Sarah R. Schalman-Bergen is a senior associate in the Antitrust,
Employment Law, Consumer Protection, Insurance Products &
Financial Services, and Lending Practices & Borrowers' Rights
practice groups at Berger & Montague. Her practice focuses
on antitrust class action litigation, and class and collective
action employment litigation. Ms. Schalman-Bergen has extensive
litigation experience in both state and federal courts, including
significant appellate experience.
In the Employment Law practice group, Ms. Schalman-Bergen's
practice focuses on wage and hour class and collective actions as
well as class action discrimination lawsuits under state and
federal law. Specifically, Ms. Schalman-Bergen has worked on all
aspects of wage and hour overtime lawsuits throughout the country,
representing employees whose employers do not pay them properly in
different industries, including at meat and poultry plants, at fast
food restaurants, in white collar jobs and in the government.
For example, currently, Ms. Schalman-Bergen is representing
employees who work for oil and gas companies in various wage and
hour class actions across the country.
In the Antitrust practice group, Ms. Schalman-Bergen has had an
active role in prosecuting complex cases, including multidistrict
litigation. Specifically, Ms. Schalman-Bergen has worked on cases
involving anticompetitive practices in the pharmaceutical industry
as well as in the online DVD rental market. For example,
currently, Ms. Schalman-Bergen is involved in representing the
employees of several high tech companies who allege that the
companies entered into "do not poach" agreements that illegally
suppressed employees' wages.
Ms. Schalman-Bergen is also actively involved in multiple
nationwide consumer class actions with a focus on consumer
financial practices. For example, she represents homeowners whose
mortgage loan servicers have force-placed extraordinarily
high-priced insurance on them and allegedly received a
kickback from the insurer in exchange.
Ms. Schalman-Bergen also maintains an active pro
bono practice. She serves as volunteer of
counsel to the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. Through her
role there, Ms. Schalman-Bergen litigates HIV discrimination cases,
as well as other cases impacting the rights of people living with
Prior to joining Berger & Montague, Ms. Schalman-Bergen
practiced in the litigation department at a large Philadelphia firm
where she represented clients in a variety of industries in complex
commercial litigation. During law school, Ms. Schalman-Bergen
served as an executive editor for the Harvard Civil
Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.
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