Remote Rundown

Although we’re physically apart, we didn’t want to let the COVID-19 pandemic to stop us from virtually connecting. Hosted by Offit Kurman Labor and Employment Attorneys Sarah Sawyer and Russell Berger – and moderated by our Director of Business Development, Jim Ries – the Remote Rundown is an episodic series focusing on conversation surrounding the latest and most relevant employment issues relating to COVID-19 and practical advice for business owners and employers on how to best deal with the unprecedented challenges as a result of the pandemic. Join us every Thursday to hear the latest developments and stay up-to-date on COVID-19 in Maryland.


Remote Rundown Attorneys

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Sarah Sawyer
Labor and Employment Attorney| 410.209.6413

As an experienced business advisor and litigator, Sarah works with business owners to implement policies and practices that keep their businesses running smoothly, helps them avoid expensive legal battles, and fights for them when litigation arises. Sarah focuses her practice on providing her clients with general business advice, drafting and analyzing employment documents ranging from employment agreements and severance agreements to employee handbooks, and litigating all aspects of general civil and commercial disputes.


Russell Berger
Labor and Employment Attorney | 410.209.6449

As an accomplished labor and employment attorney and Department Chair, Mr. Berger provides business counsel to employers on employee matters and is well-versed in litigating in both state and federal courts. Russell Berger is the trusted legal counsel every business owner needs to feel confident in their decision-making and secure with their assets. As a Practice Group Director at Offit Kurman, Mr. Berger has direct experience with managing other managers, which he draws from in advising his clients. He is a pragmatic problem-solver that works efficiently and tirelessly to present his clients the best possible solutions to their most complicated issues. He represents employers, businesses, and professionals in employment disputes across the nation.

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Jim Ries
Director of Business Development | 410.209.6455

Offit Kurman is a full-service law firm with over 225 attorneys focused on representing privately-held businesses. With deep experience and knowledge dealing with the issues that business owners are regularly faced with, we bring value to every relationship. As Director of Business Development, Jim Ries drives revenue growth for Offit Kurman by helping business leaders and families of wealth address some their most difficult challenges. He also identifies and develops strategic partnerships and market opportunities. Jim has access to a deep network of attorneys in every practice area, and he is able to connect his clients to the right attorney who can resolve their legal disputes and protect their assets. Jim is a master networker, and his high-level connections call him for solutions when they don't know who to call. Let Jim be your Google.