Marni S. Berger

Special Counsel

Marni’s practice focuses on consulting and securing recovery for innocent victims of abuse as well as those that have been wrongfully denied insurance coverage. She is passionate about helping the most vulnerable members of the population in matters involving sexual assault, domestic and child abuse, Title IX violations and civil rights violations.

She is a trial lawyer with broad and diverse general commercial litigation experience in both federal and state court actions throughout the country. She is accustomed to litigating matters against institutions of all shapes and sizes who have deprived her clients of their fundamental rights. Whether her clients need representation against a university, medical facility, insurance company, or another individual, she is a zealous advocate throughout all phases of litigation.

Marni routinely briefs and argues matters leading to favorable results. She has negotiated high value settlements and successfully arbitrated and mediated matters involving multiple defendants and insurers. Before joining the firm, Marni was a partner at a leading regional full-service law firm where she serviced clients in complex civil matters. She applies this knowledge base to her daily practice.

In recent years, Marni secured summary judgment on behalf of a transportation company who was seeking insured status under a commercial auto policy. As a result, the client was reimbursed a substantial sum of attorneys’ fees and costs related to the defense of an underlying fatal trucking accident. She also successfully litigated suits against insurance brokers for negligently failing to procure the appropriate insurance coverage. Likewise, she has won numerous dispositive motions in disputes involving allegations of bad faith and violations of claims handling regulations under commercial and personal line policies. When she is not actively litigating cases, Marni is issuing coverage opinions to clients so that they understand their rights and can proceed accordingly.

The consulting and litigation matters Marni regularly handles involve claims made pursuant to CGL policies (bodily injury and construction defect claims) as well as claims for property insurance, auto insurance, and claims for sexual abuse and molestation and intentional torts. She also engages in contract drafting and interpretation. Marni has experience practicing in the federal and district courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as the state trial courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has also served as national counsel for clients outside of these jurisdictions.

From 2014 to 2020, she was included on the list of “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Stars.” This list is comprised of the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the Commonwealth who are 40 or younger or have been practicing for less than 10 years.

She earned her J.D. from Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law in 2010 where she interned for the Honorable Richard B. Klein (Ret.) of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Political Communication from The George Washington University in 2006. Marni frequently lectures on emerging coverage issues such as discovery and bad faith litigation. She is also conversational in Spanish.

Marni is a member of the National Trial Lawyers. She has been recognized for two consecutive years by the organization as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania. She is also an active member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and Montgomery County Bar Association, and American Association for Justice. The Montgomery County Bar Association recently selected Marni for the Montgomery County Bar Association Leadership Academy.

Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2010
  • Pennsylvania, 2010

Education

  • Drexel University School of Law, J.D., 2010, National Trial Team Member; Teaching Assistant to The Honorable Mitchell Goldberg (USDC for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania); National Jewish Law Student Association (Executive Board) Event Coordinator
  • George Washington University, B.A. in Political Communication, cum laude, 2006

Professional Organizations

  • Vice President, Drexel Law Alumni Council
  • The Philadelphia/South Jersey Region of the American Jewish Committee (AJC)

Honors & Awards

  • Named by Peers to the 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars List
  • 2014-2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Stars
  • Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania – National Trial Lawyers

Prior Work Experience

Before joining the firm, Marni was a partner at a leading regional full-service law firm.

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