Category Archives: Attorneys

Matthew Patton

Matthew Patton is a committed advocate for economic and social justice. He works on cases advancing wage and hour, misclassification, and discrimination claims.

Prior to joining Lichten & Liss-Riordan, Matt developed and litigated healthcare fraud recovery actions under the federal False Claims Act and RICO Act.

While in law school, Matt assisted the City of Boston in enforcing landlord compliance with low-income rental restrictions to ensure tenants were not being taken advantage of. Prior to practicing law Matt worked on issue and political campaigns, including running a non-profit that organized communities to advocate for policies to reduce income inequality—including an increase to the minimum wage, paid sick leave, and universal pre-kindergarten. Throughout his adult life Matt has volunteered with the Special Olympics International, including assisting in the launch of their campaign to end discrimination against individuals with intellectual disabilities–Spread the Word to End the Word.

EDUCATION

New England Law Boston, J.D., 2018
The Catholic University of America, B.A., 2005

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Member, State Bar of Massachusetts, 2018

Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts

Krysten Connon

Krysten Connon is an experienced and dedicated attorney. She represents workers in disputes against their employers and primarily concentrates her practice on wage and hour class and collective actions arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws. Krysten has represented workers from a variety of backgrounds and in various industries, including cable and satellite installers, delivery drivers, and nurses.

Krysten graduated summa cum laude from the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, and she is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland. Following law school, Krysten served as a federal judicial law clerk before joining the commercial litigation department of a national law firm, where she represented clients in complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters. Krysten also worked as a Staff Attorney at Women Against Abuse, where she litigated cases originating as domestic violence matters. Prior to joining Lichten & Liss-Riordan, Krysten worked as an attorney in the employment rights group of a plaintiff-side class action law firm.

Additionally, Krysten co-authored the 2015 Oxford University Press book, Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism, which presents the results of extensive interviews with abortion providers around the intersections of law, policy, and anti-abortion violence. She regularly volunteers her time and expertise on issues related to reproductive health, rights, and justice.

Krysten was named a Pennsylvania Rising Star in 2020 and 2021 by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers. .

EDUCATION

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, 2012
University of Maryland – College Park, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2009

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Member, State Bar of New Jersey, 2013
Member, State Bar of Pennsylvania, 2013

Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Sarah Schalman-Bergen

Biography

Sarah R. Schalman-Bergen is a partner at Lichten & Liss-Riordan P.C., who has dedicated her career to creating systemic change for workers and individuals who are not being treated fairly. She has secured numerous significant settlements for the workers she represents, totaling well over $100 million.

While representing workers in all types of industries, Sarah has successfully challenged unlawful business practices involving last-mile logistics companies, cable installation companies, home health aide companies, meat and poultry plants, landscaping companies, in white collar jobs, and in the government. This litigation has resulted both in payment of back wages and in practice changes by the companies.

Sarah also represents clients in antitrust cases involving labor markets. For example, she has prosecuted challenges to “no poach” agreements that allegedly suppressed employees’ wages, and she has defended clients against antitrust claims brought to impede their rights to organize for better working conditions. Sarah also represented the City of Philadelphia against a major bank for allegedly discriminatory practices, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Sarah works in partnership and routinely co-counsels with public interest law firms to lend expertise to their mission in litigation. She has served as volunteer of counsel to the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania for more than a decade, litigating discrimination and HIV-confidentiality cases. Sarah was honored for this work as an “Unsung Hero” by the Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania’s daily law journal.

Sarah conducts her practice according to the highest ethical standards, and has received high judicial praise, including being described as “ethical, talented, and motivated to help hard working men and women” and “some of the finest legal representation in the nation.”

Sarah routinely speaks at conferences on issues relating to workers’ rights. She currently serves on Cornell’s ILR-Hotel School CIHLER Advisory Board, and is a Board Member of the Keystone Research Center. Sarah was named a 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, after being named as a Rising Star in every year over the prior decade. In 2021, she was named in Best Lawyers in America. In 2015, she was honored as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer.

Prior to joining the Firm, Sarah was a partner at a plaintiff-side class action law firm, where she served as co-chair of the firm’s employment rights practice group. She has also practiced in the litigation department at a large Philadelphia firm, where she represented clients in a variety of industries in complex commercial litigation. Sarah received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and her B.A. summa cum laude from Tufts University.

PROMINENT JUDGMENTS AND SETTLEMENTS

Hickman v. TL Transportation, LLC, Amazon.com, et al., No. 2:17-cv-01038-GAM; 317 F. Supp. 3d 890; 318 F. Supp. 3d 718 (E.D. Pa. 2020) ($1.8m settlement on behalf of Delivery Associates in wage claim against third party company of Amazon; favorable opinions on liability, personal jurisdiction, individual liability, and conditional certification)

Merino v. Wells Fargo & Co., 2:16-cv-07840-ES-MAH (D.N.J. 2020) (co-lead counsel in $35 million wage and hour settlement on behalf of personal bankers)

Holbert v. Waste Management, Inc., No. 2:18-cv-02649-CMR (E.D. Pa. 2019) (lead counsel in $14.7 million FLSA nationwide settlement on behalf of 31,000 waste collectors)

Nicks v. Koch Meat Co., Inc., No. 16-cv-6446; 2016 WL 6277489; 260 F. Supp. 3d 942; 265 F. Supp. 3d 841 (N.D. Ill. 2019) ($1,832,000 settlement on behalf of chicken catchers in wage claim against national integrated poultry processor; favorable opinions on jurisdiction, corporate entity structure, certification)

City of Philadelphia v. Wells Fargo & Co., 2:17-cv-02203-AB, 2018 WL 424451 (E.D. Pa. 2019) (represented City of Philadelphia in Fair Housing Act litigation resolved for $10 million and injunctive relief for sustainable housing-related programs to promote and preserve homeownership for low- and moderate-income residents.)

Smith v. Allegheny Technologies, Inc., 754 Fed. Appx. 136 (3d Cir. 2018) (allegations by temporary workers hired to cross picket line and work in steel plant during lockout of union workers were sufficient to state claim for travel time compensation under Pennsylvania law)

Beckett v. Aetna, Inc., 2:17-cv-03864 (E.D. Pa. 2018) (Co-lead counsel with AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and Legal Action Center in $17 million settlement for the largest HIV confidentiality breach in U.S. on behalf of 12,000 class members)

The Broadway League v. Bernard Telsey Casting, Inc., Internat’l Brotherhood of Teamsters Theatrical Drivers and Helpers Local 817, et al., No. 1:17-cv-9515 (S.D.N.Y. 2018) (defended casting directors and union in antitrust action challenging lawfulness of organizing activity)

Smith v. Milton Hershey School, No. 11-7391, 2012 WL 1966125 (E.D. Pa. 2012) ($730,000 and injunctive relief settlement on behalf of 13 year old student alleged to have been refused enrollment in school because of his HIV status)

Canal Side Care Manor, LLC v. Pa. H.R.C., 30 A.3d 568 (Commw. Ct. 2011) (affirming $55,000 trial award on behalf of HIV positive woman denied housing at personal care home)

TIAA-CREF v. Bernardo, 683 F. Supp. 2d 344 (E.D. Pa. 2010) (summary judgment in declaratory judgment action to award retirement benefits to domestic partner of deceased doctor)

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2007
Tufts University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2001

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Member, Bar of Pennsylvania, 2007

Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, District of Colorado, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, Northern District of New York, Northern District of Illinois, Southern District of Indiana, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Tennessee, Southern and Eastern District of Texas, District of Nebraska; and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Tara Boghosian

Tara Boghosian is a committed advocate for workers’ rights as well as economic and social justice. She works on cases advancing wage and hour, misclassification, and discrimination claims.

Tara graduated from Harvard Law School in 2020, where she completed over 2000 pro bono hours. During law school, she was involved with the International Human Rights Clinic, Prison Legal Assistance Project, Housing Law Clinic, and Harvard Mediation Program. As part of her work with the International Human Rights Clinic, she contributed to a project seeking to advance the human rights of informal workers.

In addition to working at Lichten & Liss-Riordan, she interned at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice and the Bronx Defenders Impact Litigation Practice. She was also a Research Assistant for Alicia Ely Yamin and a Negotiation Workshop Teaching Assistant. Her written work has or will appear in the Oxford Handbook of Economic and Social Rights, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, and the OnLabor blog.

Education:

Harvard Law School, J.D., Cum Laude
McGill University, B.A. in English Cultural Studies, First-Class Honors

Bar and Court Admissions:

Member, State Bar of Massachusetts, 2021

Anastasia Doherty

Anastasia Doherty is a dedicated workers’ rights advocate, who proudly represents workers asserting wage-and-hour and individual discrimination claims against their employers. She is currently involved in a number of cases in which employees have been misclassified as independent contractors, including exotic dancers, workers in the healthcare industry, and workers for “gig economy” companies, such as Uber and Lyft.

Anastasia attended Georgetown University, where she studied English and Justice & Peace, and went on to attend Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL). At Northeastern, she served as a staff member of the Northeastern University Law Review, as a Lawyering Fellow, and as a Teaching and Researching Assistant. She also published a law review article in the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, a quarterly journal founded by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and published by Rutgers Law School.

During law school, Anastasia focused her studies on civil rights and client advocacy. She represented individuals seeking abuse and harassment prevention orders in Massachusetts state court as a student attorney through the Northeastern Domestic Violence Institute (DVI), and represented individuals in restraining order and family law matters in Illinois state court as a student attorney with LAF (Legal Aid Foundation of Chicago). Anastasia worked on civil rights litigation at LAF (specifically Title IX) and through her internship at the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Massachusetts. She also interned at the Women’s Bar Foundation.

Prior to law school, Anastasia worked at a foundation that focused on reproductive health and justice and early childhood issues and worked on criminal justice reform at CUNY (City University of New York) John Jay College.

Education:

Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.
Georgetown University, B.A. in English, Certificate Justice & Peace Studies

Bar and Court Admissions:

Member, State Bar of Massachusetts, 2019

Zachary Rubin

Zach Rubin is a committed employees’ rights advocate who represents workers in wage and hour litigation, employment discrimination matters, and labor disputes in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He is currently engaged in a number of collective and class actions and individual employment matters involving workers across industries in the private and public sectors.

Zach has practiced labor and employment law since graduating from law school and previously worked for a prominent union-side law firm in Connecticut and as in-house counsel at a labor union in Connecticut. Zach enjoys the breadth of factual and legal issues that labor and employment attorneys must grapple with and has played key roles in litigation victories for his clients, including a 2017 case establishing that the employment protections in Connecticut’s medical marijuana statute are not preempted by federal law (the first time a federal court ruled on such an issue).

During law school, Zach worked as a law clerk at a union-side labor law firm in New York City and interned at Actors’ Equity Association, the National Labor Relations Board (Region 2), the New York State Supreme Court (trial level), and the NYC Office of Collective Bargaining. Additionally, Zach has long appreciated the importance of Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) in modern legal practice and served as Co-President of Brooklyn Law School’s ADR Society.

Education

Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2015
Cornell University, B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations, 2012

Bar and Court Admissions

Member, State Bar of Massachusetts, 2019
Member, State Bar of Connecticut, 2016
Member, State Bar of New York, 2016
Member, State Bar of New Jersey, 2015


Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, U.S. District Court of Connecticut, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court of New Jersey, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Michelle Cassorla

Michelle Cassorla is a committed public interest attorney who represents employees in wage and hour class action litigation.

Prior to joining Lichten & Liss-Riordan, Michelle was an associate at a union-side labor law firm in Washington, DC. She previously worked at Bread for the City, an anti-poverty non-profit, representing low-income DC residents in family law cases. Michelle also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Neal E. Kravitz of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

While in law school, Michelle represented individuals in unemployment benefit appeals as a student attorney in the Community Justice Project clinic. She also worked as an intern at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, at a plaintiff-side employment discrimination firm, and in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Michelle also served as an Executive Articles Editor for the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy. Before law school, Michelle worked on a political campaign and in campaign consulting.

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2013
Cornell University, B.A., summa cum laude in Government and with distinction in all subjects, 2007

Bar and Court Admissions

Member, State Bar of Massachusetts, 2013
Member, State Bar of District of Columbia, 2015
Member, State Bar of New Jersey, 2017

Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, U.S. District Court of District of Columbia, and U.S. District Court of New Jersey

Anne Kramer

Anne Kramer represents workers in wage and hour litigation in state and federal courts in California and Massachusetts. She is currently involved in a number of class actions and individual arbitrations involving “gig economy” companies, including Uber, Lyft, and many others.

During law school, Anne focused her studies on civil rights and graduated as a Public Interest Designation Fellow. She served as a student-attorney in the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project, where represented court-involved youth in the Greater Boston area. Anne was also an active member of the Boston College chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and participated in trainings on legal observing for civil rights protests.

Education

Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude
University of Wisconsin – Madison, B.S., with distinction

Bar and Court Admissions

Member, State Bar of Massachusetts, 2016
Member, State Bar of California, 2017

Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, First and Ninth Circuits

Matthew Carlson
Of Counsel

Matt Carlson represents workers in class action litigation, including wage and hour, hostile work environment, and discrimination disputes in state and federal courts in California and around the country. Matt has partnered with the firm on a number of cases involving “gig economy” companies in California, including Uber and Lyft. Matt also has substantial experience representing farm workers in central California, transportation workers, and individuals wrongfully classified as “overtime exempt” employees under state and federal law.

Education

University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D.
Yale University, B.A., political science

Bar and Court Admissions

Member, State Bar of California, 2010
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States District Court, Eastern District of California
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Olena Savytska

Olena Savytska is a dedicated and persistent client advocate and combines her experience in civil litigation and direct services in her work, approaching every case as a puzzle. Olena has focused on FLSA wage and hour actions in a variety of industries.

Olena began her work in wage and hour actions at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she represented dry cleaning and restaurant workers. As a student at Columbia Law School, Olena helped prepare and present a report to New York State agency members and legislators as part of the Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic and took part in the 2013 National Native American Law Students Association moot court competition.

During college, Olena worked as a paralegal, gaining significant experience in civil discovery and trial preparation. Olena is fluent in Spanish and Russian.

Education

Columbia Law School, J.D.
Boston College, BA in Political Science and Economics, cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

Member, State Bar of Massachusetts, 2015

Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts