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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 $1 billion in securities fraud recoveries.
Debra was sole lead counsel in In re Am. Realty Capital 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 approximately 70% of 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. Most recently, Debra was 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, a Leading Lawyer in American by Lawdragon, a Litigator of the Year by Our City San Diego, and a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. She has also been named a Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer by Lawdragon. 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.
- Leading Lawyer in America, Lawdragon, 2020
- Litigator of the Week, The American Lawyer, 2020
- Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer, Lawdragon, 2019
- Top Women Lawyer, Daily Journal, 2017
- Litigator of the Year, Our City San Diego, 2017
- Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016-2017
- Litigation Services
- Securities Fraud
- University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1997
- University of California, Irvine, B.A., 1990
- 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
- March 20, 2020
- January 24, 2020
- September 19, 2019
- May 16, 2019
- September 12, 2017
- June 7, 2017
- May 24, 2017
- February 28, 2017
- January 20, 2017
- May 17, 2016
- 31 Robbins Geller Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for Their Excellence and Achievements in Law by Super Lawyers MagazineJanuary 20, 2016
- November 10, 2015
- November 6, 2014
- April 11, 2013
- February 20, 2013
- California Bar Association
- San Diego County Bar Association