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Berger Montague Opens Minneapolis Office and Hires Attorney E. Michelle Drake

DATE: January 11, 2016

Philadelphia, PA, January 11, 2016 — Berger Montague, a nationally renowned plaintiffs’ class action law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, is proud to announce today that E. Michelle Drake has joined the Firm as a new Shareholder. Ms. Drake, one of the top consumer and employment class action attorneys in the United States, will open a new office for Berger Montague in Minneapolis, Minnesota where Ms. Drake resides. The Minneapolis office will represent the Firm’s clients nationwide in a variety of consumer and employment matters.

Prior to joining Berger Montague, Ms. Drake chaired the consumer practice group at Minneapolis-based Nichols Kaster, PLLP. Ms. Drake is a member of the Board of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, on the Partner’s Council of the National Consumer Law Center, a member of the Steering Committee for the Plaintiffs’ Class Action Forum, and serves as the Treasurer for the Consumer Litigation Section of the Minnesota Bar. During her career, Ms. Drake has prosecuted and obtained significant settlements in numerous class action cases. Her practice includes Fair Credit Reporting Act cases, as well as consumer protection cases involving student loans, payday loans, and consumer privacy.

“I am very proud to join Berger Montague,” said Ms. Drake. “I know first-hand that the Firm is well-established, innovative, and staffed with many of the best attorneys in the country. I am excited to open a new office in Minneapolis and to continue to work with skilled and experienced lawyers who share my belief that corporations must be held accountable when they break the law.”

“Our decision to open the Minneapolis office reflects the confidence we have in Michelle to add another dimension to our already strong consumer practice,” said H. Laddie Montague, Jr., the President of Berger Montague “Based on Michelle’s successful track record and that of the associates she is bringing to our office, we know the Minneapolis office will help the Firm in its mission to obtain justice for those who have been injured by illegal business practices and other unlawful conduct.”

Joining Ms. Drake in the new Minneapolis office at the outset will be two experienced associate attorneys, Joe Hashmall and John Albanese, both of whom previously worked at Nichols Kaster, as well as paralegals and staff. Mr. Hashmall is a graduate of Grinnell College and the Cornell University School of Law and clerked for President Judge Bonnie B. Leadbetter of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and for the Honorable David J. Ten Eyck of the Minnesota District Court. Mr. Albanese, a graduate of Georgetown University and Columbia Law School, was a managing editor on the Columbia Law Review, and clerked on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Berger Montague, based in Philadelphia, PA, employs over 60 attorneys who represent plaintiffs in complex and class action litigation. The Firm has played lead roles in major cases for over 45 years resulting in recoveries of over $30 billion for its clients and the classes they represent. The Firm’s attorneys have extensive experience in representing injured parties in class action litigation.

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