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