Daily Journal Names Three Robbins Geller Partners as Top Women Lawyers
On May 24, 2017, the Daily Journal named Robbins Geller partners Debra Wyman, Rachel Jensen and Maureen Mueller as Top Women Lawyers. The annual award recognizes the top women attorneys in California making a significant impact with excellent leadership and lawyering skills. All three of the honored attorneys have successfully prosecuted several high-profile class actions that resulted in landmark recoveries.
“Wyman is known for her aggressive lawyering, tenacity and hard work,” notes the publication in highlighting Wyman, adding that she has “litigated cases against public companies in state and federal courts, resulting in more than $1 billion in securities fraud recoveries.” Wyman was one of the lead attorneys who “successfully appealed to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals twice, reversing the district court’s dismissal of the [Dana] action.” The case, Plumbers & Pipefitters Nat’l Pension Fund v. Burns, resulted in a $64 million recovery for the class after 11 years of hard-fought litigation. “It was sort of the little case that could. No one really expected anything of that case,” Wyman told the Daily Journal. “At every turn, we just kept plugging away. And at the end of the day, we got back for our class members 25 to 30 percent of their money before the company went bankrupt.” She was also on the litigation team that obtained a $215 million recovery in HCA Holdings, Inc., the largest securities class action recovery ever in Tennessee, and $671 million in HealthSouth Corp., one of the largest and longest-running corporate frauds in history.
Jensen has “played a key role in recovering billions of dollars for individuals, government entities and businesses injured by fraudulent schemes, anti-competitive conduct and hazardous products,” notes the publication. As one of the lead attorneys who secured a historic recovery on behalf of Trump University students in two class actions against President Donald J. Trump, Jensen aided in providing $25 million to approximately 7,000 consumers. By litigating the case pro bono, she ensured that individual class members will be eligible for upwards of $35,000 in restitution, which is more than half their money back and a full refund in some cases. “Obtaining a unanimous jury verdict against the president-elect would have been no easy feat, but we were prepared to go to trial,” Jensen said. “It's an unprecedented settlement that caps off an unprecedented case.” Additionally, she served as co-lead counsel in City of Westland Police & Fire Ret. Sys. v. Stumpf, obtaining a groundbreaking $67 million settlement of the shareholder derivative suit involving Wells Fargo & Co.
In commending Mueller for successfully prosecuting “several high-profile securities class actions that resulted in record-breaking recoveries [which] has helped recover more than $3 billion for investors,” the Daily Journal highlighted her work in the 14-year-long Jaffe v. Household Int’l, Inc. Having begun working on the case as a junior associate, Mueller became one of the lead attorneys on the case and helped secure final approval of a record-breaking $1.575 billion settlement, which is the largest securities class action recovery following a trial, the largest securities fraud settlement in the Seventh Circuit and the seventh-largest settlement ever in a post-PSLRA securities fraud case. “What I find so inspiring and fulfilling about that case was the ability to see it through to the end, after 14 years of litigation. It was extremely hard-fought litigation,” Mueller said. “To finally have a recovery for the class and to be part of that for more than half of the 14 years that the case was litigated was just a really great opportunity.” 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. Additionally, she was a member of the team responsible for recovering over $925 million for investors in the UnitedHealth litigation, the largest recovery arising out of the options backdating scandal.
This honor comes on the heels of Robbins Geller and its attorneys receiving numerous accolades from various professional organizations and the media, including the Daily Journal naming Robbins Geller partner Daniel J. Pfefferbaum to its “Top 40 Under 40” list for 2017. Recently, nine Firm attorneys were recognized as “Top Lawyers in San Diego” by San Diego Magazine, and Robbins Geller was again named one of the nation’s top Securities Practice Groups of the Year by Law360 and was selected out of 35 finalists as the Elite Trial Lawyers Securities winner by The National Law Journal. Additionally, Chambers USA named the Firm a Band I firm, the highest rating available. Benchmark Litigation also honored Robbins Geller as one of the Top 10 Plaintiff Firms in America, as a “Highly Recommended” plaintiffs firm in California for 2017, and recognized several of the Firm’s partners as Litigation Stars, Top Litigators Under 40, and Future Stars.