firm’s work in the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Litigation.

Portfolio Media Names Berger Montague as a Top Plaintiffs’ Employment Practice in the United States

In 2010, Portfolio Media, publishers of Law 360, selected Berger Montague’s Employment Law Department, chaired by shareholder Shanon J. Carson, as one of the top plaintiffs’ employment practices in the United States. Only eight law firms in the United States received this honor.

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