Debra J. Wyman

Debra J. Wyman


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Debra Wyman is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s San Diego office. She specializes in securities litigation and has litigated numerous cases against public companies in state and federal courts that have resulted in over $2 billion in securities fraud recoveries.

Debra served as lead counsel in In re Am. Realty Cap. Props., Inc. Litig., a case arising out of ARCP’s manipulative accounting practices, and obtained a $1.025 billion recovery. For five years, she and the litigation team prosecuted nine different claims for violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Securities Act of 1933, involving seven different stock or debt offerings and two mergers. The recovery represents the highest percentage of damages of any major PSLRA case prior to trial and includes the largest personal contributions by individual defendants in history.

Debra was also a member of the trial team 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 achieved represents more than 30% of the aggregate classwide damages, far exceeding the typical recovery in a securities class action.

Debra prosecuted the complex securities and accounting fraud case In re HealthSouth Corp. Sec. Litig., one of the largest and longest-running corporate frauds in history, in which $671 million was recovered for defrauded HealthSouth investors. She was also part of the trial team that litigated In re AT&T Corp. Sec. Litig., which was tried in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, and settled after only two weeks of trial for $100 million. Debra was also part of the litigation team that secured a $64 million recovery for Dana Corp. shareholders in Plumbers & Pipefitters National Pension Fund v. Burns, in which the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group successfully appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals twice, reversing the district court’s dismissal of the action.

Debra has been named a Top Woman Lawyer by the Daily Journal, Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer, an MVP by Law360, a Leading Lawyer in America and a Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer by Lawdragon, a Litigator of the Year by Our City San Diego, and a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.


  • Top Woman Lawyer, Daily Journal, 2017, 2020
  • MVP, Law360, 2020
  • Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer, Lawdragon, 2019-2020
  • Leading Lawyer in America, Lawdragon, 2020
  • Litigator of the Week, The American Lawyer, 2020
  • Litigator of the Year, Our City San Diego, 2017
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016-2017

Practice Areas


  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A., 1990


  • California
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Notable Cases


Professional Affiliations

  • California Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
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