Catherine A. Torell is the Director of Securities Research and Analysis at Cohen Milstein, and is a member of the Securities Litigation & Investor Protection practice group. As Director of Securities Research and Analysis, Ms. Torell has the exclusive role of analyzing every securities case that is brought to the firm.
Ms. Torell is also responsible for thoroughly researching the factual and legal merits of all of the federal securities fraud class actions filed in the United States. Based on her research, she generates written analyses to evaluate the merits of each case for the firm’s Case Evaluation Committee and assesses the potential importance of the case to the firm’s clients. As a result, she has played an integral role in helping to cultivate and significantly expand the Cohen Milstein’s investor client base.
Ms. Torell also prepares the written analyses that are sent to the firm’s institutional clients. Those analyses describe and evaluate the merits of the cases in which those clients have sustained substantial losses and include a recommendation as to whether the firm believes the client should pursue a lead plaintiff role in the case.
Prior to focusing exclusively on her current role, Ms. Torell also actively participated in many of the firm’s notable securities class actions, including In re Parmalat Securities Litigation 376 F. Supp. 2d 472 (S.D.N.Y. 2005).
Ms. Torell has been practicing law for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Torell was counsel at a number of prominent plaintiffs’ class action firms, serving in co-lead and leadership positions in numerous successful class action cases that resulted in settlements collectively totaling hundreds of millions of dollars for the clients she represented. She served as a co-lead counsel in In re Providian Financial Securities Litigation, which resulted in a $38 million settlement. In approving the settlement, the Court remarked on the "extremely high quality" and "skill and efficiency" of plaintiffs' counsel's work throughout the litigation.
Ms. Torell attended Stony Brook University, receiving a B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science, and earned her J.D. from St. John's University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Federal Jurisprudence Award.