Best Lawyers® Recognizes Robbins Geller Attorneys as Best Lawyers in America and Darren Robbins as a Lawyer of the Year for 2017

August 17, 2016

Best Lawyers® selected Darren J. Robbins, Paul J. Geller, Michael J. Dowd and Patrick J. Coughlin to its “2017 Best Lawyers in America” list. Additionally, Robbins was recognized as a “2017 Lawyer of the Year.” The “Best Lawyers in America” are selected based on peer review of leading lawyers regarding the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same location and legal practice area. “Lawyer of the Year” is then determined based on individual attorneys who have the “highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location.” Only one attorney per specialty and location receive the “Lawyer of the Year” accolade. For more information regarding Best Lawyers’ methodology, visit their website.

Chosen for his work in “Litigation – Securities” and “Derivatives and Futures Law,” Robbins was first honored in the “Best Lawyers in America” list in 2010 and is receiving it for the eighth consecutive year. The “2017 Lawyer of the Year” recognition is in the area of “Litigation – Securities.” As a founding partner at the Firm, Robbins has had a string of successful settlements, including the recent $272 million recovery for investors in NECA-IBEW Health & Welfare Fund v. Goldman Sachs & Co., which successfully concluded one of the last remaining MBS purchaser class actions arising out of the global financial crisis, and the $215 million recovery in Schuh v. HCA Holdings, Inc., the largest securities class action recovery ever in Tennessee. Also, in the UnitedHealth case, he crafted critical corporate governance reforms in addition to securing a record $925 million recovery for shareholders. Robbins has been named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers Shaping the Future” by the Daily Journal, one of the “Leading Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon and “Attorney of the Year” by California Lawyer.

Geller was recognized in the “Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs” category, making it his first appearance on the list. Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating available) and twice named one of the nation’s top “40 Under 40” by The National Law Journal, the founding partner has served as lead or co-lead counsel in many of the nation's largest class actions. Earlier this year, he was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the nationwide Volkswagen emissions cheating lawsuit, which is pending in San Francisco. This notable appointment came after a record-setting application process in which over 150 attorneys applied for a leadership position. Subject to court approval, the Volkswagen settlement, which includes a funding pool of up to $10.033 billion for affected consumers (plus $4.7 billion for environmental impact), will be the largest consumer auto industry class action settlement in U.S. history. Geller has also been named one of “Florida’s Top Lawyers” by Law & Politics and South Florida Business Journal, one of the nation’s “Top 500 Lawyers” by Lawdragon, one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine, and one of “Florida’s Most Effective Lawyers” by American Law Media’s Daily Business Review

First recognized as a “Best Lawyer” in 2015 (and again in 2016), founding partner Dowd was honored in the category of “Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs.” Practicing securities litigation for 20 years, Dowd has prosecuted dozens of complex securities cases and obtained billions of dollars for investors, including in UnitedHealth ($925 million), WorldCom ($657 million), AOL Time Warner ($629 million), Qwest ($445 million), Pfizer, Inc. ($400 million) and, most recently, Household International ($1.575 billion). He has been named “Attorney of the Year” by California Lawyer, one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” by the Daily Journal, “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer, a “Top Lawyer” by San Diego Magazine for the past three years, and a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine for the last six consecutive years. Also, the National Association of Corporate Directors named Dowd to their “Directorship 100” in NACD Directorship magazine, which recognizes those individuals who have had a profound impact and the greatest influence on corporate governance.

Formerly an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Coughlin has been named to the list every year since 2006, and this year it was for his work in “Commercial Litigation.” Prominent securities class actions prosecuted by Coughlin include 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. In addition to his securities cases, he recently obtained a $590.5 million recovery in the Private Equity antitrust case, Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners, LLC, the largest class action antitrust settlement ever in which no civil or criminal government antitrust action was taken. Coughlin has been named an “Antitrust Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal, one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” by the Daily Journal and a “Top Lawyer” in San Diego by San Diego Magazine.

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