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Randall Baron is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s San Diego office. He specializes in securities litigation, corporate takeover litigation, and breach of fiduciary duty actions. For almost two decades, Randy has headed up a team of lawyers whose accomplishments include obtaining instrumental rulings both at injunction and trial phases, and establishing liability of financial advisors and investment banks. With an in-depth understanding of merger and acquisition and breach of fiduciary duty law, an ability to work under extreme time pressures, and the experience and willingness to take a case through trial, he has been responsible for recovering more than a billion dollars for shareholders.
Notable achievements over the years include: In re Kinder Morgan, Inc. S’holders Litig. (Kan. Dist. Ct., Shawnee Cnty.), where Randy obtained an unprecedented $200 million common fund for former Kinder Morgan shareholders, the largest merger & acquisition class action recovery in history; In re Dole Food Co., Inc. S’holder Litig. (Del. Ch.), where he went to trial in the Delaware Court of Chancery on claims of breach of fiduciary duty on behalf of Dole Food Co., Inc. shareholders and obtained $148 million, the largest trial verdict ever in a class action challenging a merger transaction; and In re Rural/Metro Corp. S’holders Litig. (Del. Ch.), where Randy and co-counsel obtained nearly $110 million total recovery for shareholders against Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets LLC. In In re Del Monte Foods Co. S’holders Litig. (Del. Ch.), he exposed the unseemly practice by investment bankers of participating on both sides of large merger and acquisition transactions and ultimately secured an $89 million settlement for shareholders of Del Monte. Randy was one of the lead attorneys representing about 75 public and private institutional investors that filed and settled individual actions in In re WorldCom Sec. Litig. (S.D.N.Y.), where more than $657 million was recovered, the largest opt-out (non-class) securities action in history. In In re Dollar Gen. Corp. S’holder Litig. (Tenn. Cir. Ct., Davidson Cnty.), Randy was lead trial counsel and helped to secure a settlement of up to $57 million in a common fund shortly before trial, and in Brown v. Brewer (C.D. Cal.), he secured $45 million for shareholders of Intermix Corporation, relating to News Corp.’s acquisition of that company. In In re Chaparral Res., Inc. S’holders Litig. (Del. Ch.), he was one of the lead trial counsel, which resulted in a common fund settlement of $41 million (or 45% increase above merger price) after a full trial and a subsequent mediation before the Delaware Chancellor. The Delaware Vice Chancellor who presided over the trial noted that “the performance [of the attorneys on the case] was outstanding, and frankly, without the efforts of counsel, nothing would have been achieved.” In In re ACS S’holder Litig. (Tex. Cnty. Ct., Dallas Cnty.), Randy led the negotiations and obtained significant concessions from ACS’s acquirer, Xerox, by which shareholders would not be locked out of receiving more money from another buyer. The New York Times Deal Professor deemed this result both “far reaching” and “unprecedented.” In In re Prime Hospitality, Inc. S’holder Litig. (Del. Ch.), he led a team of lawyers who objected to a settlement that was unfair to the class and proceeded to litigate breach of fiduciary duty issues involving a sale of hotels to a private equity firm. The litigation resulted in a common fund settlement of $25 million for shareholders. As the Delaware Chancellor presiding over the case noted: “[H]ad it not been for the intervention of [Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP] . . . there would not have been a settlement that would have generated actual cash for the shareholders.” Most recently, Randy successfully obtained a partial settlement of $60 million in In re Tesla Motors, Inc. S’holder Litig., a case that alleged that the members of the Tesla Board of Directors breached their fiduciary duties, unjustly enriched themselves, and wasted corporate assets in connection with their approval of Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity Corp. in 2016.
Formerly, Randy served as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County. From 1990-1997, he was a trial deputy in numerous offices throughout Los Angeles County, where he tried over 70 felony cases. From 1994-1997, Randy was part of the Special Investigation Division of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, where he investigated and prosecuted public corruption cases. He also teaches merger and acquisition litigation at Columbia Law School and frequently guest lectures at law schools throughout the country, including Stanford Law School and Harvard Law School.
Randy has received numerous accolades, including the Distinguished certification by Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been named a Leading Lawyer by Chambers USA, Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer, a Mergers & Acquisitions Trailblazer and a Winning Litigator by The National Law Journal, a Litigator of the Week and a Titan of the Industry by The American Lawyer, Lawyer of the Year and a Best Lawyer in America and Southern California by Best Lawyers®, a Leading Lawyer and to the Hall of Fame by The Legal 500, a Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer and one of the Leading Lawyers in America by Lawdragon, and a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. In addition, he has been named a Litigation Star, State Litigation Star, California Star, National Practice Area Star, and Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation. Recently, Randy was selected to become a Fellow of the Advisory Board of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of North American lawyers, judges, and scholars. He was also recently invited to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a membership that is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.
Randy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, graduating cum laude.
- Rated Distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell
- Lawyer of the Year: Derivatives and Futures Law, Best Lawyers®, 2023
- Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers®, 2019-2023
- Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer, Lawdragon, 2019-2022
- Hall of Fame, The Legal 500, 2020-2022
- Leading Lawyer, Chambers USA, 2016-2022
- Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2022
- Leading Lawyer in America, Lawdragon, 2011, 2017-2019, 2021-2022
- Southern California Best Lawyer, 2019-2021
- Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014-2016, 2018-2020
- National Practice Area Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2019-2020
- Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2018, 2020
- Leading Lawyer, The Legal 500, 2014-2019
- Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2016-2019
- California Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2019
- State Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2019
- Winning Litigator, The National Law Journal, 2018
- Titan of the Industry, The American Lawyer, 2018
- Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500, 2017
- Mergers & Acquisitions Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2015-2016
- Litigator of the Week, The American Lawyer, October 16, 2014
- Attorney of the Year, California Lawyer, 2012
- Litigator of the Week, The American Lawyer, October 7, 2011
- University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1990, cum laude
- University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A., 1987
- United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits
- 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 Michigan
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- Alaska Elec. Pension Fund v. CitiGroup, Inc. (In re WorldCom Sec. Litig.)
- Goldstein v. Denner (Bioverativ)
- In re Community Health Systems, Inc. S’holder Derivative Litig.
- In re Del Monte Foods Co. S’holders Litig.
- In re Dole Food Co., Inc. S’holder Litig.
- In re Kinder Morgan, Inc. S’holders Litig.
- In re Rural/Metro Corp. S’holders Litig.
- August 18, 2022
- “‘Illicit Manipulation’”: Trial Challenging Oracle’s $9.3 Billion Acquisition of NetSuite Begins in DelawareJuly 25, 2022
- The Legal 500 Ranks Robbins Geller Partners Leading Lawyers and Notes Firm’s “Strong Reputation as a Prominent Plaintiff Firm”June 16, 2022
- June 6, 2022
- May 25, 2022
- Partners Randall Baron and Spencer Burkholz Recognized as 2022 Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazers by The National Law JournalMay 24, 2022
- “Bailout” – In Closing Arguments of Tesla Trial, Partner Randy Baron Challenges Elon Musk’s Role in the Acquisition of SolarCityJanuary 18, 2022
- August 19, 2021
- May 26, 2021
- January 28, 2021
- Our Very Own Paul Geller (with his loyal sidekick Gary) Front and Center in Lawdragon’s “Leading Lawyers” Fifteenth Anniversary IssueDecember 18, 2020
- Robbins Geller Attorneys Named as 2021 Southern California Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers by Best Lawyers®November 16, 2020
- November 6, 2020
- August 25, 2020
- 6 Robbins Geller Female Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch List and 9 Attorneys Recognized as Best LawyersAugust 20, 2020
- Robbins Geller Ranked Tier 1 Firm and Several Partners Named Leading Lawyers and Next Generation Lawyers by The Legal 500June 11, 2020
- Robbins Geller and Attorneys Again Receive Band 1 Rankings and Called “Top-Flight Plaintiff Litigators” with a “Proven Track Record of Winning High-Value Settlements” by Chambers USAApril 23, 2020
- U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Names Robbins Geller a Best Law Firm in America for the Eighth Consecutive YearNovember 1, 2019
- October 3, 2019
- Masters of the Courtroom: Robbins Geller Partner Randall J. Baron Named as a 2018 Winning Litigator by The National Law JournalAugust 27, 2018
- May 3, 2018
- January 10, 2017
- September 26, 2016
- November 30, 2015
- August 27, 2015
- October 21, 2014
- Robbins Geller Obtains near $100 Million Judgment Against RBC Capital Markets, LLC on Behalf of Former Rural/Metro Corp. ShareholdersOctober 13, 2014
- May 5, 2014
- March 10, 2014
- February 21, 2012
- October 6, 2011
- Fellow, Advisory Board, Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation