Darren J. Robbins

Partner

“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. Over the last two decades, he has served as lead counsel in more than 100 securities class 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 the case against Goldman Sachs ($272 million recovery). Robbins 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. Robbins also recently served as lead counsel in Schuh v. HCA Holdings, Inc., which resulted in a $215 million recovery for shareholders.

One of the hallmarks of Robbins’ practice has been his focus on corporate governance reform. 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. Robbins also negotiated 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. Recently, Robbins led a shareholder derivative action brought by several pension funds on behalf of Community Health Systems, Inc. The case yielded a $60 million payment to Community Health (the largest recovery ever in a shareholder derivative action in Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit), as well as groundbreaking corporate governance reforms that included two shareholder-nominated directors, the creation and appointment of a Healthcare Law Compliance Coordinator, the implementation of a compensation clawback in the event of a restatement, the establishment of an insider trading controls committee, and the adoption of a political expenditure disclosure policy.

Robbins was named California Lawyer Attorney of the Year and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top securities litigators by numerous organizations and publications. He has been named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers Shaping the Future” by the Daily Journal and one of the “Young Litigators 45 and Under” by The American Lawyer. The American Lawyer commended him for helping “set the pace for [his] peers,” and Chambers USA called him “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 on securities litigation and corporate governance reform. He advises institutional investors in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Middle East, Asia and the European Union.

Robbins was awarded Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Economics from the University of Southern California, and 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, 2009-2017
  • 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

Education

Vanderbilt School of Law, J.D., 1993

University of Southern California, M.A., 1990

University of Southern California, B.S., 1990

Admissions

  • 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

Office

San Diego
T: (619) 231-1058
F: (619) 231-7423