Six Robbins Geller Attorneys Recognized as Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

July 7, 2017

On July 7, 2017, Super Lawyers Magazine lauded Robbins Geller partners Shawn A. Williams, Susan K. Alexander and Dennis J. Herman by selecting them as Northern California Super Lawyers for 2017. The publication, an affiliate of Thomson Reuters, also named partner Daniel J. Pfefferbaum and associates Amanda Frame and Matthew S. Melamed as Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers 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. 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.

This year marks the fourth consecutive year that Shawn Williams has received the Super Lawyer recognition. Prior to his work with Robbins Geller, he spent five years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, where he tried 20 cases and led grand jury investigations into white-collar fraud. Williams is among the Firm’s lead attorneys prosecuting shareholder derivative actions, securing tens of millions of dollars in cash recoveries and negotiating the implementation of comprehensive corporate governance enhancements. For instance, Williams and a team of Robbins Geller attorneys recently secured significant governance reforms and corporate initiatives in City of Westland Police and Fire Ret. Sys. v. Wells Fargo & Co., including $36.5 million in funding for homeownership down-payment assistance in communities affected by the financial crisis and high foreclosure rates. Other notable cases include In re McAfee, Inc. Derivative Litig.; In re Marvell Tech. Grp. Ltd. Derivative Litig.; In re KLA Tencor S’holder Derivative Litig.; and The Home Depot, Inc. Derivative Litig., to name a few.

Marking her third consecutive year being named a Super Lawyer, Susan Alexander has more than 30 years of appellate experience, briefing and arguing on behalf of defrauded investors in nearly all of the federal circuits around the country. Among her most notable cases are In re VeriFone Holdings, Inc. Sec. Litig. ($95 million recovery), which is one of the largest securities class action settlements ever achieved in the Northern District of California, and the successful appellate ruling in Alaska Elec. Pension Fund v. Flowserve Corp. ($55 million recovery). At the request of the Ninth Circuit, Alexander chairs the Court’s Advisory Rules Committee. Alexander is also the Ninth Circuit’s Pro Bono Program District Coordinator for Northern California and Hawaii.

Combining skills developed as an award-winning journalist with knowledge gained graduating second in his class at Stanford Law, Dennis Herman is one of Robbins Geller’s top attorneys prosecuting securities class actions and has repeatedly achieved success on behalf of wronged investors. He has achieved substantial recoveries for investors in cases against Massey Energy Co. ($265 million), Coca-Cola Company ($137 million), VeriSign Corp. ($78 million), Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. ($65 million), St. Jude Medical, Inc. ($50 million), and NorthWestern Corp. ($40 million).This marks the first time Herman has received the Super Lawyer honor.

Partner Daniel J. Pfefferbaum and associates Amanda Frame and Matthew S. Melamed have all been named Rising Stars in the past. Marking the fifth consecutive year that he has received the honor, Pfefferbaum was an integral member of the Robbins Geller litigation team that secured a historic recovery on behalf of Trump University students in two class actions against President Donald J. Trump. The settlement provides $25 million to approximately 7,000 consumers, and the Firm represented the class on a pro bono basis. Frame has been named a Rising Star for three years in a row. As a member of the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group, she assists the trial litigators when it becomes necessary to seek appellate review or defend favorable judgments and orders. Melamed’s practice focuses on representing institutional and individual investors in securities litigation and whistleblowers who report wrongdoing to the SEC, CFTC and IRS. He has been a key member of litigation teams responsible for substantial investor recoveries, including Jones v. Pfizer, Inc. ($400 million recovery) and In re St. Jude Medical, Inc. Sec. Litig. ($50 million recovery).

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