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
- 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 1998-2003, he successfully tried hundreds of criminal cases to verdict, including sexual abuse cases. 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 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 a number of 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
- America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® - 2020
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star – 2010-2020
- 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.
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.
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.
Davina Okonkwo received her J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law in 2020. While at Penn Law, she served as Treasurer of the Black Law Students Association, led a pro bono project engaging local students in conflict resolution and peer mediation practices, and was involved at a local tax preparation clinic for underserved members of the community. Davina was also a Senior Editor for the Journal of Law and Innovation. Additionally, she was a research assistant for Professor Shaun Ossei-Owusu, focusing on programs and initiatives at law schools that are designed to mitigate the obstacles that shape experiences in legal education for students with first-generation professional status. Prior to law school, she received her B.A. in Political Science from University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences with a minor in Africana Studies and a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.
Through his law school studies and clerkships, Sonjay worked with litigators across the country to achieve optimal client outcomes in the areas of personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, and employment discrimination. He is excited to continue fighting for plaintiffs with Sauder Schelkopf.
Sonjay received his J.D. with a certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2020. As a law student, Sonjay was a member of the National Trial Team and won accolades at trial competitions nationwide. He also served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association and interviewed prospective professors as a student member of the Faculty Selection Committee. In his final year of law school, Sonjay was named the Stewart J. Eisenberg Scholar for his excellence in trial advocacy and received the Trial Program Award as the outstanding graduate in the field of civil litigation.
Sonjay enjoys spending time outdoors in his free time, whether hiking, skiing, kayaking, or rock climbing. He is active in local politics and served as an elected Democratic Committeeperson in Marple Township from 2017 to 2019.