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Robbins Geller Again Awarded Band 1 Rankings for Its “Excellent Track Record” from Chambers USA 

April 25, 2019

For the tenth consecutive year, Chambers USA again recognized Robbins Geller with several Band 1 rankings, the highest available rating, for having “an excellent record of high-value recoveries for clients including institutional investors, financial institutions and pension funds.” The Firm achieved the ranking in the area of “Securities: Litigation: Mainly Plaintiff” nationwide, as well as in the areas of “Litigation: Mainly Plaintiff” and “Litigation: Securities Mainly Plaintiff” for California. Robbins Geller was additionally ranked highly in the “Litigation: Securities Mainly Plaintiff” for New York. 

Chambers lauded the Firm for being “[w]idely respected as a top-notch plaintiff firm with considerable strength in the class action space” and having “several former prosecutors among its roster of trial attorneys, with deep expertise in trial and appellate litigation.” The publication quoted several commentators as describing Robbins Geller as a “top-tier plaintiffs' firm” and a “strong player in the securities litigation market.” Further, Robbins Geller attorneys were lauded for representing “quality at every level” and being “really, really good at what they do and very professional.”

Robbins Geller attorneys Darren RobbinsSamuel Rudman and Randall Baron were individually recognized for their work in securities litigation, while Lea Bays was recognized for her work in e-discovery.

Commended in the California category, this recognition marks the sixth consecutive year that Darren Robbins has been recognized by Chambers. The publication noted that he is regarded as “one of the best plaintiff-side litigators around” and is “known for his strong track record in securities class actions, with peers describing him as ‘a force to be reckoned with in the securities practice.’ He is also described . . . as ‘a really smart guy’ and ‘a very smart advocate.’” Over the last two decades, Darren has served as lead counsel in more than 100 securities class actions and has recovered billions of dollars for defrauded shareholders. Notably, Darren led a shareholder derivative action brought by several pension funds on behalf of Community Health Systems, Inc., which yielded a $60 million payment to Community Health (the largest recovery ever in a shareholder derivative action in Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit), as well as groundbreaking corporate governance reforms.

Also receiving the top rating for the sixth consecutive year, Sam Rudman “offers a wealth of experience acting for plaintiffs in securities fraud actions.” The publication also noted that he “comes recommended as an ‘outstanding’ lawyer who is ‘top when it comes to deal-making and positioning a case.’” A former attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Sam has practiced securities litigation for more than 20 years. He has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for shareholders, including a $200 million recovery in Motorola, a $129 million recovery in Doral Financial and an $85 million recovery in Blackstone. Sam also obtained a $55 million recovery in the Intercept Pharmaceuticals securities litigation, amounting to $27.5 million for each day in the class period – an amount that is unprecedented and represents a decisive victory for investors. 

Marking the fourth consecutive year that Randy Baron has been recognized by Chambers, he is described by his peers as among “the most important plaintiffs' lawyers in the country in the M&A space.” Chambers noted that Baron “is especially knowledgeable about breach of fiduciary duty” and quoted a source as saying, “He knows the law so well and he knows how to try a case.” For almost two decades, Randy has worked to advance the practice of shareholder merger and acquisition litigation to achieve substantial monetary recoveries for shareholders. Not only did Randy help obtain $148 million for shareholders in the Dole Food case, the largest trial verdict ever in a class action challenging a merger transaction, he also served as co-lead counsel in the Rural/Metro case, leading former shareholders to a rare victory of nearly $100 million in an award against Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets LLC (RBC), which had acted as financial advisor to Rural/Metro’s lowball buyout. Randy was also involved in the record-breaking Kinder Morgan case, which yielded a $200 million recovery for investors, the largest M&A class action recovery in history. 

Marking the first year that Lea Bays has been recognized by Chambers USA, she “offers plaintiffs comprehensive e-discovery counsel in a wide array of contentious proceedings.” The publication commended her for being “held in high regard by [interviewees], one of whom reports: ‘She is passionate, hard-working, focused and has done great work.’” Lea not only focuses on e-discovery issues, from preservation through production, but she also provides counsel to the Firm’s multi-disciplinary, e-discovery team consisting of attorneys, forensic analysts and database professionals. She is a member of the San Diego ESI Forum Steering Committee, which puts on monthly CLE programs on e-discovery, and the Advisory Board for the ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference, which focuses on the practical and cutting-edge issues affecting electronic information, information governance and data analytics. Most recently, Lea was appointed to the Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Steering Committee, which works to develop principles, guidance, and best practice recommendations for information governance and electronic discovery in the context of litigation, dispute resolution and investigations.

Chambers & Partners identifies the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in over 180 jurisdictions throughout the world. Its annual publication, Chambers USA, ranks the attorneys and law firms that have a global presence and are widely considered to be the nation’s best in their areas of practice. Chambers rankings range between Band 1 and Band 6 for each area of law, with Band 1 being the highest ranking a firm and/or individual lawyer can receive. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. The editors speak to both attorneys and clients, conducting in-depth interviews, and also take into account information submitted by law firms, which allows them a wide-range of material on which to base their rankings. For more on Chambers USA’s methodology, visit its website.

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