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About Berger Montague
Berger Montague is a full-spectrum class action and complex civil litigation
firm, with nationally known attorneys highly sought after for their legal
skills. The firm has been recognized by courts throughout the country for its
ability and experience in handling major complex litigation, particularly in
the fields of antitrust, securities, mass torts, civil and human rights,
whistleblower cases, employment, and consumer litigation. In numerous precedent-setting cases, the firm
has played a principal or lead role.
National Law Journal, which
recognizes a select group of law firms each year that have done “exemplary,
cutting-edge work on the plaintiffs side,” has selected Berger Montague
in 12 out of the last 14 years (2003-05, 2007-13, 2015-16) for its “Hot List”
of top plaintiffs’ oriented litigation firms in the United States. The firm has
also achieved the highest possible rating by its peers and opponents as
reported in Martindale-Hubbell, and
was ranked as a 2018 “Best Law Firm” by U.S.
News - Best Lawyers.
the firm consists of 63 lawyers; 18 paralegals; and an experienced support
staff. Few firms in the United States
have our breadth of practice and match our successful track record in such a
broad array of complex litigation.
History of the Firm
Berger Montague was founded in 1970 by the late David Berger to concentrate on
the representation of plaintiffs in a series of antitrust class actions. David Berger helped pioneer the use of class
actions in antitrust litigation and was instrumental in extending the use of
the class action procedure to other litigation areas, including securities,
employment discrimination, civil and human rights, and mass torts. The firm’s complement of nationally
recognized lawyers has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in these and
other areas, and has recovered billions of dollars for its clients. In complex litigation, particularly in areas
of class action litigation, Berger Montague has established new law and
forged the path for recovery.
The firm has been involved in a series of notable
cases, some of them among the most important in the last 40 years of civil
litigation. For example, the firm was
one of the principal counsel for plaintiffs in the Drexel Burnham Lambert/Michael Milken securities and bankruptcy
litigation. Claimants in these cases
recovered approximately $2 billion in the aftermath of the collapse of the junk
bond market and the bankruptcy of Drexel in
the late 1980’s. The firm was also among
the principal trial counsel in the Exxon
Valdez Oil Spill litigation in Anchorage, Alaska, a trial resulting in a
record jury award of $5 billion against Exxon, later reduced by the U.S.
Supreme Court to $507.5 million. Berger Montague was lead counsel in the School
Asbestos Litigation, in which a national class of secondary and elementary
schools recovered in excess of $200 million to defray the costs of asbestos
abatement. The case was the first mass
tort property damage class action certified on a national basis. Berger Montague was also lead/liaison
counsel in the Three Mile Island
Litigation arising out of a serious nuclear incident.
in the human rights area, the firm, through its membership on the executive
committee in the Holocaust Victim Assets
Litigation, helped to achieve a $1.25 billion settlement with the largest
Swiss banks on behalf of victims of Nazi aggression whose deposits were not
returned after the Second World War. The
firm also played an instrumental role in bringing about a $4.37 billion
settlement with German industry and government for the use of slave and forced
labor during the Holocaust.