Evan J. Kaufman

Evan J. Kaufman

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Overview

Evan Kaufman is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s Melville office. He has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for class members in securities, ERISA, and complex class actions.

Evan served as lead counsel in the SandRidge Energy securities litigation and obtained a $35.75 million global settlement, including $21.8 million for SandRidge common stock purchasers. As lead counsel in the TD Banknorth litigation, Evan 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 in the TD Banknorth litigation 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.”

Evan served as co-lead class counsel on behalf of 212,000 participants in General Electric’s 401(k) plan and obtained $61 million for the class, which was the largest recovery ever in an ERISA case alleging a retirement plan improperly offered proprietary funds. During the GE ERISA final settlement approval hearing, the court stated: “[T]his has been a hard-fought case” which “presented interesting and difficult issues” and that “everyone did a great job.” Evan served as lead counsel or as an integral part of the team in other ERISA actions, including on behalf of participants in the retirement plans of Invesco, JP Morgan, and Wakemed.

Evan also achieved notable results in numerous other securities class actions, including recovering $26 million in the EnergySolutions litigation, and in cases against Lockheed Martin, State Street, Fidelity, Warner Chilcott, Talkspace, Third Avenue Management, and Giant Interactive, among others.

In the Third Avenue Management litigation, when approving the $14.25 million settlement obtained by Evan 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 Evan 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.”

Evan has been named a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. Before joining the Firm, he was associated with a prominent Manhattan plaintiffs’ class action firm. Evan 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.

Awards

  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2015, 2017-2020, 2023

Practice Areas

Education

Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1995

  • Member, Fordham International Law Journal

University of Michigan, B.A., 1992

Admissions

  • New York
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Eighth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

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Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
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