Russell   Berger
Principal

Contact

Phone: 410.209.6449
Fax: 410.209.6435
Mailing: 300 East Lombard Street ,
Suite 2010 , Baltimore , MD   21202
Linkedin: Russell Berger

PRACTICE FOCUS

Russell Berger is an accomplished labor and employment attorney who is well-versed in litigating in both state and federal courts, as well as providing counsel to employers on employee matters. He represents employers, businesses and professional clients in employment disputes throughout the country. Mr. Berger primarily focuses on litigating and counseling clients regarding matters of minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws, wrongful termination, non-compete agreements, and employment and severance agreements.

Mr. Berger’s practice also includes handling claims and providing counsel regarding retaliation, discrimination and harassment (under Title VII and state anti-discrimination laws), as well as under other federal statutes, such as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and American with Disabilities Act (ADA). He also handles other work related issues such as employment contracts and general contract claims, employment-related tort claims, and other business and professional tort claims.

“My goal is to ensure business owners are confident in their decision-making and feel secure with their assets, particularly with respect to the growing threat of minimum wage and overtime issues.”

- Russell Berger

POINTS OF DISTINCTION

  • On September 23, 2016, Russell presented at MACPA's 47th Annual Chesapeake Tax Conference.
  • From 2012-2016, Russell was selected by Super Lawyers as a Maryland Rising Star.
  • President of the Fowble Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of young men through baseball
  • University of Maryland Law Journal of Race Religion, Gender & Class, Manuscripts Editor, 2006-2007

Practice Areas

Education & Admissions

  • J.D. (magna cum laude), University of Maryland, 2007
  • B.A. (with honors), Johns Hopkins University, 2004
  • Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Activities

Member of the Maryland State Bar Association

Posts

"Six Questions to Ask Yourself to Prepare for the Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act"

If you own a business or manage employees, you may already know that the implementation of the Fair Labor Standards…

"Independent Contractors vs. Employees"

One of the first decisions a business needs to make when it seeks to hire help is whether the individual…

"The Growing Prevalence of Overtime Lawsuits"

A couple of weeks ago, I was in a mediation with a federal magistrate judge involving overtime claims.  After the…

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"How to Avoid High Costs of Employment Litigation"

Litigation is extremely expensive. Win or lose, the costs of dealing with a lawsuit, both with respect to money spent…

"Is An Assistant Manager Owed Overtime?"

Employers of all shapes and sizes must decide whether their assistant managers are exempt from the requirements of the Fair…

"Compensable Time: Do I Owe My Employees Overtime?"

When running a business, one of the few seemingly straightforward requirements is, when the employee is supposed to be paid…

"Failure to Pay Overtime Can Lead to Criminal Consequences and Extensive Penalties"

It is hard to imagine that, as a company owner, you could be criminally prosecuted for failing to pay proper…

"Salaried Employees and Overtime"

Many employers think that they have eliminated their obligation to pay overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) simply…

"It’s Not That Simple: Many Employers Calculate Overtime Incorrectly"

As an employer, you probably know that you need to pay your non-exempt employees at least minimum wage.  Being a…

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