Robert M. Rothman

Partner

“In our unrelenting quest for justice, we zealously represent investors and consumers who have been victimized by corporate wrongdoing.”

Office

Melville
T: (631) 367-7100

Robert Rothman has extensive experience litigating cases involving investment fraud, consumer fraud and antitrust violations. He also lectures to institutional investors throughout the world.

Mr. Rothman has served as lead counsel in numerous class actions alleging violations of securities laws, including cases against First Bancorp ($74.25 million recovery), Spiegel ($17.5 million recovery), NBTY ($16 million recovery), and The Children’s Place ($12 million recovery). Mr. Rothman actively represents shareholders in connection with going private transactions and tender offers. For example, in connection with a tender offer made by Citigroup, Mr. Rothman secured an increase of more than $38 million in upfront cash benefits over what was originally offered to shareholders.

Mr. Rothman actively litigates consumer fraud cases. In a case alleging false advertising claims where Mr. Rothman was the lead counsel, the defendant agreed to a settlement valued in excess of $67 million. Mr. Rothman also tries, arbitrates and mediates cases. For example, he obtained a multi-million dollar verdict after the trial of a shareholders’ derivative case.

In one ongoing securities matter that Mr. Rothman is litigating, the court took the time, in upholding plaintiffs’ complaint, to compliment the quality of the legal representation: “I’ve thought about the arguments and the briefs. Let me commend the lawyers. It was well argued on both sides, and well written briefs, and it’s a pleasure to have lawyering of this caliber in the courthouse.” In re Orion Sec. Litig., No. 08-cv-1328 (RJS), Transcript at 32 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 19, 2009). In another, now-settled matter that Mr. Rothman and the Firm litigated as lead counsel, the court stated that the appointment of lead counsel went a “long way” to resolving “a very difficult matter and a very complicated situation.” Phillips v. Reckson Assoc. Realty Corp., No. 12871/2006, Transcript at 3 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Nassau County Jan. 20, 2009).

Mr. Rothman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He then earned his Juris Doctor degree, with Distinction, from Hofstra University School of Law. During law school, Mr. Rothman was a member of the law review and was awarded the Dean’s Academic Scholarship for completing his first year in the top one percent of his class. Prior to the Firm, Mr. Rothman practiced commercial litigation with an international law firm. 

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association’s Sections of Litigation and Antitrust Law, Member

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyer, 2011, 2013

Education

Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 1993, with Distinction

  • Member, the Law Review
  • Awarded the Dean’s Academic Scholarship for completing his first year in the top one percent of his class

State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., 1990

Admissions

  • New York
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Eighth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York