Berger Montague Wins Two Awards in Legal Intelligencer’s 2020 Professional Excellence Awards Series
Berger Montague is proud to announce that the Firm has won two categories in The Legal Intelligencer’s 2020 Professional Excellence Awards series. Chief Administrative Officer & Shareholder Ruthanne Gordon, who retired in April 2020, was named a Best Law Firm Mentor, and Associate Aurelia Chaudhury was named a Lawyer on the Fast Track.
Each year, The Legal Intelligencer’s Professional Excellence Awards highlight the great work and achievements across the full breadth of the Pennsylvania legal community. Honorees will be recognized in special editorial sections and at an awards dinner set for September 9 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia.
Ruthanne Gordon: Best Law Firm Mentor
While drafting Ms. Gordon’s nomination for this award, numerous Berger Montague attorneys reflected on how Ms. Gordon’s long-running counsel, advice, and support have enormously benefited many younger attorneys.
Candice J. Enders, a shareholder in the Firm’s antitrust practice group, had this to say about Ms. Gordon:
“Ruthanne actively mentored me for the last 17 years. She has been instrumental in the development of my legal skills, repeatedly sitting side-by-side with me to discuss ways to improve my writing or other skills. But she has also mentored me in a lot of other ‘soft’ skills, like establishing and maintaining strong relationships with co-counsel and developing my voice within the Firm.”
Caitlin G. Coslett, another antitrust shareholder, stated:
“I have been extremely fortunate to have had Ruthanne as a mentor since my first year at the Firm. Ruthanne has spent countless hours giving me meaningful and useful substantive feedback on my performance, the encouragement to take on more sophisticated work, and the confidence I needed to advance my career and grow at the Firm. It’s amazing to think that Ruthanne has mentored so many other attorneys—including numerous junior women attorneys—as well.”
Mark Suter, an associate in the Firm’s antitrust practice group, shared:
“Ruthanne has been an integral part of my career here at the Firm, ever since I joined as a summer associate. Over the years, she has repeatedly gone out of her way to advocate for me, to teach me, and to check in on me. She has played an essential role in seeking out major case opportunities for me and throughout it all has shown that she genuinely cares about my happiness and well-being.”
Sarah R. Schalman-Bergen, a shareholder and co-chair of the Firm’s employment and unpaid wages practice group, said:
“From the time I was a junior associate to being elected shareholder and co-chair of a department at the Firm, Ruthanne has offered me kind, thoughtful, and sage advice. All lawyers should be as lucky as I have been to have benefited from such a strong female mentor as Ruthanne.”
Aurelia Chaudhury: Lawyer on the Fast Track
As an associate in the antitrust department, Ms. Chaudhury works primarily on pharmaceutical antitrust cases. Her work has contributed to successful challenges of anticompetitive practices by pharmaceutical manufacturers, including a recent $120 million settlement reached on behalf of the direct purchaser class three weeks before trial was scheduled to start in In re Loestrin 24 Fe Antitrust Litigation, related to claims that Allergan wrongfully delayed entry of lower-cost generic versions of Loestrin 24 Fe, a birth control pill. She was an integral part of the trial team in Loestrin, authoring pretrial motions related to market power and damages, and preparing examination and cross-examination outlines for fact and expert witnesses. Ms. Chaudhury is also a member of the trial team in In re Intuniv Antitrust Litigation, a case regarding impaired generic entry of an ADHD medication, scheduled for trial this summer, where she contributed to class certification and summary judgment briefing on market power. Ms. Chaudhury also contributed to the class certification briefing in In re Suboxone (Buprenorphine Hydrochloride and Naloxone) Antitrust Litigation, where the district court certified the direct purchaser class, and she is participating in the pending appeal of that certification. She is currently working on several other pharmaceutical antitrust cases, including In re Novartis and Par (Exforge) Antitrust Litigation, In re Zetia (Ezetimibe) Antitrust Litigation, and JM Smith Corp. v. AstraZeneca Pharm. (Seroquel XR). Ms. Chaudhury’s expertise in econometrics and data analysis is truly unique among attorneys and, along with her excellent research and writing skills, has made her a rising star in the antitrust bar.
Ms. Chaudhury’s work in these cases benefits from her prior experience. She began her career at McKinsey & Company, advising healthcare providers on reducing the cost of care. She then worked at the Massachusetts Medicaid program, improving contracting to reward delivering higher-quality care at a lower cost. In both jobs, she used data to analyze the lack of price competition in healthcare markets – a training that has proved invaluable in her current work.
Ms. Chaudhury spent five semesters in Yale Law School’s Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic, working on behalf of homeowners facing foreclosure from unscrupulous mortgage servicers. One of her supervisors, Jeff Gentes, remembers her as “one of the best.”
“Aurelia has fantastic judgment, earns your trust easily, and is wonderfully practical. She earned plenty of respect from counsel unlucky enough to oppose her. We all knew that the sky was the limit for her, and we’re so happy she’s fighting for consumers.”