We are proud to announce that Berger & Montague was honored
as the top plaintiffs' law firm in the Employment category by
The National Law Journal at the "2015 Elite Trial
Lawyer" awards ceremony last night in New York City.
The firm's submission highlighted the work by Shanon Carson and
Sarah R. Schalman-Bergen as co-lead Counsel in Jantz v. Social
Security Administration as well as the group's impressive track
record in wage & hour cases.
The nomination criteria required that a firm score at least one
significant plaintiffs win between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015,
and possess an impressive track record of wins within the past
three to five years. A "significant win" is considered successful
bench or jury trial verdict or a major settlement in which the
stakes are high.
The Jantz v. Social Security Administration case involved claims
that the Social Security Administration ("SSA") discriminated
against employees with targeted disabilities ("TDEs"). Class
Members alleged that SSA discriminated against TDEs by denying them
promotions at the same rate as non-disabled employees.
The case was litigated for more than ten years, and the Class
Representatives withstood challenges to class certification on four
separate occasions. The class was certified by the EEOC, and
affirmed by the EEOC's Office of Federal Operations ("OFO")
The Settlement Agreement includes an unprecedented package of
extensive changes to SSA's policies valued at $20 million that
includes a new centralized reasonable accommodations office,
accessible technology acquisition processes, training, provision of
assistive supports for SSA employees, and an SSA Disability
Agreement Implementation Board that will monitor the implementation
of the programmatic relief. SSA has also established a
separate, non-reversionary fund of $9.98 million for the payment of
claims to Class Members.