Nine Robbins Geller Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 8, 2017

Super Lawyers Magazine has yet again selected several Robbins Geller attorneys to its list of Florida Super Lawyers. This year, two attorneys have been named Super Lawyers and seven have been named Rising Stars.

An affiliate of Thomson Reuters, the magazine recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves for their high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in their legal practices. Each year, no more than 5% of lawyers are honored as Super Lawyers, and 2.5% are named as Rising Stars in each state. The annual selection is made through a statewide survey of lawyers, independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews within each practice area. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazine, as well as leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. A full description of the methodology behind Super Lawyers’ selection process can be found on their website.

Paul Geller and Mark Dearman were both selected as Super Lawyers for 2017, making this Geller’s eleventh consecutive year receiving the honor and Dearman’s fourth consecutive year. 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 over $17 billion, the largest consumer class action settlement in history. Dearman is also rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized in the top 1.5% of Florida Civil Trial Lawyers, as published in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite. He is currently serving as a lead counsel in In re National Hockey League Players’ Concussion Injury Litig., a consolidated class action lawsuit brought on behalf of several former NHL players alleging that the NHL engaged in a decades-long plan to conceal from the players the risks of concussions and developing serious brain diseases from playing hockey in the NHL.  

The Robbins Geller partners selected as 2017 Florida Rising Stars include Robert Robbins, who has received the award for the third consecutive year. Robbins has been a member of litigation teams responsible for the successful prosecution of many securities and consumer class actions, including Hospira ($60 million recovery), CVS Caremark ($48 million recovery) and R.H. Donnelley ($25 million recovery), to name a few. This is the second time that Elizabeth Shonson has received the Florida Rising Star recognition, being recognized for litigating numerous securities fraud class actions nationwide and helping achieve significant recoveries for aggrieved investors, such as In re Massey Energy Co. Sec. Litig. ($265 million) and Nieman v. Duke Energy Corp. ($146.25 million recovery)Jason Alperstein is receiving the title for the fourth time for his work in consumer class action cases, including the high-profile Volkswagen case, in which he was chosen to work closely with Geller. This year marks the third time that Maureen Mueller has been named a Rising Star, coming on the heels of other recognitions this year, including being named a Top Women Lawyer by the Daily Journal and a Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500 for her work in recovering a record-breaking $1.575 billion recovery after 14 years of litigation in Jaffe v. Household Int’l, Inc. Associates Kathleen Douglas, Constantine Economides and Sabrina Tirabassi were also named 2017 Florida Rising Stars.

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