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


  • Member of the Maryland State Bar Association
  • Non-profit board member of the Family Crisis Center
  • Member of Offit Kurman's Diversity Committee
  • Non-profit board member of PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, an affiliate of the Kennedy Krieger Institute

One Minute of Overtime

Welcome to One Minute of Overtime, where I will share insights on Labor and Employment Law topics, mostly related to minimum wage and overtime compliance issues. These areas are critical for all employers and failure to comply exposes employers to liquidated damages and attorney's fees. It is important to know that wage and hour claims can easily be pursued on behalf of a class of current and former employees.

Compliance in this area of law is nuanced and technical, so it is critical for employers to audit and adjust their practices to remain compliant, so stop by to stay up-to-date and in-the-know.

Connect with Russell Berger on LinkedIn to see the latest One Minute of Overtime posts.

OK at Work



The impact of COVID-19 on the workplace is unprecedented. As an employer, you are likely facing challenges you have never faced before, receiving questions from employees you have never been asked before, and looking for creative work solutions you have never tried before. This is uncharted territory for many.


"Executive Playbook: Alternative Solutions for Recruiting and Retention"

Recruiting and retention continues to be a challenge for employers.  While employers could always pay employees more, that is not…

"Executive Playbook: Business Owners & the Changing Economy"

In this episode, Russell Berger and Mike Cammarata discuss the impact of changing economic conditions on business owners. While the…

"Executive Playbook: Planning for Your Exit"

In this episode, Russell Berger and Mike Cammarata discuss strategies for preparing and planning for an exit from your company.

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Co-Written Articles

CARES Act: Six Questions About the Employee Retention Credit

What is the Employee Retention Credit? This is a benefit provided for by the CARES Act that permits eligible employers…

What Employers with 500 Employees or Less Need to Know about the CARES Act

On Friday, March 27th, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) officially became the largest financial…

Keeping the Doors Open During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What Essential Business Employers Need to Know

Now that Maryland has acted to close external operations of non-essential businesses, those essential businesses that will be able to…

Radio Interviews

Russell Berger & Kelci Longaker --- COVID-19 Update

Tuesday,  March 31, 2020