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12 Robbins Geller Attorneys selected to the 2015 Super Lawyers New York Metro Edition 

September 16, 2015

Super Lawyers, an affiliate of Thomson Reuters, has selected 12 Robbins Geller attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for the New York Metro area. The magazine recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves for their high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in their legal practices. Each year, no more than 5% of lawyers are honored as Super Lawyers and 2.5% are named as Rising Stars in each state. The annual selection is made through a statewide survey of lawyers, independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews within each practice area. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Each of the Robbins Geller attorneys selected as Super Lawyers has achieved significant victories in the realm of securities litigation and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for investors.

Samuel H. Rudman, a founding partner of the Firm and member of its Executive and Management Committees, manages the Firm’s two New York offices.  Rudman’s 20-year securities practice focuses on recognizing and investigating securities fraud, and initiating securities and shareholder class actions to vindicate shareholder rights and recover shareholder losses.  A former attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Rudman has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for shareholders, including a $200 million recovery in Motorola, and a $129 million recovery in In re Doral Fin. Sec. Litig.

Robert M. Rothman has served as lead counsel in numerous class actions alleging violations of securities laws, including cases against First BanCorp ($74.25 million recovery), Spiegel ($17.5 million recovery), NBTY ($16 million recovery), and The Children’s Place ($12 million recovery). Rothman has extensive experience litigating cases involving investment fraud, consumer fraud and antitrust violations. He also lectures to institutional investors throughout the world on issues related to securities litigation, corporate governance and investor activism.

David A. Rosenfeld has been appointed as lead counsel in dozens of securities fraud lawsuits and has successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for defrauded shareholders. He recently secured a settlement of $70 million in the securities class action on behalf of investors in Credit Suisse Grp. and was also appointed as lead counsel in the securities fraud lawsuit against First BanCorp, which provided shareholders with a $74.25 million recovery. Additionally, he served as lead counsel in In re Aramark Corp. S’holders Litig., which resulted in a $222 million increase in consideration paid to shareholders of Aramark and a dramatic reduction to management’s voting power in connection with shareholder approval of the going-private transaction (reduced from 37% to 3.5%).

Evan J. Kaufman has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for class members in high-profile class actions in federal and state courts around the nation.  Recent notable cases include 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); and EnergySolutions, Inc. Sec. Litig. ($26 million recovery).

Mark T. Millkey has significant experience in the areas of securities and consumer litigation, as well as in federal and state court appeals.  With a background in writing, he ensures that the Firm’s submissions to court are persuasive and of the highest quality.  He has written scores of briefs in cases that have collectively resulted in billions of dollars in recoveries for the victims of securities and consumer fraud.

Mark S. Reich concentrates his practice in corporate takeover, ERISA, breach of fiduciary duty, derivative and consumer litigation matters. Reich’s notable achievements in the area of unfair merger and acquisitions include In re Aramark Corp. S’holders Litig. (resulting in a $222 million increase in consideration paid to shareholders of Aramark and a substantial reduction to management’s voting power – from 37% to 3.5% – in connection with the approval of the going-private transaction); In re Delphi Fin. Grp. S’holders Litig. ($49 million post-merger settlement for Class A Delphi shareholders); and In re TD Banknorth S’holders Litig (played a significant role in raising the inadequacy of the $3 million initial settlement, which the court rejected as wholly inadequate, and later resulted in a vastly increased $50 million recovery). 

Joseph Russello has dedicated his career to holding corporate wrongdoers accountable for their malfeasance and ensuring that investors’ interests are not marginalized in mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions.  Russello has played an integral role in litigating securities class actions whose successful resolution has returned millions of dollars to aggrieved investors, including those of NBTY, Inc. ($16 million settlement); LaBranche & Co., Inc. ($13 million settlement); The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc. ($12 million settlement) and Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. ($11 million settlement).

A diverse list of talented Robbins Geller associates have been selected as Rising Stars. Each of these attorneys possesses an impressive educational background and has worked on a variety of complex securities, consumer and breach of fiduciary duty class actions, as well as shareholder derivative lawsuits that have resulted in millions of dollars for defrauded shareholders. The Robbins Geller New York Metro Rising Stars are Erin W. Boardman, Michael G. Capeci, Alan I. Ellman, William J. Geddish and Avital O. Malina.

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