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.
  • Pennsylvania
  • 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 Doctrine71 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.

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  • Villanova University School of Law, LL.M., 2008
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2002 Moot Court Honor Society; Trial Advocacy Honor Society - Executive Board
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1999
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • District of New Jersey
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 25 Class Action Trial Lawyers - President 2022-2023
  • Best Lawyers® in America - 2022 and 2023
  • LawDragon "500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers" - 2020
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 25 Products Liability Trial Lawyers – 2021-2023
  • Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania Trailblazer - 2020
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® - 2020, 2022
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania, National Trial Lawyers Association - 2019-2023
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer - 2017-2022
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 – 2012-2015
  • Lawyers on the Fast Track – 2012
  • Pennsylvania Rising Star – 2010-2016
  • 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, Volkswagen, Audi, Mazda, Chrysler and Nissan. He is a devoted litigator with an emphasis on catastrophic personal injury matters and complex class actions involving automotive defects, consumer protection, defective products and false advertising. Mr. Schelkopf currently serves as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous class actions related to product and automotive defect cases pending throughout the United States.

Mr. Schelkopf was selected as the 2022-2023 President of the Class Action Trial Lawyers Association Top 25, an invitation-only elite group limited to the Top 25 lawyers in each state. He has also been honored as a Best Lawyer® in America (Mass Tort/Class Action) in 2022 and 2023. 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 . . . ." In 2021, 2022 and 2023, he was selected as a Top 25 Products Liability Trial Lawyer, an invitation-only professional organization composed of and limited to the Top 25 attorneys from each state or region who serve individuals and families who need attorneys to represent them in the American legal system regarding Product Liability claims.

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 Mr. Schelkopf’s work on behalf of clients who have been victimized by corporations. In 2020 and 2022, 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. Since 2019, Mr. Schelkopf has been selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania) and then a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, as chosen by legal 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.

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 individual 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.

In 2017, Mr. Schelkopf utilized his background and knowledge of automobiles to assist police in identifying the vehicle used in a pedestrian hit and run incident which left the victim with severe life-threatening injuries. The driver was subsequently apprehended by police and admitted to being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.  

 

Outside of the office, Mr. Schelkopf enjoys spending time with his wife, son and golden retriever. He also keeps active with mountain and road biking, skiing, and restoring (and racing) classic automobiles. Three of his auto restorations have been featured in nationally circulated automotive publications.

Joe Kenny
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., cum laude 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
  • District of Colorado
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2017-2022
  • Joseph B. Kenney

    Joseph B. Kenney is a Partner who 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. Kenney 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.

    • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude, May 2013
      • Law Review – National Security and Armed Conflict (“NSAC”)
    • University of Miami, B.B.A., May 2009
    • Florida, 2013
    • Pennsylvania, 2015
    • New Jersey, 2015
    • Southern District of Florida
    • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • District of New Jersey
    • District of Colorado
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2018-2022
  • Publications: Practising Law Institute, 23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute - Chapter 57: The Impact of Payment Card II on Class Action Litigation & Settlements (Mar. 1, 2018) (ISBN Number: 9781402431005)
  • Mark B. DeSanto

    Mark B. DeSanto has extensive litigation experience in federal courts throughout the United States representing consumers, pension participants, investors, and employees in class actions involving false and misleading advertising, defective products, data breaches, ERISA litigation, securities litigation, employee rights, and other consumer protection litigation. Since 2018, Mr. DeSanto has been selected by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (an honor reserved for 2.5% of lawyers in Pennsylvania), as selected by his peers based on his professional achievements. Mr. DeSanto authored a chapter of a course handbook published by the Practising Law Institute on March 1, 2018, for the 23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute titled Chapter 57: The Impact of Payment Card II on Class Action Litigation & Settlements (ISBN Number: 9781402431005).

    Mr. DeSanto received his Juris Doctor (J.D.), cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 2013, where he was also a member of the National Security and Armed Conflict Law Review. During his second and third years of law school, Mr. DeSanto worked full-time at a securities litigation firm while also attending law school full-time and earning Dean’s List and President’s Honor Roll distinction (4.0 GPA) as well as honors distinction in Trial & Litigation Skills courses I and II. Prior to attending law school, Mr. DeSanto attended the University of Miami where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Finance in 2009. Mr. DeSanto is admitted to practice law in Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

    Outside of the office, Mr. DeSanto enjoys spending time with his wife and son, playing golf, and going to the gym early every morning.

  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, JD, Aug 2020 - May 2023
  • University of Colorado, Master of Arts (M.A.), Leadership Student Affairs in Higher Education 2016 - 2018
  • Colorado State University Pueblo, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Sociology 2016
  • National Trial Team
  • Juliette T. Mogenson

    Juliette Mogenson is a third-year law student at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. At Villanova Law, Ms. Mogenson is a member of the National Trial Team as well as the Mock Trial Coordinator for Phi Alpha Delta - King Chapter’s mock trial program. Additionally, she is a Research Assistant for Professor Teri Ravenell. She has made contributions to two law review articles on qualified immunity: Unincorporating Qualified Immunity and Qualified Immunity and Unqualified Assumptions. In May 2022, Ms. Mogenson won Villanova Law Library’s Excellence in Student Research Prize.

    Before attending Villanova Law, Ms. Mogenson worked as a Victim Advocate at Pueblo Rape Crisis Services. Ms. Mogenson worked with survivors of sexual violence and abuse, providing them with support, information, resources, referrals, and advocacy. She provided 24/7 confidential hospital accompaniment and crisis response. She coordinated with hospital staff, law enforcement, and victim service providers to ensure survivors’ safety and health. Additionally, Ms. Mogenson counseled survivors with understanding and asserting their legal rights and ensured that their voices were heard and represented throughout the legal process.

    Prior to joining Sauder Schelkopf, Ms. Mogenson worked at New Jersey Office of the Attorney General Division of Law, the Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Mogenson’s public service activities have included coaching adolescent girls at a young women’s conference which focused on college readiness and skill-building. She planned a women’s self-defense class on movement and empowerment to raise funds for a local domestic violence shelter. For five years, Ms. Mogenson served as a chapter leader in her local women’s empowerment group. In 2018, Ms. Mogenson received a Community Influencer Award from The Knot Worldwide.

    Ms. Mogenson earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2016 and a master’s degree in Leadership in 2018. In her free time, Juliette enjoys cooking, traveling, reading fiction novels, and playing board games.

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