11 Robbins Geller Attorneys Named as Best Lawyers in America

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August 15, 2018

On August 15, 2018, Best Lawyers® selected 11 Robbins Geller attorneys for its 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, including Darren J. Robbins, Paul J. Geller and Michael J. Dowd. According to the publication, the attorneys were chosen based entirely on peer review, a method “designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.” For more information regarding the publication’s methodology, visit their website.

For the tenth consecutive year, Robbins was selected as a Best Lawyer in America in the areas of “Derivatives and Futures Law” and “Litigation – Securities.” Robbins has served as lead counsel in more than 100 securities class actions and has recovered billions of dollars for injured shareholders. One of the hallmarks of Robbins’ success has been his representation of lead plaintiff CalPERS in UnitedHealth Grp. Inc., where he successfully obtained the cancellation of more than 3.6 million stock options held by the company’s former CEO and secured a record $925 million cash recovery for shareholders. Recently, Robbins led a shareholder derivative action brought by several pension funds in Community Health Systems, Inc., which yielded a $60 million payment to Community Health Systems, as well as groundbreaking corporate governance reforms.

Geller has been chosen as a Best Lawyer in America in the area of “Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs” for the past three consecutive years and was recently named Lawyer of the Year for 2018. Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating available), Geller has obtained substantial recoveries for defrauded consumers and investors in each of the Firm’s practice areas and has served as lead or co-lead counsel in many of the nation’s largest class actions. For instance, he was selected to serve in a leadership position on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee on behalf of consumers in the massive Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions scandal, and he, along with the committee and government agencies, reached a settlement that yielded over $17 billion, the largest consumer class action settlement in history. Geller was also recently selected to serve in a leadership position on behalf of governmental entities and other plaintiffs in the sprawling litigation concerning the nationwide prescription opioid epidemic. In reporting on the selection of the lawyers to lead the case, The National Law Journal reported that “[t]he team reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ in mass torts.”

Practicing securities litigation for 20 years, Dowd is being recognized as a Best Lawyer in America in the “Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs” category for the fifth consecutive year. He has prosecuted dozens of complex securities cases, obtaining billions of dollars for investors. Dowd’s  most notable cases include UnitedHealth ($925 million recovery), WorldCom ($657 million recovery), AOL Time Warner ($629 million recovery), Qwest ($445 million recovery), and Pfizer Inc. ($400 million recovery). In addition, he recently served as lead trial counsel in Jaffe v. Household International, obtaining a $1.575 billion recovery – the largest ever following a securities fraud class action trial, the largest securities fraud settlement in the Seventh Circuit and the seventh-largest settlement ever in a post-PSLRA securities fraud case.

Selected to the Best Lawyers in America list for the past 14 consecutive years, Patrick J. Coughlin was again lauded in the area of “Commercial Litigation.” He has prosecuted several prominent securities class actions, including the Enron litigation, in which $7.2 billion was recovered; the Qwest litigation, in which a $445 million recovery was obtained; and the HealthSouth litigation, in which a $671 million recovery was obtained. Coughlin was most recently one of the lead attorneys who secured a historic recovery on behalf of Trump University students in two class actions against President Donald J. Trump, providing $25 million to approximately 7,000 consumers, and helped obtain a $96 million settlement with the five remaining financial firms in Alaska Electrical Pension Fund v. Bank of America Corp., an antitrust class action against 14 major banks and broker ICAP plc. He also recently represented investors in the ISDAfix Benchmark litigation, which to date has resulted in the recovery of more than $500 million on behalf of investors.

For the past two years, Spencer A. Burkholz has been selected as a Best Lawyer in the “Litigation – Securities” category. He has successfully prosecuted several high-profile securities class actions that resulted in historic recoveries for investors. Along with Dowd, he litigated the 14-year-long Household International case, and has also recovered billions of dollars for injured shareholders in cases such as Enron ($7.2 billion), WorldCom ($657 million), Countrywide ($500 million) and Qwest ($445 million). Burkholz has also been litigating Arkansas Teachers Ret. Sys. v. Goldman Sachs Grp., Inc., in which investors recently achieved class certification.

For the second year in a row, Travis E. Downs III was chosen as a Best Lawyer in the “Derivatives and Futures Law” category. He has litigated several notable complex shareholder derivative actions, including In re Marvell Tech. Grp. Ltd. Derivative Litig., in which he helped secure $54 million in financial relief and extensive corporate governance enhancements. Downs also secured a $250 million settlement in In re Google, Inc. Derivative Litig., an action alleging that Google facilitated the improper advertising of prescription drugs. Recently, Downs worked with Robbins in Community Health Sys., Inc. to obtain $60 million in financial relief and unprecedented corporate governance reforms.

David W. Mitchell, selected as a Best Lawyer in the “Litigation – Antitrust” category, is also receiving this honor for the second consecutive year. Mitchell focuses his practice on both antitrust and securities fraud litigation and has served as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous cases, helping to achieve substantial settlements for shareholders. He has litigated cases such as Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners, LLC, obtaining more than $590 million for shareholders, and In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litig. Along with Coughlin, he most recently represented investors in the ISDAfix Benchmark litigation.

Marking the second time he has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America, Dennis J. Herman is honored in the “Litigation – Securities” category. Herman has repeatedly achieved substantial recoveries for wronged investors, including cases against Massey Energy Co. ($265 million recovery), Coca-Cola Company ($137 million recovery), VeriSign Corp. ($78 million recovery), Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. ($65 million recovery), St. Jude Medical, Inc. ($50 million recovery) and NorthWestern Corp. ($40 million recovery), to name a few. He is currently litigating Stoyas v. Toshiba Corp., which alleges that Toshiba committed accounting fraud by misrepresenting its financial condition to investors.

Lastly, this year marks the first time that partners Daniel S. Drosman, Randall J. Baron and Jason A. Forge have been selected as Best Lawyers in America. Selected as Best Lawyer in the “Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions – Plaintiffs” category, Drosman has obtained significant recoveries for investors. Along with Dowd and Burkholz, Drosman obtained a record-breaking $1.575 billion recovery in Jaffe v. Household International. Additionally, he helped secure $77 million in the Cheyne litigation, a settlement described by Reuters as a “landmark” deal. Drosman also helped obtain the largest recovery ever achieved in an RMBS class action, recovering $388 million for investors in Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Baron, named a Best Lawyer in the “Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions” category, has been responsible for recovering billions for shareholders for nearly two decades. Most notably, Baron recovered $200 million in In re Kinder Morgan, Inc. S’holders Litig., the largest merger & acquisition class action recovery in history; $148 million In re Dole Food Co., Inc. Stockholder Litig., the largest trial verdict ever in a class action challenging a merger transaction; and $110 million for shareholders in In re Rural/Metro Corp. Stockholders Litig., the largest damages award ever obtained against an investment bank for its role as a merger adviser, to name a few. He is currently litigating Hering v. Rite Aid Corp., which recently survived defendants’ motions to dismiss.

Forge, who was named a Best Lawyer in the “Litigation – Securities” category, specializes in complex investigations, litigation and trials. He has been successful in defeating motions to dismiss and obtaining class certification against several prominent defendants, including the first securities fraud case against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the first federal RICO case against Scotts Miracle-Gro. Forge worked with Coughlin, and partner Rachel Jensen, to secure a historic recovery on behalf of Trump University students in two class actions against President Donald J. Trump. He also helped to obtain a $400 million recovery against Pfizer Inc., a case that settled on the eve of trial.

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