Bar and Court Admissions:
Member - Pennsylvania Bar
Admitted - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Admitted - Second Circuit Court of Appeals
Admitted - Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Admitted - Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Admitted - Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1980
Dickinson College, B.A. Philosophy, magna cum
Honors and Awards:
- Phi Beta Kappa, Dickinson College (1977)
- Villanova Law Review (1979)
- Trial Lawyer of the Year Award (Public Justice Foundation,
- Steve J. Sharp Public Service Award (American Association for
- Pennsylvania SuperLawyer 2006, 2012-2016
- AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Honorable Gwilym A. Price, Jr., Superior Court of Pennsylvania (1980-1981)
From Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Indiana:
"[T]his case involved Anthem's demutualization, a complex and heavily regulated process where members liquidated their ownership interests in exchange for stock or cash . . . . First, the Court finds that the risk undertaken by Class Counsel was significant, especially considering the lack of similar cases, complex legal theories, and vigorous defense . . . . Second, as this Court has previously stated, 'the quality of work by counsel has been impressive, and the sheer quantity of the motions practice has been astonishing' . . . . The Court finds Class Counsel's performance in this case was outstanding as is reflected by the result achieved."
Regarding the work of Peter R. Kahana, among others, in achieving a $90 million settlement of Ormond v. Anthem, Inc., et al., dated November 20, 2012 (USDC, S.D. Ind., 1:05-cv-01908).
From Judge Janet C. Hall, of the U.S. District Court of the District of Connecticut:
Noting the “very significant risk in pursuing this action” given its uniqueness in that “there was no prior investigation to rely on in establishing the facts or a legal basis for the case . . . . [and] no other prior or even now similar case involving parties like these plaintiffs and a party like these defendants.” Further, “the quality of the representation provided to the plaintiffs . . . in this case has been consistently excellent . . . . [T]he defendant[s] . . . mounted throughout the course of the five years the case pended, an extremely vigorous defense . . . . [B]ut for counsel’s outstanding work in this case and substantial effort over five years, no member of the class would have recovered a penny . . . . [I]t was an extremely complex and substantial class . . . case . . . [with an] outstanding result.”
Regarding the work of Berger & Montague attorney Peter R. Kahana, among other co-class counsel, in Spencer, et al. v. The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., et al., in the Order approving the $72.5 million final settlement of this action, dated September 21, 2010 (USDC, D. Conn., Case Number 3:05-cv-1681).
From Judge H. Russel Holland, of the U.S. District Court of the District of Alaska:
"The skill and efficiency of the attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants in this matter were outstanding . . . . Exxon put up an unflagging, spare-no-expense defense that might have been overwhelming but for the skill and resources of Class Counsel."
Regarding the work of Berger & Montague shareholders H. Laddie Montague, Jr. and Peter R. Kahana, among other co-class counsel, in In Re the Exxon Valdez, Order No. 365, Class Counsel's Renewed Motion for Award of Attorney Fees and Costs, Case No. A89-0095-CV, at 58-59 (D. AK. January 29, 2004).
From Judge Charles P. Kocoras, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois:
"The stakes were high here, with the result that most matters of consequence were contested. There were numerous trips to the courthouse, and the path to the trial court and the Court of Appeals frequently traveled. The efforts of counsel for the class has [sic] produced a substantial recovery, and it is represented that the cash settlement alone is the second largest in the history of class action litigation . . . . There is no question that the results achieved by class counsel were extraordinary[.]"
Regarding the work of Berger & Montague shareholders H. Laddie Montague, Jr. and Peter R. Kahana, among others, in achieving a more than $700 million settlement with some of the defendants in In Re Brand Name Prescription Drugs Antitrust Litigation, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1734, *3-6 (N.D. Ill. February 9, 2000).
From Judge William C. Carpenter, Jr., of the Superior Court of Delaware (New Castle):
“[L]et me make several unsolicited comments about the case. First, I do not believe in my ten years on the bench I have had finer attorneys practice before me. Both Mr. Wallace [for defendant Texaco] and Mr. Kahana [for plaintiff Christiana] were not only gentlemen but excellent advocates for their clients, and I do not believe the case could have been better presented to the jury. While not regular practitioners in this Court, they both exhibited the highest degree of advocacy and civility expected of our profession and will always be welcome in my Court.”
Praising the litigation work of Peter R. Kahana in Christiana Marine Service Corporation v. Texaco Fuel and Marine Marketing Inc., and Texaco, Inc., 2004 Del. Super. 3, *28-29.