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13 Robbins Geller Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2016

September 21, 2016

Thirteen Robbins Geller attorneys have been selected as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for the New York Metro area by Super Lawyers Magazine. As an affiliate of Thomson Reuters, the publication 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 just 2.5% are named 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, as well as in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. A full description of the methodology behind the selection process can be found on their website.

Year after year, Samuel Rudman, David Rosenfeld, Robert Rothman, Mark Millkey, Mark Reich and Joseph Russello are recognized as Super Lawyers. This year is the first time Mary Blasy has been recognized in the category.

As a founding partner of Robbins Geller and member of its Executive and Management Committees, Samuel Rudman manages the Firm’s two New York offices. His 22-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 SEC, Rudman has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for shareholders. Some of his notable cases include a $200 million recovery in Motorola, a $129 million recovery in Doral Financial, an $85 million recovery in Blackstone, a $74 million recovery in First BanCorp, a $65 million recovery in Forest Labs, a $50 million recovery in TD Banknorth, and a $48 million recovery in CVS Caremark.

Robert Rothman has served as lead counsel in numerous class actions alleging violations of securities laws, including cases against First BanCorp ($74.25 million recovery), CVS ($48 million recovery), Popular, Inc. ($37.5 million recovery) and iStar Financial, Inc. ($29 million recovery). He 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.

For more than 15 years, David Rosenfeld has focused his practice of law in the areas of securities litigation and corporate takeover litigation. Most recently, he led the Robbins Geller team in recovering in excess of $34 million for investors in Overseas Shipholding Group, which represented an outsized recovery of 93% of bond purchasers’ damages and 28% of stock purchasers’ damages. The creatively structured settlement included more than $15 million paid by a bankrupt entity. Rosenfeld has also achieved remarkable recoveries against companies in the financial industry, including a $70 million recovery in the securities class action on behalf of investors in Credit Suisse Grp. and a $74.25 million recovery in the securities fraud lawsuit against First BanCorp. Additionally, he settled claims against Barclays for $14 million, or 20% of investors’ damages, for statements made about its LIBOR practices.

Mark 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. Additionally, Millkey worked on a major consumer litigation against MetLife that resulted in a benefit to the class of approximately $1.7 billion, as well as a securities class action against Royal Dutch/Shell that settled for a minimum cash benefit to the class of $130 million and a contingent value of more than $180 million.

Concentrating his practice on challenging unfair mergers and acquisitions in courts throughout the country, Mark 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. He has played an integral role in litigating securities class actions whose successful resolution has returned millions of dollars to aggrieved investors, including those of Blackstone ($85 million); 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).

Focusing her practice on the investigation, commencement, and prosecution of securities fraud class actions and shareholder derivative suits, Mary Blasy has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for investors. Some of her most notable cases include Coca-Cola Co. ($137.5 million), Reliance Acceptance Corp. ($66 million); Sprint Corp. ($50 million); Martha Stewart Omni-Media, Inc. ($30 million); and Titan Corporation ($15+ million). She has also been responsible for prosecuting numerous complex shareholder derivative actions against corporate malefactors to address violations of the nation’s securities, environmental and labor laws, obtaining corporate governance enhancements valued by the market in the billions of dollars.

Selected as a Rising Star, partner Mario Alba has served as lead counsel in numerous cases and is responsible for initiating, investigating, researching, and filing securities and consumer fraud class actions. He has recovered millions of dollars in numerous actions, including cases against NBTY, Inc. ($16 million), OSI Pharmaceuticals ($9 million recovery), and PXRe Group, Ltd. ($5.9 million).  Alba's practice also focuses on advising institutional investors, including public and multi-employer pension funds, on issues related to corporate fraud in the U.S. securities markets. He is a frequent lecturer on securities fraud, shareholder litigation, and options for institutional investors seeking to recover losses caused by securities and/or accounting fraud.

Along with Alba, the other talented attorneys selected as Rising Stars this year include Erin Boardman, Michael Capeci, William Geddish, Robert Gerson and Avital Malina.

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