Paul Geller Featured as Attorney of the Month
On April 28, 2017, Attorney At Law magazine published its newest issue, which features an in-depth interview with its Attorney of the Month, Robbins Geller founding partner Paul Geller. In highlighting Robbins Geller’s “pride in protecting investors and consumers from corporate fraud,” the publication calls the Firm the “largest plaintiffs’ class action firm in the world” and attributes some of that success to Geller’s strength in and out of the courtroom. The article covers a wide array of topics, from Geller’s start at representing defendants and his move to the plaintiffs’ side, to the record-breaking cases he has helped litigate and his passion for martial arts and love for his family.
The feature touches on Geller’s time with a reputable defense firm right after law school, where Geller represented the same types of companies he now litigates against. “I learned a great deal from some great trial lawyers, but from day one I felt I was on the wrong side of the v.,” Geller told Attorney At Law when discussing his decision to become a plaintiffs’ attorney. “The companies I defended almost always did what they were accused of doing. . . . Having done both, I’d choose to represent David over Goliath every time . . . . I like representing underdogs. I like standing up to bullies.”
Not only is Geller widely respected by his peers, who have called him “both a great co-counsel and a formidable adversary,” but by the court, as he was selected out of 150 lawyers to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in the massive Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions case. The San Francisco legal newspaper The Recorder labeled the group that was ultimately appointed, including Geller, a “class action dream team.” Granted final approval in October 2016, the settlement includes an unprecedented funding pool of $10.033 billion for affected consumers and $4.7 billion for environmental impact. At nearly $15 billion, the settlement is the largest consumer auto industry class action settlement in U.S. history.
Of the Firm’s many ongoing litigations, Attorney At Law pinpoints cases that reflect Geller’s penchant “to take on challenging class actions involving novel issues.” The publication specifically highlights an NHL case that the Firm is litigating on behalf of players who suffered concussions, as well as a “cutting-edge” case against Facebook’s use of facial recognition software and a high-profile Yahoo! case, which is set to become the largest data breach scandal ever. The publication also discusses the Trump University cases, which settled for $25 million just prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Robbins Geller represented the class on a pro bono basis, ensuring the maximum possible recovery for the class. “The case was about vulnerable consumers, many elderly, who we allege were defrauded. The timing of the election injected politics into a straightforward consumer fraud lawsuit,” Geller said, regarding the publicized nature of the case. “At the end, we felt that maximizing the class’s recovery and letting the defendant move on to Pennsylvania Avenue was more important than our fee. It was best for the class and the country.”
The article notes Robbins Geller’s success in achieving several of the largest recoveries in history, including the largest securities class action recovery ($7.2 billion – Enron) and the largest securities class action recovery following a trial ($1.575 billion – Household International). “I’m convinced that our willingness and ability to try cases helps us maximize results in every case,” said Geller when speaking to the Firm’s successes.
Just like so many publications before, Attorney At Law couldn’t interview Geller without talking about the one story that prevails over others, the story of when he “literally risked life and limb when he intervened to save a pregnant woman and her schnauzer from two attacking pit bulls.” As a competitive martial artist, Geller’s “decision to spring into action was spurred by the confidence developed over a lifetime of martial arts training.” The publication likens Geller’s fearlessness in litigation to his toughness in the dojo and even talked with Forrest Griffin, a former light heavyweight UFC champion. “I’ve known Paul a long time and the guy is tough as nails. I’m not saying he is tough for a lawyer. I’m saying he is tough, period,” said Griffin.
Though calling Geller’s practice busy is “an understatement,” the article ended by noting that “no matter how many trials or how much travel, . . . his first priority is and always will be his family.” Geller emphasized, “I want to be the best lawyer and partner I can be, but not at the expense of failing to be the best husband and father I can be.”
The Attorney At Law recognition is just one of many for Geller. He has not only been rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating available), but has also been twice named one of the nation’s top “40 Under 40” by The National Law Journal, and has been named one of “Florida’s Top Lawyers” by Law & Politics and South Florida Business Journal. Additionally, Geller has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in America by Lawdragon, one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine, and one of “Florida’s Most Effective Lawyers” by American Law Media’s Daily Business Review.