Our proven litigators thrive in all types of challenging cases
Nationally recognized attorneys who currently serve as court appointed lead counsel in courts across the country and have been selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association as some of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania. Our attorneys have recovered over $500 million on behalf of their clients and class members. Sauder Schelkopf also has a Law and College Fellowship program that serves students, who are seeking a career in the law or public service, with significant litigation experience in complex, high impact national litigation.
- Temple University School of Law, Temple Law Review, 1998
- Publications: How a Criminal Defendant’s Death Pending Direct Appeal Affects the Victim’s Right to Restitution Under the Abatement Ab Initio Doctrine, 71 TEMP. L. REV. 347 (1998).
- Enacting and Enforcing Felony Animal Cruelty Laws to Prevent Violence Against Humans Animal Law 6 (2000)
- Temple University, B.S. magna cum laude 1995.
- New Jersey
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- Eastern District of Pennsylvania,
- Middle District of Pennsylvania,
- District of New Jersey
- District of Colorado.
- Eastern District of Michigan
- LawDragon, 2022 "500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers”
- The American Lawyer, 2021 Northeast Trailblazers
- The Legal Intelligencer, 2020 Pennsylvania Trailblazers
- Since 2012 Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania, National Trial Lawyers Association
- Since 2011 Pennsylvania SuperLawyer
- 2007 Lawyers on the Fast Track
- Philadelphia District Attorneys’ Alumni Association, Vice President
- Temple Law Alumni Association, Executive Committee
Joseph G. Sauder
Joseph G. Sauder handles complex cases on behalf of individuals, victims of sexual misconduct, consumers, small businesses, and employees. Mr. Sauder currently serves as court-appointed lead counsel in state and federal courts across the country. He has successfully litigated cases against some of the largest companies in the world.
Mr. Sauder started his legal career as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where, from 1998 to 2003, he successfully tried hundreds of criminal cases to verdict, including sexual abuse cases. LawDragon recognized Mr. Sauder in its list of the "500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers” for 2022. The Lawdragon consumer law guide offers the publication’s take on the best of the U.S. plaintiff bar specializing in representing consumers. The publication notes "these are the lawyers who stand on the front line in individual lawsuits and class actions seeking justice. They relish their role of underdog, taking on the toughest cases . . . ." The American Lawyer named Joe Sauder to its 2021 Northeast Trailblazers. The honor recognizes 60 lawyers who are “truly agents of change.” It "recognizes professionals in the Northeast who have moved the needle in the legal industry." The Northeast includes Maine, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. The Legal Intelligencer named Mr. Sauder in its 2020 Pennsylvania Trailblazers list recognizing 31 lawyers who “have taken extra measures to contribute to positive outcomes . . . and who are truly agents of change.” The Legal highlights Joe’s innovative work on advocacy as class counsel in large institutional sex abuse cover-ups, women's, and children's rights. Mr. Sauder has been repeatedly recognized by his peers. Since 2012, Mr. Sauder has been selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania. Since 2011, Mr. Sauder has been selected as a Pennsylvania SuperLawyer, a distinction held by the top 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics. In 2020, Mr. Sauder was selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® in Pennsylvania, comprised of the nation’s most exceptional trial lawyers for high stakes legal matters. The American Lawyer Media, publisher of The Legal Intelligencer and the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, named Mr. Sauder as one of the “Lawyers on the Fast Track” a distinction that recognized thirty-five Pennsylvania attorneys under the age of 40 who show outstanding promise in the legal profession and make a significant commitment to their community.
Mr. Sauder received his Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude in Finance from Temple University in 1995. He graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1998, where he was a member of the Temple Law Review. His publications include: How a Criminal Defendant’s Death Pending Direct Appeal Affects the Victim’s Right to Restitution Under the Abatement Ab Initio Doctrine, 71 TEMP. L. REV. 347 (1998); Enacting and Enforcing Felony Animal Cruelty Laws to Prevent Violence Against Humans Animal Law 6 (2000)
Mr. Sauder is admitted to practice before the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, the Eastern District of Michigan, Northern District of Illinois and the District of Colorado.
Mr. Sauder’s public service activities have included teaching trial advocacy to a local Philadelphia high school team that competed in the State Mock Trial Competition. He is vice president of the Philadelphia District Attorneys’ Alumni Association and served on the Executive Committee of Temple Law Alumni Association. His pro bono activities have included serving as a volunteer attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates, a nonprofit organization that provides legal and social services to abused and neglected children. He has represented survivors of clergy sex abuse in diocese establish compensation fund and assisted local businesses impacted by COVID-19. Mr. Sauder and his wife fund a scholarship endowment at a local community college for first-generation college students.
Mr. Sauder enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He continues to play ice hockey, a sport that he started when he was 4 years old and has taken him around the world. He has also coached several teams over the years.
- Villanova University School of Law, LL.M., 2008
- Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2002 Moot Court Honor Society, Executive Board Trial Advocacy Honor Society
- Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1999
- Pennsylvania, 2002
- New Jersey, 2002
- Third Circuit Court of Appeals
- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- District of New Jersey
- Best Lawyers® in America - 2022
- National Trial Lawyers: Top 25 Products Liability Trial Lawyers – 2021
- Pennsylvania Trailblazer - 2020
- America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® - 2020
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers/Rising Star – 2010-2021
- National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 – 2012-2015
- Lawyers on the Fast Track – 2012
- National Order of Barristers
- American Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
Matthew D. Schelkopf
Matthew D. Schelkopf has extensive litigation experience throughout the United States and has successfully handled large complex class actions on behalf of millions of consumers against major auto manufacturers such as Honda, Toyota, Volvo, Hyundai, Kia, BMW, GM, Subaru, Ford, Chrysler and Nissan. Matthew is a devoted litigator with an emphasis on complex class actions involving automotive defects, consumer protection, defective products and false advertising.
In 2022, LawDragon recognized Mr. Schelkopf in its list of the"500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers”. The LawDragon consumer law guide offers the publication’s take on the best of the U.S. plaintiff bar specializing in representing consumers. The publication notes "these are the lawyers who stand on the front line in individual lawsuits and class actions seeking justice. They relish their role of underdog, taking on the toughest cases . . . ." The Legal Intelligencer named Mr. Schelkopf in its 2020 Pennsylvania Trailblazers list recognizing 31 lawyers who “have taken extra measures to contribute to positive outcomes . . . and who are truly agents of change.” The Legal highlights Matthew’s work on behalf of clients who have been victimized by corporations. Since 2010, Mr. Schelkopf has been selected by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (a distinction held by the top 2.5% of attorneys in PA) and then a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics. In 2012, The American Lawyer Media, publisher of The Legal Intelligencer and the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, named Mr. Schelkopf as one of the “Lawyers on the Fast Track” a distinction that recognized thirty-five Pennsylvania attorneys under the age of 40 who show outstanding promise in the legal profession and make a significant commitment to their community. Mr. Schelkopf was also selected as a Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers in 2012-2015. In 2020, Mr. Schelkopf was selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® in Pennsylvania, comprised of the nation’s most exceptional trial lawyers for high stakes legal matters. In 2021, he was selected as a Top 25 Products Liability Trial Lawyer and then as a Best Lawyer® in America (Mass Tort/Class Action) in 2022.
Mr. Schelkopf began his legal profession as a criminal prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Office of York County. He quickly progressed to Senior Deputy Prosecutor where he headed a trial team responsible for approximately 300 felony and misdemeanor cases each quarterly trial term.
In 2004, Mr. Schelkopf then associated with a suburban Philadelphia area law firm, litigating civil matters throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 2006, he was co-counsel in a Philadelphia County trial resulting in a $30,000,000.00 jury verdict in favor of his clients – the largest state verdict recorded for that year. Mr. Schelkopf currently serves as a lead and co-lead counsel in numerous class actions related to product and automotive defect cases pending throughout the country.
Outside of the office, Mr. Schelkopf enjoys spending time with his family, mountain and road biking, skiing and restoring classic automobiles. Three of his auto restorations have been featured in nationally circulated automotive publications.
- Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2013
- Managing Editor of Student Works for the Jeffrey S. Moorad Journal of Sports Law
- Publications: Showing On-Field Racism the Red Card: How the Use of Tort Law and Vicarious Liability Can Save the MLS from Joining the English Premier League on Racism Row, 20 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports L.J. 247 (2013)
- Ursinus College, B.A., 2010
- Pennsylvania, 2013
- New Jersey, 2013
- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- District of New Jersey
Joseph B. Kenney
Joseph B. Kenney devotes his practice to litigation and has experience representing consumers in class actions involving automotive and consumer product defects, false and misleading advertising, securities litigation, employee rights, and other consumer protection litigation. Joe currently serves as class counsel on behalf of owners of fire sprinklers in Jackson v. Viking Group, Inc., No. 8:18-cv-02356 (D. Md.). Since 2017, Mr. Kenney has been selected by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (an honor reserved for 2.5% of lawyers in Pennsylvania), as chosen by his peers based on his professional achievements.
Mr. Kenney received his J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law in 2013. While at Villanova, he was elected as a Managing Editor of Student Works for the Jeffrey S. Moorad Journal of Sports Law by his peers. As a staff writer, his comment, Showing On-Field Racism the Red Card: How the Use of Tort Law and Vicarious Liability Can Save the MLS from Joining the English Premier League on Racism Row, was selected for publication in the Spring 2012 Volume of the Journal. Prior to law school, he attended Ursinus College where he majored in politics and minored in international studies. Mr. Kenny was also a member of the men’s varsity soccer team at Ursinus.
Outside of the office, Mr. Kenney enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, watching soccer, and reading. Mr. Kenney also ran the Chicago Marathon in 2017.
Lori G. Kier
Lori G. Kier handles complex cases on behalf of individuals, victims of sexual misconduct, consumers, small businesses and employees. Ms. Kier currently represents victims of sexual abuse across the country including University of Southern California, Rockefeller University Hospital, Huntington Memorial Hospital and various Catholic Archdioceses.
Ms. Kier has a broad litigation background, with nearly 25 years of service as senior attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Philadelphia. At the EPA, Ms. Kier developed and prosecuted enforcement cases (administrative and judicial) under multiple state and federal environmental statutes, including all aspects of litigation. She led various teams in developing enforcement initiatives, especially in the area of municipal and industrial stormwater. Statutory areas covered included: Clean Water Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act National Historic Preservation Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act. While at EPA, Ms. Kier received numerous awards for her work, including an EPA Bronze Medal for the Revised Total Coliform Rule in Pennsylvania and Virginia; a Federal Executive Board Gold Medal for Scientific Achievement as part of a Perfluorinated Chemicals Investigation Team; and a US. Department of Justice Commendation Certificate for support of a Clean Water Act case against a steel manufacturer.
Prior to her time at EPA, Ms. Kier served as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and a Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Fred I. Parker (D.Vt.). Ms. Kier has a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she participated in the Environmental Law Society and various clinical programs. She attended Middlebury College in Vermont for undergraduate degree, where she majored in Philosophy and participated in Student Government, Amnesty International, Ski Club and the Speech and Debate teams.
As an active participant in her local community, Ms. Kier is currently a member of the East Goshen Township Zoning Hearing Board and previously served on the Township’s Planning Commission. She has also served as a mock trial coach for two local high schools; as a judge for high school, college and law school mock trial and moot court competitions; and she currently tutors a DACA recipient in English. In her spare time, Ms. Kier enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, which includes her husband and two teenaged daughters.
Alice M. Elmer
Alice is a graduate of Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, with a Certificate in Business Law. She was a Law & Public Policy Scholar and a Weisman Fellow. Prior to working at Sauder Schelkopf, Alice interned with the Office of Attorney General in Pennsylvania, and with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. She has studied economics through the lens of law, written on the topics of Federal student loan debt and elder abuse financial frauds, and completed projects analyzing housing issues local to Philadelphia with the support of City Council and the Sheller Center for Social Justice. Valuing Temple’s vibrant scholarly community, she held leadership positions with Outlaw, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and the Women’s Law Caucus. Out of a commitment to service, she participated in the Employment Advocacy Project, the Name Change Project, and the Pro Se Asylum Clinic—all experiences where she helped clients.
Alice holds a B.A. degree in Art and Gender Studies from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands. As an undergraduate student, she studied in Prague and in Paris, where she focused on photography and European culture. Prior to law school, Alice worked in book publishing for five years. She learned the value of good design and cultivated an editor’s attention to detail. Driven to create great change in people’s lives, she has since harnessed her experiences in writing and storytelling for the study of law.
Outside of work, Alice enjoys cooking, the outdoors, and traveling as often as possible.