Three Robbins Geller Attorneys Recognized as Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2015

July 7, 2015

Super Lawyers, an affiliate of Thomson Reuters, named Robbins Geller partners Shawn Williams and Susan K. Alexander to its annual Northern California Super Lawyers 2015 list. Additionally, partner Daniel J. Pfefferbaum was named as a “Rising Star.”  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.

Since joining Robbins Geller in 2000, Shawn Williams has become one of the Firm’s top attorneys prosecuting securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions.  He has implemented corporate governance enhancements in many companies victimized by stock option practices. Recently he represented plaintiffs in the “robosigning” lawsuit that led to a settlement requiring Wells Fargo & Co. to overhaul its mortgage practices and systems. Williams’ experience in pursuing justice for wronged shareholders began during his 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. He receives the Super Lawyer recognition for the second consecutive year.

Susan K. Alexander has nearly 30 years of appellate experience, briefing and arguing on behalf of defrauded investors in nearly all of the federal circuits around the country.  In the past year, she was a crucial member of the team that obtained a $95 million settlement in the VeriFone securities class action, one of the largest securities class action settlements ever achieved in the Northern District of California. The settlement was the result of over seven years of tenacious litigation, including lead plaintiff’s successful efforts to reverse the district court’s dismissal of the action with prejudice.  Alexander was recently elected to be a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, an invitation-only fellowship that recognizes outstanding appellate lawyers and is committed to advancing the administration of justice and promoting the highest standards of professionalism and advocacy in appellate courts. She receives the Super Lawyer honor for the first time.

Daniel J. Pfefferbaum was a key member of two Robbins Geller teams handling class action lawsuits that recently resulted in significant litigation victories.  After more than four years of litigation and on the eve of trial, Pfefferbaum and other Robbins Geller attorneys led shareholders to a $65 million recovery in a securities class action against Psychiatric Solutions Inc. and four of its former and current executives. The settlement is one of the largest securities class action recoveries in the Middle District of Tennessee in almost a decade. Pfefferbaum also helped defeat defendants’ bid to escape certification of another shareholder class in IBEW Local 98 Pension Fund v. Best Buy Co. Inc., No. 0:11-cv-00429, a securities class action pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.  In its August 6, 2014 order granting plaintiff’s motion for class certification, the district court rejected defendants’ attempt to argue that based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., __U.S.  __, 134 S. Ct.  2398 (2014) (“Halliburton II”), the class could not be certified because of a lack of evidence of price impact, damages were not susceptible to class-wide proof, and the class was overbroad.  Pfefferbaum receives the Rising Star honor for the third consecutive year.

Williams commented, “We are honored to be recognized, but it would be wrong to consider this an individual distinction. Every case we bring is litigated by a team of lawyers, paralegals, forensic accountants, investigators, economists and the best staff around. It’s because of our team that the Firm continues to recover billions of dollars for defrauded investors.”

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