The American Lawyer Recognizes Robbins Geller Partners Michael J. Dowd and Jason A. Forge

February 18, 2015

In January, Pfizer revealed in a regulatory filing that it will pay $400 million, subject to court approval, to investors to avoid a class action trial. The pharmaceutical giant is accused of misleading investors about an alleged off-label drug marketing scheme. Former assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael J. Dowd and Jason A. Forge, two of the team of Robbins Geller attorneys representing the plaintiffs, were set to try the case before a federal jury in Manhattan in late January. In naming the duo Litigators of the Week, the publication commended the Robbins Geller attorneys, saying they “kept the case alive until the threat of [impending] trial . . . finally helped convince the drug maker to make a deal.”

Other key players on the trial team were partners Henry Rosen, Willow Radcliffe, Trig Smith, Ryan Llorens and forensic accountant Heather Jennette. In addition, another ten Robbins Geller employees, including staff attorneys, paralegals, litigation support specialists and administrative assistants, relocated to Manhattan for approximately three weeks of pre-trial preparation and hearings. Over the past five years, the Firm devoted thousands of hours to the case, took 65 depositions, and reviewed 23.8 million pages of documents. This is a testament to Robbins Geller’s willingness and ability to shoulder the burden of sustained litigation and see a case through on behalf of its clients.

Mr. Dowd, a founding partner of Robbins Geller, served as lead trial counsel in Jaffe v. Household International in the Northern District of Illinois, which resulted in a judgment of $2.46 billion in favor of members of the shareholder class, making it the largest securities class action judgment to date. He also served as the lead trial lawyer in In re AT&T Corp. Sec. Litig., which was tried in the District of New Jersey and settled after only two weeks of trial for $100 million.

Mr. Forge has conducted dozens of jury and bench trials in federal and state courts, including the month-long trial of a defense contractor who conspired with Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham in the largest bribery scheme in congressional history. In his three years at Robbins Geller, Forge has led litigation teams that have investigated, charged and prevailed on motions to dismiss against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Donald J. Trump (charging violations of civil RICO statutes, in which the court recently certified a national class), and Scotts Miracle-Gro (one of nation’s largest civil RICO cases).

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