While working with small and mid-size businesses, Russell Berger aims to become a strategic partner that owners come to when discussing opportunities and challenges.
The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law graduate joined Offit Kurman 11 years ago as an associate attorney. Berger was named principal in 2015. He served as chair of the firm’s labor and employment group for nearly two years before being named department chair in 2019. Before joined the Baltimore firm, he was an associate attorney at Eccleston & Wolf P.C. for five years.
Berger is on the board of directors for The Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County and PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, an affiliate of the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
What’s the most important thing you do in your job?
The most important thing I do in my job is to get to know my clients and their business so that I can help them sustain and grow their businesses. Learning about my clients really helps me to be in the best position to provide legal solutions that best serve the clients’ business goals.
What is one aspect of your profession you would like to change?
If I could change anything about the legal profession, I would make dispute resolution more efficient so that business owners and their counselors could devote more time to growing the business.
If you weren’t in this industry, what would you be doing?
If I weren’t a lawyer I would still have to find some outlet for solving complex problems in challenging situations. So, since I didn’t throw hard enough to pitch for the (Baltimore) Orioles, I would probably be involved in managing a growing company or a baseball team.