Robbins Geller Named Partners All Recognized as Leading Lawyers in America by Lawdragon

April 22, 2016

Every year, Lawdragon publishes its elite list of the top 500 Leading Lawyers in America, and yet again, the founding partners of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP have been included. According to the national legal periodical, the top attorneys were selected “after an intense vetting process in which more than 25,000 lawyers were considered.” Darren J. RobbinsPaul J. GellerSamuel H. Rudman and Michael J. Dowd were among those chosen for the 2016 list through a combination of written submissions, editorial research and online votes.

Lawdragon has praised Robbins for being “[o]ne of the brightest stars in the securities class action bar,” and this year marks the tenth time he has been included on this list. 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, “Attorney of the Year” by California Lawyer, and has been selected as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine every year since 2013. Additionally, Chambers USA recognized Robbins as “a prominent figure in the field of securities litigation” and as “one of the leaders of the plaintiff Bar.”

Like Robbins, this year also marks the tenth time that Geller has appeared on the esteemed 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, Geller has served as lead or co-lead counsel in many of the nation's largest class actions. Indeed, Lawdragon has previously commended Geller for being “involved in some of the country’s most high-profile class actions.” Earlier this year, he was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the nationwide Volkswagen emissions cheating lawsuit pending in San Francisco. 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.

With over 20 years of securities practice backing him, this marks the first time that Rudman has been named to the Lawdragon list. Rudman’s practice focuses on recognizing and investigating securities fraud, and initiating securities and shareholder class actions to vindicate shareholder rights and recover shareholder losses. A former attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission, he has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for shareholders, including 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, most recently, a $48 million recovery in CVS Caremark. Rudman also speaks frequently on securities law matters and has been published in the New York Law Journal. For the last three years, he was recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers USA and a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation. Additionally, Rudman has been named a Super Lawyer for 10 consecutive years.

Dowd has been practicing securities litigation for nearly 20 years, prosecuting dozens of complex securities cases and obtaining significant recoveries for investors. This year marks the second time that Dowd has appeared in Lawdragon and is the newest in a long list of his accolades. 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, one of the Best Lawyers from U.S. News, a Top Lawyer from San Diego Magazine for the past three years, and a Super Lawyer from 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.

According to Geller, “It’s an honor to be recognized with my fellow partners. I’m so proud to be part of a firm with many of the best attorneys in the field, the resources to take on the most powerful corporations in the world, and the proven determination to take cases to trial.”

Lawdragon’s awards come on the heels of a successful year for Robbins Geller and its attorneys. Many of the Firm’s attorneys have been individually honored by such publications as The National Law JournalThe American LawyerChambers USABenchmark Litigation and Super Lawyers Magazine, among several others. These numerous recognitions are yet another reason why Robbins Geller and its attorneys continue to be unrivaled in the securities litigation field.

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