October 3, 2018 News
Firm Chair Sherrie R. Savett and Managing Shareholder Shanon J. Carson Named Best of the Bar by Philadelphia Business Journal
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 3, 2018 –Berger Montague is proud to announce that Firm Chair Sherrie R. Savett and Managing Shareholder Shanon J. Carson have been named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2018 Best of the Bar: Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers. Ms. Savett is recognized in the Business Litigation category and Mr. Carson is recognized in the Employment category. This is the second year the Philadelphia Business Journal has presented this award.
The Philadelphia Business Journal received about 200 nominations for this award but only named 40 attorneys Best of the Bar. The nominations were evaluated by the Philadelphia Business Journal’s editorial board and three independent judges. Nominations were evaluated based on significant and recent achievements, including the legal significance, the size of the results, and the business impact of the work.
Sherrie R. Savett, Chairwoman of Berger Montague, and Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation, Qui Tam/False Claims Act, Commercial Litigation, and Technology, Privacy & Data Breach departments, has practiced in the areas of securities litigation and class actions since 1975. Ms. Savett has served as lead counsel and on executive committees in many important securities cases in courts across the country and has obtained numerous record-breaking recoveries, for example, in In re Alcatel Alsthom Securities Litigation ($75 million), In re CIGNA Corp. Securities Litigation ($93 million), In re Fleming Companies, Inc. Securities Litigation ($94 million), In re KLA Tencor Securities Litigation ($65 million), Medaphis/Deloitte & Touche ($96.5 million), In re Rite Aid Corp. Securities Litigation ($334 million), In re Sotheby’s Holding, Inc. Securities Litigation ($70 million), In re Waste Management, Inc. Securities Litigation ($220 million), and In re Xcel Inc. Securities, Derivative & ERISA Litigation ($80 million).
Ms. Savett is also well-known in the area of consumer litigation, for example, achieving a groundbreaking $24 million settlement in the Menu Foods case brought by pet owners against manufacturers of allegedly contaminated pet food, and achieving a large settlement in the TJX Retail Securities Breach Litigation, the first large data breach case where hackers stole personal information from 45 million consumers. This settlement became the template for future data breach class action cases.
During the past decade, Ms. Savett has also overseen Berger Montague’s False Claims Act/Whistleblower department, which maintains a large portfolio of cases alleging fraud against the Government. In this role, Ms. Savett managed the team that settled the Average Wholesale Price Qui Tam cases for more than one billion dollars.
Ms. Savett is also a leader in the nonprofit world. She was President and Board Chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, is on the boards of The National Liberty Museum and the National Museum of American Jewish History, and is the Vice Chair of the American Associates of Ben Gurion University in Israel.
Shanon J. Carson is a Managing Shareholder of Berger Montague and is Chair of the firm’s Consumer Protection, Defective Products, and Employment departments. Mr. Carson’s achievements over his eighteen-year career at the firm are legendary. He has won numerous honors and awards, and in every year since 2015 has been selected by his peers as one of the top 100 lawyers in Pennsylvania, as reported by Thomson Reuters.
Mr. Carson represents plaintiffs in all manner of complex civil litigation, with a concentration in employment, wage and hour, consumer, product defect, insurance, and complex business litigation. He is routinely appointed by federal courts across the country to serve as lead counsel and on executive committees in class actions and other cases, and has achieved many multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients, for example, in Clements v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, No. 3:12-cv-2179 (N.D. Cal.) ($22 million settlement for consumers), Citibank Force-Placed Insurance Litigation, Nos. 5:12-cv-00820, 1:13-cv-353 (N.D.N.Y.) ($110 million settlement for consumers), Arnett v. Bank of America, No. 3:11-cv-1372 (D. Or.) ($31 million settlement for consumers), In re CertainTeed Fiber Cement Siding Litigation, MDL No. 2270 (E.D. Pa.) ($103 million settlement for consumers), George v. Uponor, Inc., No. 12-CV-249 (D. Minn.) ($21 million settlement for consumers); and Employees Committed for Justice v. Eastman Kodak Company, No. 6:04-cv-06098 (W.D.N.Y.) ($21.4 million race discrimination settlement for employees). Mr. Carson has also obtained dozens of seven and eight figure settlements on behalf of employees in various types of employment litigation and cases alleging unpaid wages. Consequently, in 2010, Berger Montague’s Employment Department – chaired by Mr. Carson – was selected as one of the eight top plaintiffs’ employment law practices in the United States.
Mr. Carson is also active in nonprofit and professional organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and as a Co-Chair of its Class Action/Mass Tort Committee. Mr. Carson is also a member of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Foundation, Litigation Counsel of America, National Trial Lawyers – Top 100, and Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Mr. Carson also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.
Berger Montague is a growing national law firm headquartered in Philadelphia with additional offices in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. The firm litigates complex civil cases and class actions in federal and state courts throughout the United States and employs over 60 attorneys and a large team of support professionals. Berger Montague has played lead roles in major cases for over 48 years, resulting in recoveries of over $30 billion for its clients.