Sarah Schalman-Bergen

Biography

Sarah R. Schalman-Bergen is a Shareholder at the Firm. She Co-Chairs the Firm’s Employment Law Department and is a member of the Firm’s Antitrust, Insurance Products & Financial Services, and Lending Practices & Borrowers’ Rights Departments. She is also a member of the Firm’s Hiring Committee, Associate Development Committee and Pro Bono Committee.

Ms. Schalman-Bergen represents employees who are not being paid properly in class and collective action wage and hour employment cases as well as in class action discrimination cases across the country. Specifically, Ms. Schalman-Bergen has served as lead counsel in dozens of wage theft lawsuits, representing employees in a variety of industries, including at meat and poultry plants, at fast food restaurants, in the oil and gas industry, in white collar jobs and in the government.

Ms. Schalman-Bergen also serves as counsel to employees, consumers and businesses in antitrust cases, including representing the employees of several high tech companies who alleged that the companies entered into “do not poach” agreements that illegally suppressed employees’ wages. Ms. Schalman-Bergen has represented homeowners whose mortgage loan servicers have force-placed extraordinarily high-priced insurance on them. She currently represents several cities in lawsuits against major banks for allegedly discriminatory practices in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Ms. Schalman-Bergen maintains an active pro bono practice. She serves as volunteer of counsel to the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. Through her role there, Ms. Schalman-Bergen litigates HIV discrimination and confidentiality cases, as well as other cases impacting the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Prior to joining Berger Montague, Ms. Schalman-Bergen practiced in the litigation department at a large Philadelphia firm where she represented clients in a variety of industries in complex commercial litigation. During law school, Ms. Schalman-Bergen served as an executive editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

Professional Leadership

  • Panelist at ACI National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions, 2013 – 2017
  • Speaker at Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2016
  • Speaker at American Bar Association HIV Law & Practice Conference, 2016
  • Panelist at ACI Annual Forum on Employment Discrimination Litigation, 2014, 2016
  • Speaker at Penn State Law School and Temple Law School on HIV/AIDS Discrimination and Policy, 2012

Credentials

Education:

Law School

Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2007

Undergraduate

Tufts University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2001

Honors & Awards:


  • In 2015, Ms. Schalman-Bergen was honored as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by the Legal Intelligencer. Ms. Schalman-Bergen was 1 of 40 attorneys selected by a six-member judging panel composed of evaluators from all corners of the legal profession and Pennsylvania.

  • From 2010 through 2018, Ms. Schalman-Bergen was named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer- Rising Star.

  • In 2010, Ms. Schalman-Bergen was honored as an “Unsung Hero” by the Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania’s daily law journal, for her pro bono work with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania.

  • From 2007-2009 Ms. Schalman-Bergen served as the Jerome J. Shestack Public Interest Fellow at WolfBlock LLP.


Publications


Admissions

Member – Pennsylvania Bar


Admitted – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Admitted – Middle District of Pennsylvania

Admitted – Western District of Pennsylvania

Admitted – U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Admitted – Eastern District of Arkansas

Admitted – Western District of Arkansas

Admitted – District of Colorado

Admitted – District of Nebraska

Admitted – Northern District of New York

Admitted – Northern District of Ohio

Admitted – Southern District of Texas

Admitted – Southern District of Indiana

Admitted- Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Admitted – Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Admitted – Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Admitted – Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Admitted – Supreme Court of the United States


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