PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Sept. 22, 2016 - Following its successful
opening of a new office in Minneapolis, Minnesota earlier this
year, the national class action law firm of Berger & Montague
today announces the hiring of five extraordinary new attorneys in
its Philadelphia office. The new hires include Christina Black,
Jonathan DeSantis, James Goodley, Mark Suter, and Michaela Wallin.
Berger & Montague strives to hire talented, passionate, and
intelligent lawyers and prides itself on its team approach to
serving clients and litigating complex cases. All five new
attorneys embody these qualities, come from diverse backgrounds,
and have a demonstrated record of achievement.
Christina Black is a 2014 graduate of Stanford Law School and a
2010 graduate of the University of Chicago. Following her law
school graduation, Christina completed a legal fellowship at the
National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she supported nationwide
impact litigation related to LGBT rights. She also served as a law
clerk for the Honorable Anne E. Thompson of the United States
District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Jonathan DeSantis is a 2013 magna cum laude
graduate of Stetson University College of Law and a 2010 graduate
of Temple University. During law school, Jonathan interned with the
Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, a non-profit providing
support to attorneys representing capital defendants. Following law
school, Jonathan served as a law clerk for the Honorable Susan C.
Bucklew of the United States District Court for the Middle District
of Florida. Jonathan then worked as a litigation associate at a
large commercial defense firm.
James Goodley is a 2011 graduate of Catholic University of
America, Columbus School of Law, obtained an LL.M. in trial
advocacy from Temple University, Beasley School of Law, and is a
2005 graduate of Lehigh University. Following law school, James
worked at the United States Department of Labor, Employee Benefits
Security Administration, focusing on ERISA issues, and then worked
as a litigator at a well-known ERISA law firm.
Mark Suter is a 2016 magna cum laude graduate from
Rutgers Law School and a 2010 graduate of McGill University. While
in law school, Mark served as senior editor of the Rutgers
University Law Review, worked as a summer associate at
Berger & Montague, and was a judicial intern for the Honorable
C. Darnell Jones, II of the United States District Court for the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Michaela Wallin is a 2013 graduate of Columbia Law School, where
she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a 2008 magna cum
laude graduate of Bowdoin College, where she was a Phi Beta
Kappa and a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar. Following her law
school graduation, Michaela served as a law clerk for the Honorable
James L. Cott of the United States District Court for the Southern
District of New York. She also spent the previous two years as an
Equal Justice Works Fellow at the ACLU Women's Rights Project,
where she worked to challenge local laws that target domestic
violence survivors for eviction and impede tenants' ability to call
Today's announcement marks another milestone in the continued
growth of Berger & Montague, one of the nation's oldest and
most respected plaintiffs' complex litigation firms. The firm is
proud to add Christina, Jonathan, James, Mark, and Michaela to the
incredible roster of nationally known attorneys the firm already
About Berger & Montague, P.C.
Berger & Montague is a full-spectrum civil
litigation firm primarily serving plaintiffs. Its lawyers are
recognized nationally for their ability, agility, and decades
of successful experience in handling major complex litigation
in Antitrust; Commercial Litigation; Commodities &
Options; Consumer Protection; Corporate
Governance & Shareholder Rights; ERISA & Employee
Benefits; Employment Law; Environmental & Mass
& Financial Products & Services; Lending Practices
& Borrowers' Rights; Representing
Opt-Outs In Class Actions; Securities Fraud; and Whistleblowers,
Qui Tam & False Claims Act matters.