February Gladiator of the Month: Debra Wyman
In honor of our Gladiators video and being referred to as gladiators in the courtroom, this monthly series highlights a Robbins Geller attorney who has shown exceptional merit in a case or has a historical track record of success.
Dedicated. Tenacious. Resilient. These are all traits that can easily describe February’s Gladiator of the Month, partner Debra Wyman. Robbins Geller successfully concluded many cases over the course of 2016 and Wyman played an integral role in HCA Holdings and Dana Corp., making it no surprise that she has been named a Super Lawyer for the past two consecutive years.
On April 14, 2016, Wyman and a team of Robbins Geller attorneys obtained a $215 million recovery for investors in HCA Holdings, the largest securities class action recovery ever in Tennessee. The settlement also represents between 34% and 70% of the estimated aggregate damages suffered by investors who purchased shares of HCA in connection with the company’s March 9, 2011 IPO – a result that is between 10 and 35 times greater than the median securities class action recovery of 2%-3%.
Then, in November 2016, Wyman secured a $64 million recovery for the class in Frank v. Dana Corp. after 11 years of hard-fought litigation. In this case, she and the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group successfully appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals twice. This case accused the former heads of Dana Corp. of securities fraud for trumpeting the auto parts maker’s condition while it actually spiraled toward bankruptcy. The district court was sufficiently impressed with having been reversed twice, that in granting preliminary approval of the settlement, the court noted: “I reached this conclusion on . . . my prolonged hands-on work on and familiarity with the intricacies of the complex and hard (but well) fought nature of this case, and the high regard I have acquired for the skill, dedication, judgment and integrity of counsel for all parties.”
It is because of these case examples and many more that Wyman has secured over $1 billion in recoveries for victims of securities fraud through aggressive lawyering and thorough preparation of her cases.
For a closer look at who Wyman is as a person and not just an attorney, here are a few things you may not know about her:
- Which living person do you most admire?
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
- What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Aggressiveness. Too often it is used to excuse acting like a jerk.
- Which talent would you most like to have?
I always thought it would be fun to be able to sing. I can’t carry a tune at all!
- What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My children. They are both smart, caring, hard-working decent people. Can’t ask for a better legacy.
- Who are your favorite writers?
Alice Walker; George R.R. Martin, Truman Capote
- What is your most treasured possession?
My grandmother’s wedding china.
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would never admit to any weakness!