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Chairman Emeritus H. Laddie Montague, Jr. and Managing Shareholder Eric L. Cramer Inducted to the Inaugural Legal 500 US Hall of Fame

Posted: March 24, 2017

Chairman Emeritus H. Laddie Montague, Jr. and Managing Shareholder Eric L. Cramer have been inducted to the inaugural Legal 500 US Hall of Fame.

The Legal 500 US Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. The criteria for entry is to have been recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for six consecutive years. Only 455 partners across the entire United States have made it into the inaugural list.

For 28 years, The Legal 500 has been analyzing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research program revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 50 assesses the strengths of law firms over 100 jurisdictions. Their research is based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers, and a team of researchers who have unrivalled experience in the legal market.

H. Laddie Montague, Jr.

H. Laddie Montague, Jr. is a member of Berger & Montague's Executive Committee, having joined the firm's predecessor David Berger, P.A., at its inception in 1970.  Mr. Montague was Chairman of the Firm from 2003 to 2016. As of January 1, 2017, Mr. Montague became Chairman Emeritus, in addition to continuing his work as Co-Chairman of the firm's Antitrust Department.

In addition to being one of the courtroom trial counsel for plaintiffs in the mandatory punitive damage class action in the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Litigation, Mr. Montague has served as lead or co-lead counsel in many class actions, including, among other, High Fructose Corn Syrup Antitrust Litigation (2006), In re Infant Formula Antitrust Litigation (1993) and Bogosian v. Gulf Oil Corp. (1984), a nationwide class action against thirteen major oil companies.  Mr. Montague was co-lead counsel for the State of Connecticut in its litigation against the tobacco industry. He is currently co-lead counsel in several pending class actions. In addition to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Litigation, he has tried several complex, protracted cases to jury, including three class actions:  In re Master Key Antitrust Litigation (1977), In re Corrugated Container Antitrust Litigation (1980) and In re Brand Name Prescription Drugs Antitrust Litigation, M.D.L. (1997-1998).  For his work as trial counsel in the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Litigation, Mr. Montague shared the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice 1995 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.

Mr. Montague has been repeatedly singled out by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the top antitrust attorneys in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  He is lauded for his stewardship of the firm's antitrust department, referred to as "the dean of the Bar," stating that his peers in the legal profession hold him in the "highest regard," and explicitly praised for, among other things, his "fair minded[ness]."  He also is or has been listed in Lawdragon, An International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers, and The Legal 500: United States (Litigation). He has repeatedly been selected by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the top 100 lawyers in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Montague has been invited and made presentation at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris, 2006); the European Commission and International Bar Association Seminar (Brussels, 2007); the Canadian Bar Association, Competition Section (Ottawa, 2008); and the 2010 Competition Law & Policy Forum (Ontario).

Mr. Montague is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1960) and the Dickinson School of Law (L.L.B. 1963), where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Dickinson Law Review. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dickinson School of Law of Penn State University and current Chairman of the Dickinson Law Association.

Eric L. Cramer

Mr. Cramer is a managing shareholder of Berger & Montague, P.C. and Co-Chair of the firm's antitrust department. He has repeatedly been selected by Chambers & Partners as a top tier antitrust lawyer; highlighted by The Legal 500 as one of the country's top lawyers in the field of complex antitrust litigation; and been deemed one of the "Best Lawyers in America." In 2014, he was selected by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the top 100 lawyers in Philadelphia and, also in 2014, received an "Honorable Mention" for Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law from the American Antitrust Institute for his work in the Marchbanks v. Comdata matter, in which as co-lead counsel, he achieved a $130 million settlement on behalf of a class of independent truck stops.

He is currently co-lead counsel in multiple antitrust class actions, and is responsible for winning numerous significant settlements totaling well over $2 billion. He is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the American Antitrust Institute; was a past President of COSAL (Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws), a leading industry group; serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Consumer Antitrust Studies of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law; and is member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Public Justice, a leading trial lawyer organization and public interest law firm.

Additionally, Mr. Cramer has lectured and written written widely relating to class certification and antitrust law, including co-authoring The Puzzle of Class Actions with Uninjured Members, 82 G.W. L. Rev. 858, 859 (May 2014), which the First Circuit cited in In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation, 777 F.3d 9, 27 (1st Cir. 2015), and Antitrust, Class Certification, and the Politics of Procedure, 17 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 4 (2010) (http://ssrn.com/abstract=1578459), which was also cited in Nexium as well as in the Third Circuit's decision in Behrend v. Comcast Corp., 655 F.3d 182, 200, n.10 (3d Cir. 2011), rev'd, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013).

Mr. Cramer is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University (1989), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School with a J.D. in 1993.