Russell   Berger
Principal and Practice Group Director

Contact

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

PRACTICE FOCUS

As an accomplished labor and employment attorney and Practice Group Director, Mr. Berger provides business counsel to employers on employee matters and is well-versed in litigating in both state and federal courts. Russell Berger is the trusted legal counsel every business owner needs to feel confident in their decision-making and secure with their assets. As a Practice Group Director at Offit Kurman, Mr. Berger has direct experience with managing other managers, which he draws from in advising his clients. He is a pragmatic problem-solver that works efficiently and tirelessly to present his clients the best possible solutions to their most complicated issues. He represents employers, businesses, and professionals in employment disputes across the nation. As a trusted partner for his clients, Mr. Berger:

  • Provides general business advice and specific, conflict-oriented advice to business clients on all aspects of employment law, including matters pertaining to wage and hour laws, disability laws, hirings, terminations, compensation, problem employees, and harassment.
  • Litigates class and collective action wage and hour lawsuits, as well as lawsuits and administrative proceedings alleging discrimination, harassment, improper terminations, failure to pay proper compensation and related employment matters. Learn more about Offit Kurman’s Overtime and Fair Labor Standards Act Practice.
  • Prepares and reviews employment documents and litigates issues pertaining to Employment Agreements, Severance Agreements, Non-Compete Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements, and IP Agreements
  • Participates in counseling and negotiating employment aspects of corporate transactions
  • Conducts investigations, drafts reports and advises clients regarding allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Drafts employee handbooks and employment policies
  • Drafts various contracts and other agreements
  • Litigates all aspects of general civil and commercial disputes

“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

  • In January 2019, Russell was promoted to the position of Practice Group Director, where he supervises the chairs of other practice groups
  • In January 2018, Russell was featured on the cover of the Daily Record for his interview in the article, "Employment attorneys prepare clients for paid sick leave law". He was also featured in the Baltimore Business Journal's article, "Md. business owners under pressure to comply with new sick leave law"
  • In 2017, Russell was promoted to the Chair of Offit Kurman's Labor and Employment Practice
  • From 2012-2019, Russell was selected by Super Lawyers as a Maryland Rising Star. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • In 2016, Russell presented at MACPA's 47th Annual Chesapeake Tax Conference
  • In 2006 and 2007, Russell was the Manuscripts Editor for the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race Religion, Gender & Class

Practice Areas

Additional Practice Areas

  • Overtime

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

Activities

  • Member of the Board of Directors for PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs
  • Member of the Maryland State Bar Association
  • Non-profit board member of the Family Crisis Center
  • Member of the Fowble Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of young men through baseball
  • Member of Offit Kurman's Diversity Committee

Posts

"What Employers Need to Know About the New FLSA Overtime Rule and Salary Thresholds in 2020"

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the federal law that requires certain classifications of employees to be paid an…

"Employers, Are You Ready for the 2019 Component 2 EEO-1 Deadline?"

Many employers have long been required to file certain workforce demographics data with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by…

"Breaking: Maryland General Assembly Overrides Hogan Veto of $15 Minimum Wage"

Maryland’s minimum wage is going up. On March 28, Maryland’s General Assembly overrode the veto of Governor Larry Hogan, making…

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