14 Robbins Geller Attorneys Honored as New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2019 

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September 12, 2019

On September 12, 2019, Super Lawyers Magazine selected nine Robbins Geller attorneys as Super Lawyers and five attorneys as Rising Stars for the New York Metro area, commending them for distinguishing themselves for their “high degree of peer recognition” and “professional achievement” in their respective fields.

Samuel RudmanRobert RothmanDavid RosenfeldMark Millkey, Joseph RusselloEvan KaufmanAlan Ellman, Francis Karam, and Mary Blasy have all been named 2019 Super Lawyers for the New York Metro area.

Samuel Rudman has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2007. He is a founding partner of Robbins Geller, a member of its Executive and Management Committees, and he manages the Firm’s two New York offices. With 26 years of securities practice experience and time spent as a former attorney with the SEC, Sam focuses on recognizing and investigating securities fraud and initiating securities and shareholder class actions to vindicate shareholder rights and recover shareholder losses. Sam has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for shareholders, including a $200 million recovery in Motorola, a $129 million recovery in Doral Financial, an $85 million recovery in Blackstone, a $50 million recovery in TD Banknorth, a $48 million recovery in CVS Caremark, and a $34 million recovery in OSG. Sam also obtained a $55 million settlement in the Intercept Pharmaceuticals securities litigation. The settlement amounts 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 eighth time that he has been named a Super Lawyer, Robert Rothman has extensive experience litigating cases involving investment fraud, consumer fraud, and antitrust violations. He lectures to institutional investors throughout the world and has served as lead counsel on behalf of consumers and investors in numerous class actions where he has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars, including cases against First Bancorp ($74.25 million recovery), CVS ($48 million recovery), Popular, Inc. ($37.5 million recovery), and iStar Financial, Inc. ($29 million recovery). Most recently, Robert is litigating In re Am. Realty Capital Props., Inc. Litig., a case alleging an accounting fraud scheme in which American Realty allegedly falsified its reported operating performance and/or financial statements for every reporting period since it went public in 2011. The fraud also resulted in the termination or resignation of all five of the company’s most senior executives and the majority of the members of its board of directors.

David Rosenfeld has been named a Super Lawyer for six consecutive years, and before that, he was honored as a Rising Star for three consecutive years. He has spent more than 15 years practicing in the areas of securities litigation and corporate takeover litigation, notably obtaining a $34.5 million recovery in Patel v. L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc., which represents a high percentage of damages that plaintiffs could reasonably expect to be recovered at trial and is more than eight times higher than the average settlement of cases with comparable investor losses. David also worked alongside Sam Rudman to obtain a $34 million recovery in OSG, which represented an outsized recovery of 93% of bond purchasers’ damages and 28% of stock purchasers’ damages. 

With vast experience in the areas of securities and consumer litigation, as well as in federal and state court appeals, Mark Millkey has been named a Super Lawyer for the past seven years. Mark ensures that the Firm’s submissions to court are persuasive and of the highest quality, resulting in countless briefs in cases that have collectively resulted in billions of dollars in recoveries for the victims of securities and consumer fraud. Most recently, Mark and co-lead counsel announced the upcoming distribution of a fund of more than $73 million to DHB class members with previously recognized claims in In re DHB Indus., Inc. Class Action Litig.

Joseph Russello has dedicated his career to holding corporate wrongdoers accountable for their malfeasance. As the sixth consecutive year that he has received the Super Lawyer honor, Joe has played an integral role in litigating securities class actions whose successful resolution has returned millions of dollars to aggrieved investors. Along with Sam Rudman, he recently recovered $50 million in litigation against BHP Billiton, an Australian-based mining company accused of failing to disclose significant safety problems at the Fundão iron-ore dam in Brazil. On November 5, 2015, the dam collapsed and unleashed a torrent of mining waste, resulting in the death of 19 people, the destruction of the town of Bento Rodrigues, and the decimation of the surrounding environment. Even today, this event is regarded as the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history.

Evan Kaufman focuses his practice on complex litigation, including securities, corporate mergers and acquisitions, derivative, and consumer fraud class actions. He has served as lead counsel or played a serious role in many notable cases, including In re TD Banknorth S’holders Litig. ($50 million recovery), In re Gen. Elec. Co. ERISA Litig. ($40 million cost to GE, including significant improvements to GE’s employee retirement plan, and benefits to GE plan participants valued in excess of $100 million), and EnergySolutions, Inc. Sec. Litig. ($26 million recovery). Evan has received the Super Lawyer honor six times now.

Marking the third year that Alan Ellman has been named a Super Lawyer, he concentrates his practice on prosecuting complex securities fraud cases on behalf of institutional investors and has been involved in a number of notable cases, including working with the team of attorneys who recovered in excess of $34 million for investors in OSG. He is currently litigating the Advisory Board litigation with Sam Rudman and David Rosenfeld, which concerns Advisory Board’s acquisition of Royall & Company. Additionally, Alan received a Volunteer and Leadership Award from Housing Conservation Coordinators (HCC) for his pro bono service defending a client in Housing Court against a non-payment action, arguing an appeal before the Appellate Term, and staffing HCC’s legal clinic. 

This year marks the first time that Francis Karam has been named a Super Lawyer. Of Counsel to the Firm, Frank is a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience. His practice focuses on complex class action litigation involving shareholders’ rights and securities fraud, and he has represented a number of landowners and royalty owners in litigation against large energy companies. Frank has also tried complex cases involving investment fraud and commercial fraud, both on the plaintiff and defense side, and has argued numerous appeals in state and federal courts. Throughout his career, he has tried more than 100 cases to verdict. Frank’s recent successful settlements include In re Cigna Corp. Sec. Litig. ($93 million), In re BellSouth Corp. Sec. Litig. ($35 million), In re Footstar Sec. Litig. ($20.3 million), In re SeeBeyond Sec. Litig. ($13.1 million), In re Quality Distrib. Sec. Litig. ($8.15 million), and In re Deutsche Telecom Sec. Litig. ($120 million).

This recognition marks the fourth year that Mary Blasy has been named a Super Lawyer. She focuses her practice on the investigation, commencement, and prosecution of securities fraud class actions and shareholder derivative suits, and as a result has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for investors. Some of her most notable cases include Coca-Cola Co. ($137.5 million), Reliance Acceptance Corp. ($66 million), Sprint Corp. ($50 million), Martha Stewart Omni-Media, Inc. ($30 million), and Titan Corporation ($15+ million). Most recently, Mary has been working with Sam Rudman on the complex Inovalon Holdings, Inc. litigation and the “High Frequency Trading” securities fraud case. Additionally, she has been responsible for prosecuting numerous complex shareholder derivative actions against corporate malefactors to address violations of the nation’s securities, environmental, and labor laws, obtaining corporate governance enhancements valued by the market in the billions of dollars.

The talented attorneys selected as 2019 Rising Stars for the New York Metro area are Michael Capeci, William GeddishRobert GersonAvital Malina, and Christopher Gilroy.

Each year, no more than 5% of lawyers are honored as Super Lawyers and 2.5% are named as Rising Stars in each state. 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.

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