Cohen Milstein Recognized as a Highly Recommended Washington, DC Litigation Firm by Benchmark Plaintiff Litigation Guide
Benchmark Plaintiff: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Plaintiff Firms and Attorneys writes:
Over the course of its 40-plus-year history, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll has established
itself as one of the nation’s premier law firms representing plaintiffs in high-stakes, class action ligation. The firm exclusively represents plaintiffs and is especially renowned for its litigation of claims involving antitrust, securities, civil rights and employment law. The firm currently boasts more than 65 attorneys spread throughout offices in Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Among the most notable litigation matters of recent years is Cohen Milstein’s involvement in the Dukes, et al. V. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. class litigation, which involved more than 1.5 million women bringing claims against WalMart for alleged gender discrimination. Attorney Joseph Sellers served as a lead attorney for the plaintiffs. In late 2011, the US Supreme Court, in a highly publicized 5-4 decision, ruled in favor of Wal-Mart, reversing a lower court’s decision and determining the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate sufficient commonality under Rule 23. The landmark decision is expected to impact plaintiffs’ class discrimination claims for years to come. Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll’s attorneys are currently in the process of developing and filing smaller, class employment discrimination cases against Wal-Mart in various regions around the country. One example of success in the securities realm is the firm’s successful negotiation of an $11 million settlement with Tyco International Ltd. on behalf of the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Trust. Currently attorneys are representing plaintiffs in antitrust class litigation against Google, alleging claims of interception of electronic communications that were sent over Google’s open, non-secured wireless internet. Steven Toll and Daniel Sommers co-chair the firm's nationally renowned securities practice group. Daniel Small chairs the antitrust practice group. He has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients over the course of his legal career, often serving in the capacity of lead counsel. Other partners highlighted by peers include Julie Reiser, Christopher Cormier and Agnieszka Fryszman.