Lawdragon Names Five Robbins Geller Partners as Leading Lawyers in America
On April 27, 2017, Lawdragon once again recognized several Robbins Geller partners as Leading Lawyers in America. Every year, the publication combs through a combination of written submissions, editorial research and online votes in an “intense vetting process in which more than 25,000 lawyers [are] considered.” Darren J. Robbins, Paul J. Geller, Samuel H. Rudman, Randall J. Baron and Rachel L. Jensen are among those honored for 2017.
In the past, Lawdragon has commended Robbins for being “[o]ne of the brightest stars in the securities class action bar,” and this year marks the 11th time he has been included on this list. Robbins has been recognized as one of the nation’s top securities litigators by numerous organizations and publications, including being named California Lawyer Attorney of the Year. Best Lawyers has named him Best Lawyer in America for the last eight years and also named him Lawyer of the Year for 2017. Additionally, Robbins has been named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers Shaping the Future” by the Daily Journal and one of the “Young Litigators 45 and Under” by The American Lawyer. The American Lawyer commended him for helping “set the pace for [his] peers,” and Chambers USA called him “a prominent figure in the field of securities litigation” and “one of the leaders of the plaintiff Bar.”
Like Robbins, this is the 11th time Geller has been selected as a Leading Lawyer. Lawdragon has previously commended Geller for being “involved in some of the country’s most high-profile class actions.” 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, Geller has served as lead or co-lead counsel in many of the nation's largest class actions. Geller was selected to serve in a leadership position on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee on behalf of consumers in the massive Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions scandal, and he, along with the committee and government agencies, reached a settlement that yielded $16 billion, the largest consumer class action in history. Geller and his colleagues on that case have been referred to in the legal and financial press as a class action “Dream Team.” Throughout his career, Geller has also remained deeply committed to legal remedies that result in better corporate governance reforms.
Marking the second time that he has been named a Leading Lawyer, Rudman has practiced securities litigation for more than 20 years and is a former attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for shareholders, including a $200 million recovery in Motorola, a $129 million recovery in Doral Financial, an $85 million recovery in Blackstone, a $74 million recovery in First BanCorp, a $65 million recovery in Forest Labs, a $50 million recovery in TD Banknorth, and a $48 million recovery in CVS Caremark, to name a few. Not only does Rudman speak frequently on securities law matters, he has also been published in the New York Law Journal and has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers USA and a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation.
Like Rudman, this is the second time Baron has been selected as a Leading Lawyer. Baron has worked to advance the practice of shareholder merger and acquisition litigation to achieve substantial monetary recoveries for shareholders for almost two decades. The National Law Journal noted that “[t]he top 15 settlements in this area have all been since 2002, and [Baron and the Firm have] been involved in 10 of them, including the largest,” Kinder Morgan, which yielded a $200 million recovery, the largest M&A class action recovery in history. Baron has also received numerous accolades, including being named Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer, a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer, a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500, a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine and twice named a Mergers & Acquisitions Trailblazer by The National Law Journal.
Jensen is recognized for the first time this year. She has played a key role in recovering billions of dollars for individuals and was 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. She represented the class on a pro bono basis, ensuring that the $25 million settlement provides significant recoveries to individual class members. Jensen was a Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in 2015 and has been named a Super Lawyer every year since, and has also received local recognition and commendation for her human rights work.
“I am honored to be recognized with my fellow partners,” said Geller. “Robbins Geller houses many uniquely talented attorneys, and I am proud to work alongside them at a firm that has the determination and ability to take the most challenging cases to trial and recover tens of billions of dollars for defrauded investors and consumers around the world.”