Benchmark Litigation Names Robbins Geller Partners Daniel Pfefferbaum, Maureen Mueller and Jason Alperstein to Its Under 40 Hotlist

August 2, 2017

Benchmark Litigation has named Robbins Geller partners Daniel Pfefferbaum, Maureen Mueller and Jason Alperstein to its second annual Under 40 Hotlist. The three attorneys, all aged 40 or younger, “have been deemed the most promising emerging talent in their respective litigation communities in the US and Canadian litigation community by peers and clients.”

Since 2008, Benchmark Litigation has been the only publication to focus exclusively on U.S. litigation. Rankings result from the culmination of a six-month research period, during which Benchmark researchers conduct thousands of interviews with litigators and their clients. Recent casework handled by the firms is examined, and sources are asked to offer their professional opinions on the attorneys practicing within their state or national practice areas. For more detailed information regarding Benchmark’s selection methodology, visit their official website

This year’s honor marks the second time that Pfefferbaum has been named to the list. He has recovered more than $100 million for individuals and institutional clients in complex securities fraud class actions across the country. He was “a key player in the litigation team that earned a historic recovery on a pro bono basis for Trump University students in two class actions against Donald Trump.” The settlement provides $25 million to approximately 7,000 consumers. He was also an integral member of the Robbins Geller litigation team in Garden City Emps.’ Ret. Sys. v. Psychiatric Sols., Inc. in which, after more than four years of litigation and on the eve of trial, he led shareholders to a $65 million recovery.

Marking the first time that Mueller has received the Under 40 Hotlist honor, the publication commended her for being “on the winning litigation team, which obtained final approval of a record-breaking $1.575 billion recovery in the securities class action for consumer finance business Household International.” Benchmark went on to say that “Mueller helped end the 14-year matter, which arose when shareholders alleged that Household stock was artificially inflated due to the hide of its poor lending practices and loan quality.” Mueller also served as co-lead counsel in Wachovia Preferred Securities and Bond/Notes Litig., securing a total recovery of $627 million for investors, one of the 15 largest securities class action recoveries in history. The recovery is also one of the biggest securities class action recoveries arising from the credit crisis. 

Also the first time that Alperstein has been recognized as an Under 40 Hotlist winner, Benchmark lauded him for “his work in his consumer class-action cases.” Specifically, the publication highlighted his work with named partner Paul Geller “on behalf of almost 600,000 consumers who were misled into purchasing and leasing Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles that were marketed as environmentally friendly, yet emitted toxic pollutants” in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, & Prods. Liab. Litig. Alperstein is currently litigating several other automotive cases, including Bledsoe v. FCA US LLC, in which he is working with a number of other firms on a case against FCA and Cummins, Inc. concerning Dodge Ram trucks that emit pollutants such as NOx emissions beyond legal limits and contrary to the representations made by defendants. He is also working with Geller again in Benkle v. Ford Motor Co., a case involving defective electronic throttle body units in Ford vehicles, and in In re Ford Fusion & C-MAX Fuel Economy Litig., representing automotive owners against Ford for false or misleading advertisements about certain Ford vehicles’ fuel efficiency. 

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