14 Robbins Geller Attorneys Named 2017 NY Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 20, 2017

On September 20, 2017, Super Lawyers Magazine selected eight Robbins Geller attorneys as Super Lawyers and six attorneys as Rising Stars for the New York Metro area, bringing the total up to 14 recognized attorneys. Super Lawyers 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. 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 Magazine, as well as leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. A full description of the methodology behind Super Lawyers’ selection process can be found on their website.

Samuel RudmanDavid RosenfeldRobert RothmanMark Millkey, Joseph Russello, Mary Blasy, Evan Kaufman, and Alan Ellman have all been named 2017 Super Lawyers for the New York Metro area.

Named a Super Lawyer every year since 2007, Rudman is a founding partner of Robbins Geller and a member of its Executive and Management Committees. He manages the Firm’s two New York offices and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for shareholders. With 22 years of securities practice and experience as a former attorney with the SEC, he focuses on recognizing and investigating securities fraud and initiating securities and shareholder class actions to vindicate shareholder rights and recover shareholder losses. Some of his notable cases include a $129 million recovery in Doral Financial, an $85 million recovery in Blackstone, a $50 million recovery in TD Banknorth, a $48 million recovery in CVS Caremark, and a $34 million recovery in OSG.  Most recently, Rudman obtained a $55 million settlement in the Intercept Pharmaceuticals securities litigation. The settlement amounts to $27.5 million for each day in the class period, an amount that is unprecedented and represents a decisive victory for investors.

Rothman has extensive experience litigating cases involving investment fraud, consumer fraud and antitrust violations. He 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 actively represents shareholders in connection with going-private transactions and tender offers. For example, in connection with a tender offer made by Citigroup, Rothman secured an increase of more than $38 million over what was originally offered to shareholders. He also actively litigates consumer fraud cases, including a case alleging false advertising where the defendant agreed to a settlement valued in excess of $67 million. Rothman also lectures to institutional investors throughout the world on issues related to securities litigation, corporate governance and investor activism. This year marks the seventh time he has been named a Super Lawyer.

Marking the fourth consecutive year that he has been named a Super Lawyer, Rosenfeld has spent more than 15 years practicing in the areas of securities litigation and corporate takeover litigation. He recently obtained a $34.5 million recovery in Patel v. L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc., which represents a high percentage of damages that plaintiffs could reasonably expect to be recovered at trial and is more than eight times higher than the average settlement of cases with comparable investor losses. He also worked with Rudman in the $34 million recovery in OSG, which represented an outsized recovery of 93% of bond purchasers’ damages and 28% of stock purchasers’ damages. Additionally, Rosenfeld 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.

Millkey has been named a Super Lawyer for the past five years. He has vast experience in the areas of securities and consumer litigation, as well as in federal and state court appeals. In utilizing his writing background, Millkey ensures that the Firm’s submissions to court are persuasive and of the highest quality. As a result, 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. Millkey has 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.

Kaufman focuses his practice on complex litigation, including securities, corporate mergers and acquisitions, derivative, and consumer fraud class actions. He has served as lead counsel or played a serious role in many notable cases, including  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). Kaufman has received the Super Lawyer honor four times now.

In dedicating his career to holding corporate wrongdoers accountable for their malfeasance, Russello has played an integral role in litigating securities class actions whose successful resolution has returned millions of dollars to aggrieved investors.  He is currently litigating BHP Billiton Limited Securities Litigation with Millkey. His most notable cases include 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). Russello has been named a Super Lawyer for the past four years and was also recently named to the Law360 Securities Editorial Advisory Board.

This recognition marks the second year that Blasy has been named a Super Lawyer. She focuses her practice on the investigation, commencement, and prosecution of securities fraud class actions and shareholder derivative suits, and as a result 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). Most recently, Blasy has been working with Rudman on the complex Inovalon Holdings, Inc. litigation. Additionally, she has 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.

Ellman has been named a Rising Star twice, making 2017 the first time he has moved up into the Super Lawyer category. In concentrating on prosecuting complex securities fraud cases on behalf of institutional investors, he has been involved in a number of notable cases, including working with the team of attorneys who recovered in excess of $34 million for investors in In re OSG Sec. Litig. Additionally, Ellman received a Volunteer and Leadership Award from Housing Conservation Coordinators (HCC) for his pro bono service defending a client in Housing Court against a non-payment action, arguing an appeal before the Appellate Term, and staffing HCC’s legal clinic. 

Selected as a Rising Star for the fourth time, 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). 

Along with Alba, the other talented attorneys selected as 2017 Rising Stars for the New York Metro area are Erin BoardmanMichael CapeciWilliam GeddishRobert Gerson and Avital Malina.

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