Evan J. Kaufman
“We vigorously litigate our cases to achieve the best results possible for our clients.”
Evan Kaufman has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for class members in high-profile class actions in federal and state courts around the nation.
Evan Kaufman is a partner in the Firm’s Melville office. He focuses his practice in the area of complex litigation, including securities, corporate mergers and acquisitions, derivative, and consumer fraud class actions.
Kaufman has served as lead counsel or played a significant role in numerous actions, including: In re TD Banknorth S’holders Litig. ($50 million recovery); In re Gen. Elec. Co. ERISA Litig. ($40 million cost to GE, including significant improvements to GE’s employee retirement plan, and benefits to GE plan participants valued in excess of $100 million); EnergySolutions, Inc. Sec. Litig. ($26 million recovery); Lockheed Martin Corp. Sec. Litig. ($19.5 million recovery); In re Warner Chilcott Ltd. Sec. Litig. ($16.5 million recovery); In re Third Avenue Mgmt. Sec. Litig. ($14.25 million recovery); In re Giant Interactive Grp., Inc. Sec. Litig. ($13 million recovery); In re Royal Grp. Tech. Sec. Litig. ($9 million recovery); Fidelity Ultra Short Bond Fund Litig. ($7.5 million recovery); In re Audiovox Derivative Litig. ($6.75 million recovery and corporate governance reforms); State Street Yield Plus Fund Litig. ($6.25 million recovery); In re Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., Internet Strategies Sec. Litig. (resolved as part of a $39 million global settlement); and In re MONY Grp., Inc. S'holder Litig. (obtained preliminary injunction requiring disclosures in proxy statement).
In the TD Banknorth litigation, Kaufman and the Firm achieved a $50 million recovery after successfully objecting to a $3 million settlement submitted to the court on behalf of the class. The court stated: “This is one of the cases – there’s probably been a half a dozen since I’ve been a judge that I handled which have – really through the sheer diligence and effort of plaintiffs’ counsel – resulted in substantial awards for plaintiffs, after overcoming serious procedural and other barriers . . . it appears plainly from the papers that you and your co-counsel have diligently, and at great personal expense and through the devotion of many thousands of hours of your time, prosecuted this case to a successful conclusion.”
In the Third Avenue Mgmt. litigation, when approving the $14.25 million settlement obtained by Kaufman and the Firm, the court commended the parties for their “wisdom” and “diligence” and concluded that “lead counsel diligently and with quality represented the interests of the class.”
In the Giant Interactive litigation, the court acknowledged the efforts of Kaufman and the Firm in achieving the favorable settlement for the Class: "The Court also recognizes the diligence and hard work of plaintiffs' counsel in achieving such a settlement, particularly in light of the fact that this case (unlike many other securities class actions) was independently developed by plaintiffs' counsel, as opposed to following, or piggybacking on, a regulatory investigation or settlement."
Kaufman has been named a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. Prior to joining the Firm, he was associated with a prominent Manhattan plaintiffs' class action firm, where his practice focused on securities and consumer fraud class actions. Kaufman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Fordham International Law Journal.
American Bar Association, Member
Honors & Awards
- Super Lawyer, 2013-2015
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1995
- Member, Fordham International Law Journal
University of Michigan, B.A., 1992
- New York
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
- March 14, 2013