Robbins Geller’s Jerry Martin and Christopher Wood Named 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer and Rising Star
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This year marks the second time that Martin has received the Super Lawyer recognition. He has been recognized as a national leader in combatting fraud and has addressed numerous groups and associations, such as Taxpayers Against Fraud and the National Association of Attorneys General. Martin was recently part of the team that successfully obtained a $2.71 million settlement to resolve whistleblower allegations of Medicare billing fraud in the Innovative Therapies case. Along with a team of Robbins Geller attorneys, including Wood, Martin also obtained a $65 million recovery in the securities class action lawsuit Garden City Employees’ Retirement System v. Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. The result represents the third largest securities recovery ever in the Middle District of Tennessee and the largest in more than a decade. Prior to joining the Firm, Martin served as the presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee from May 2010 to April 2013. As U.S. Attorney, he made prosecuting financial, tax and healthcare fraud a top priority.
Marking the sixth time that Wood has received the Rising Star recognition, he has been a member of numerous litigation teams responsible for recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for investors in Tennessee, as well as across the globe. In addition to Psychiatric Solutions, Wood also helped achieve a $265 million recovery for shareholders in In re Massey Energy Co. Sec. Litig., an action alleging that Massey’s executives made false and misleading statements regarding its commitment to safety prior to the tragic Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster. Wood was also a key member of the litigation team that successfully obtained a $95 million recovery in In re VeriFone Holdings, Inc. Sec. Litig., one of the largest securities class action settlements ever achieved in the Northern District of California.