Philadelphia, PA, January 11, 2015 -- Berger &
Montague, P.C., a nationally renowned plaintiffs' class action law
firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, is proud to announce today
Michelle Drake has joined the Firm as a new Shareholder. Ms.
Drake, one of the top consumer and employment class action
attorneys in the United States, will open a new office for Berger
& Montague, P.C. in Minneapolis, Minnesota where Ms. Drake
resides. The Minneapolis office will represent the Firm's clients
nationwide in a variety of consumer and employment matters.
Prior to joining Berger & Montague, P.C., Ms. Drake
chaired the consumer practice group at Minneapolis-based Nichols
Kaster, PLLP. Ms. Drake is a member of the Board of the National
Association of Consumer Advocates, on the Partner's Council of the
National Consumer Law Center, a member of the Steering Committee
for the Plaintiffs' Class Action Forum, and serves as the Treasurer
for the Consumer Litigation Section of the Minnesota Bar. During
her career, Ms. Drake has prosecuted and obtained significant
settlements in numerous class action cases. Her practice includes
Fair Credit Reporting Act cases, as well as consumer protection
cases involving student loans, payday loans, and consumer
"I am very proud to join Berger & Montague, P.C.,"
said Ms. Drake. "I know first-hand that the Firm is
well-established, innovative, and staffed with many of the best
attorneys in the country. I am excited to open a new office in
Minneapolis and to continue to work with skilled and experienced
lawyers who share my belief that corporations must be held
accountable when they break the law."
"Our decision to open the Minneapolis office reflects the
confidence we have in Michelle to add another dimension to our
already strong consumer practice," said H. Laddie Montague, Jr.,
the President of Berger & Montague, P.C. "Based on Michelle's
successful track record and that of the associates she is bringing
to our office, we know the Minneapolis office will help the Firm in
its mission to obtain justice for those who have been injured by
illegal business practices and other unlawful conduct."
Joining Ms. Drake in the new Minneapolis office at the outset
will be two experienced associate attorneys, Joe Hashmall and
Albanese, both of whom previously worked at Nichols Kaster, as
well as paralegals and staff. Mr. Hashmall is a graduate of
Grinnell College and the Cornell University School of Law and
clerked for President Judge Bonnie B. Leadbetter of the
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and for the Honorable David J. Ten
Eyck of the Minnesota District Court. Mr. Albanese, a graduate of
Georgetown University and Columbia Law School, was a managing
editor on the Columbia Law Review, and clerked on the United States
District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Berger & Montague, P.C., based in Philadelphia, PA,
employs over 60 attorneys who represent plaintiffs in complex and
class action litigation. The Firm has played lead roles in major
cases for over 45 years resulting in recoveries of over $30 billion
for its clients and the classes they represent. The Firm's
attorneys have extensive experience in representing injured parties
in class action litigation. Further information about the Firm can
be found at www.bergermontague.com.
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Telephone: (215) 875-3022