Geoffrey Graber represents consumers in complex class action litigation involving issues of false advertising, fraud, data privacy theft and other forms of unfair business practices at the hands of social media companies, auto makers, health care companies, and other large corporate actors. Geoff also has extensive experience representing whistleblowers in qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act and whistleblower programs under the U.S. Securities Exchange, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Department of Defense.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein in 2015, Geoff had a distinguished career at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he was part of the Department’s senior leadership team serving as Deputy Associate Attorney General and Director of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) Working Group. As the Director of the RMBS Working Group, Geoff oversaw the DOJ’s nationwide investigation into the packaging and sale of mortgage-backed securities – the catalyst for the 2008 financial crisis – which recovered more than $36 billion from banks, including the record-breaking $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America – the largest settlement with a single entity in U.S. history – as well as settlements with Citigroup ($7 billion) and JP Morgan ($13 billion).
Earlier in his tenure at the DOJ, Geoff served as Counsel in the Civil Division, where he led the three-year investigation of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and its ratings of structured finance products. The investigation, which made groundbreaking use of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), resulted in the largest enforcement action filed by the United States concerning the financial crisis (United States v. Standard & Poor’s). As a result of his successful work on S&P, Geoff earned the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in 2015. Geoff also received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in 2014 for his work relating to the $13 billion settlement with JP Morgan – including, at the time, the largest FIRREA penalty recovered by the DOJ.