Robbins Geller Partners Named as Two of the Nation’s Top 500 Lawyers
National legal periodical Lawdragon has named Darren J. Robbins and Paul J. Geller, co-founders of Robbins Geller, to its list of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America. As stated by Lawdragon, attorneys were selected “after an intense vetting process in which more than 25,000 lawyers were considered.” The guide is a compendium of “the nation’s lawyers . . . who won the biggest verdicts and pulled off the biggest deals,” and represents less than 1% of the legal profession. Lawdragon's selection process is based on a combination of written submissions, online votes and editorial research.
Lawdragon praised Robbins as “[o]ne of the brightest stars in the securities class action bar.” Receiving the Lawdragon award for the seventh time, Robbins has also been named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers Shaping the Future” by the Daily Journal, one of the “Young Litigators 45 and Under” by The American Lawyer, and “Attorney of the Year” by California Lawyer. One of the hallmarks of his practice has been his focus on corporate governance reform. In the UnitedHealth case, a securities fraud class action arising out of an options backdating scandal, Robbins represented lead plaintiff CalPERS and was able to obtain the cancellation of more than 3.6 million stock options held by the company’s former CEO and secure a record $925 million cash recovery for shareholders. In addition, he obtained sweeping corporate governance reforms, including the election of a shareholder-nominated member to the company’s board of directors, a mandatory holding period for shares acquired via option exercise, and compensation reforms that tied executive pay to performance.
Geller receives the Lawdragon honor for the seventh time as well. 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 a majority of the securities class actions that have been filed in the southeastern United States in the past several years. Lawdragon commended Geller for being “involved in some of the country’s most high-profile class actions.” Throughout his career, Geller has remained deeply committed to legal remedies that result in better corporate governance reforms.
The Lawdragon award comes on the heels of numerous accolades conferred upon Robbins Geller this year, including a top ranking by The National Law Journal on the 2014 Plaintiffs’ Hot List, and being named a national Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” by U.S.News – Best Lawyers®, a Band 1 firm by Chambers USA, an “Elite Law Firm” by Forbes and a Top 15 Litigation Boutique by Vault, to name a few. Many of the Firm’s attorneys have received Super Lawyer honors as well, and just last month, U.S. News named partner Michael J. Dowd as one of America's Best Lawyers. These recognitions are yet another reason why Robbins Geller and its attorneys continue to be unrivaled in the securities litigation field.