Darren J. Robbins


“The strength of our commitment to excellence is reflected in our unmatched record of success.”

Darren Robbins has been named California Lawyer Attorney of the Year and recognized as one of the nation’s top securities litigators by several organizations, including The American Lawyer and Chambers USA.

Darren Robbins is a founding partner of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Over the last two decades, Robbins has served as lead counsel in more than 100 securities actions and has recovered billions of dollars for injured shareholders.

Robbins has obtained significant recoveries in a number of actions arising out of wrongdoing related to the issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities, including cases against Countrywide ($500 million) and Goldman Sachs ($272 million). Most recently, he served as lead counsel in Schuh v. HCA Holdings, Inc., which resulted in a $215 million recovery for shareholders, the largest securities class action recovery ever in Tennessee. The recovery represents between 34% and 70% of the aggregate damages, far exceeding the typical recovery in a securities class action. He also served as co-lead counsel in connection with a $627 million recovery for investors in In re Wachovia Preferred Securities & Bond/Notes Litig., one of the largest credit-crisis settlements involving Securities Act claims.

One of the hallmarks of Robbins’ practice has been his focus on corporate governance reform. For example, in UnitedHealth, a securities fraud class action arising out of an options backdating scandal, Robbins represented lead plaintiff CalPERS and was able to obtain the cancellation of more than 3.6 million stock options held by the company’s former CEO and secure a record $925 million cash recovery for shareholders. In addition, Robbins obtained sweeping corporate governance reforms, including the election of a shareholder-nominated director to the company’s board of directors, a mandatory holding period for shares acquired via option exercise, and compensation reforms that tied executive pay to performance.

Featured consistently in prominent industry rankings, observers, peers and adversaries recognize Robbins as one of the leading attorneys in the securities litigation field.  He has been named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers Shaping the Future” by the Daily Journal, one of the “Young Litigators 45 and Under” by The American Lawyer, a “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, one of the “Best Lawyers in America” and "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers®, one of the “Top 50 Lawyers in San Diego” by Super Lawyers Magazine, and “Attorney of the Year” by California Lawyer. Additionally, Chambers USA designated Robbins as “a prominent figure in the field of securities litigation” and “one of the leaders of the plaintiff Bar.”

Robbins is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars around the world. He also advises institutional investors in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Middle East, Asia and the European Union on issues related to securities litigation, corporate governance and investor activism.

Robbins was awarded B.S. and M.A. degrees in Economics from the University of Southern California. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt Law School.

Honors & Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers®, 2017
  • Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers®, 2010-2017
  • Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2017
  • Leading Lawyer in America, Lawdragon, 2006-2007, 2009-2016
  • Super Lawyer, 2013-2017
  • Leading Lawyer, Chambers USA, 2014-2016
  • Recognized as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in San Diego, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015
  • Recognized as one of Top 100 Lawyers Shaping the Future, Daily Journal, 2008
  • Recognized as a Young Litigator 45 and Under, The American Lawyer, 2007
  • 2003 Attorney of the Year Award, presented by California Lawyer, March 2004


Vanderbilt School of Law, J.D., 1993

University of Southern California, M.A., 1990

University of Southern California, B.S., 1990


  • California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Darren J. Robbins


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