Adv. Eric Cramer

Mr. Cramer is the Chairman of Berger Montague, a complex litigation law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, with additional offices in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. Chambers & Partners has repeatedly selected him as a Band 1/Top Tier antitrust litigator, observing that he is “really a tremendous advocate in the courtroom, with a very good mind and presence.” The Legal 500 ranks Mr. Cramer as one of the top lawyers in the United States (“Tier 1”) in the civil litigation/class actions division. In 2014 and 2018, Philadelphia Magazine selected him as one of the top 100 lawyers in Philadelphia.

 

He is co-chair of the firm’s antitrust department, and currently serves as co-lead counsel in multiple significant antitrust class actions across the country in a variety of industries and is responsible for winning numerous significant settlements for his clients and classes totaling well over $2 billion. Most recently, he has focused on representing workers claiming that anticompetitive practices have suppressed their pay, including cases on behalf of mixed-martial-arts fighters and chicken growers.

 

Mr. Cramer is also a frequent speaker at antitrust and litigation related conferences. He was the only Plaintiffs’ lawyer selected to serve on the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section Transition Report Task Force delivered to the incoming Obama Administration in 2012. He is a Senior Fellow and Vice President of the Board of Directors of AAI; a past President of COSAL (Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws), a leading industry group; a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Consumer Antitrust Studies of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law; and Vice President of the Board of Directors of Public Justice, a public interest law firm and advocacy group.

 

Mr. Cramer has 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 Litig., 777 F.3d 9, 27 (1st Cir. 2015), and Antitrust, Class Certification, and the Politics of Procedure, 17 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 4 (2010), 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). He has also co-written a number of other pieces, including Of Vulnerable Monopolists?: Questionable Innovation in the Standard for Class Certification in Antitrust Cases, 41 Rutgers Law Journal 355 (2009-2010); A Questionable New Standard for Class Certification in Antitrust Cases, published in the ABA’s Antitrust Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Fall 2011); a Chapter of American Antitrust Institute’s Private International Enforcement Handbook (2010), entitled “Who May Pursue a Private Claim?”; and, a chapter of the American Bar Association’s Pharmaceutical Industry Handbook (July 2009), entitled “Assessing Market Power in the Prescription Pharmaceutical Industry.”

 

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.

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