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Paul J. Geller

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Paul J. Geller

Paul’s dedication and passion in protecting the rights of his clients is truly inspiring.

– Robert Bertisch, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County

Overview

Paul Geller, Managing Partner of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s Boca Raton, Florida office, is a Founding Partner of the Firm, a member of its Executive and Management Committees and head of the Firm’s Consumer Practice Group. Geller’s 25 years of litigation experience is broad, and he has handled cases in each of the Firm’s practice areas. Notably, before devoting his practice to the representation of consumers and investors, he defended companies in high-stakes class action litigation, providing him an invaluable perspective. Geller has tried bench and jury trials on both the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ sides, and has argued before numerous state, federal and appellate courts throughout the country.

Geller was recently selected to serve in a leadership position on behalf of governmental entities and other plaintiffs in the sprawling litigation concerning the nationwide prescription opioid epidemic. In reporting on the selection of the lawyers to lead the case, The National Law Journal reported that “[t]he team reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ in mass torts.” Geller was also part of the leadership team representing consumers in the massive Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions case. The San Francisco legal newspaper The Recorder labeled the group that was appointed in that case, which settled for more than $10 billion, a “class action dream team.”

Geller is also currently serving  as Co-Lead Counsel in In re EpiPen (Epinephrine Injection, USP) Mktg., Sales Practices & Antitrust Litig., a nationwide class action that alleges that pharmaceutical company Mylan N.V. and others engaged in anticompetitive and unfair business conduct in its sale and marketing of the EpiPen Auto-Injector device.

Some of Geller’s other recent noteworthy successes include a $265 million recovery against Massey Energy in In re Massey Energy Co. Sec. Litig., in which Massey was found accountable for a tragic explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Geller also secured a $146.25 million recovery against Duke Energy in Nieman v. Duke Energy Corp., the largest recovery in North Carolina for a case involving securities fraud, and one of the five largest recoveries in the Fourth Circuit.

Additionally, Geller was lead counsel in Kehoe v. Fidelity Fed. Bank & Trust, one of the country’s first cases alleging a class-wide privacy violation, settling the case for a $50 million recovery in addition to enhanced privacy protections. More recently, he was one of the lead counsel in the Sony Gaming Networks Data Breach litigation, which resulted in significant monetary recovery and other benefits to class members.

Geller is on the Advisory Board of The Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims at Emory University School of Law (“Emory Institute”), and frequently lectures on MDL and class action issues at judicial seminars, bar conferences, and academic programs. Recent presentations include The Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies’ Class Action Settlement Conference (“Compensation of Objectors,” San Diego, CA; Oct. 2016), and the Emory Institute’s Complex Settlements Conference co-sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center and the JPML (“Fairness Determinations: Pitfalls and Challenges in Class Settlement,” Atlanta, GA; Dec. 2016).

Geller has been rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating available), twice named one of the nation’s top “40 Under 40” by The National Law Journal, and has been named one of “Florida’s Top Lawyers” by Law & Politics and South Florida Business Journal. He has also been named a Leading Lawyer in America by Lawdragon, one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine and one of “Florida’s Most Effective Lawyers” by American Law Media’s Daily Business Review. Just recently, Best Lawyers® named Geller a Best Lawyer in America in the area of “Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs” for the second year in a row, and he was additionally chosen as Lawyer of the Year in that same category.

Geller earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, where he was a member of the University Honors Program. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Emory University School of Law, with Highest Distinction, where he was the editor of the Emory Law Journal, a member of the Order of the Coif  Legal Honor Society and was awarded multiple American Jurisprudence Book Awards for earning the highest grade in the school in a dozen courses.

Honors

Individual Awards:

  • Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) Proven Trial Lawyers
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers®, 2018
  • Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers®, 2017-2018
  • Leading Lawyer in America, Lawdragon, 2006-2007, 2009-2018
  • Attorney of the Month, Attorney At Law, 2017
  • Featured in “Lawyer Limelight” series, Lawdragon, 2017
  • Selected as one of Florida’s top lawyers in Class Action & Mass Torts by Super Lawyers, 2007-2017
  • Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500, 2016
  • Selected as a Top Rated Lawyer, South Florida’s Legal Leaders, Miami Herald, 2015
  • Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2013
  • Featured as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” in Florida Trend magazine, 2003, 2006
  • Named one of “Florida’s Most Effective Lawyers” in the Class Action category by American Law Media, 2006
  • Featured as one of Florida’s top lawyers in South Florida Business Journal, 2006
  • Selected as one of the nation’s top “40 Under 40” by The National Law Journal, 2002, 2005

Firm Awards:

  • Top Plaintiff Firm, Benchmark Litigation, 2010-2018
  • Tier 1 Firm, “Best Law Firms,” U.S. News – Best Lawyers®, 2013-2018
  • Band 1 Law Firm, Chambers USA, 2010-2017
  • Top-Tier Plaintiffs’ Firm, The Legal 500, 2010-2017
  • Practice Group of the Year, Law360, 2015-2017
  • Selected as the Securities winner, Elite Trial Lawyers, The National Law Journal, 2016
  • Elite Trial Lawyers, The National Law Journal, 2014-2016
  • Most Feared Litigation Firms, BTI Consulting, 2014-2015
  • Most Feared Plaintiffs’ Firm, Law360, 2013-2015
  • Plaintiffs’ Hot List, The National Law Journal, 2004-2009, 2011, 2013-2014

Practice Areas

Education

Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1993, with Highest Distinction

  • Editor, Emory Law Journal
  • Order of the Coif Legal Honor Society
  • Awarded multiple American Jurisprudence Book Awards for earning the highest grade in the school in a dozen courses

University of Florida, B.S., 1990, Psychology

  • Member, University Honors Program

Admissions

  • Florida
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals: Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States District Courts: Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida; District of Colorado; Eastern District of Michigan

Notable Cases

News

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Directors of The Institute for Complex Litigation & Mass Claims, Emory University School of Law
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