Christina Donato Saler is a Partner at Cohen Milstein, and a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation & Investor Protection practice group.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein in 2017, Ms. Saler was a securities class action litigator at a nationally recognized plaintiffs law firm, where she distinguished herself as a skilled litigator and trusted client counselor of public pension funds and other institutional investors.
Ms. Saler represents her clients in a broad range of securities, shareholder rights and derivative actions as well as other complex litigation. Ms. Saler gained substantial trial experience prosecuting First Amendment cases involving individual plaintiffs against media defendants. She has been recognized by Law & Politics and the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, as listed in the Super Lawyer’s publications (2011 – 2013).
Ms. Saler is currently involved in the following notable matters:
- In Re Liberty Tax, Inc. Securities Litigation (E.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein is representing IBEW Local 98 Pension Fund, as the Lead Plaintiff, and other purchasers of Liberty Tax stock, in a putative securities class action for violations of the Exchange Act related to the reckless use of the company by John Hewitt, co-founder and former CEO and Chairman, for his personal sexual exploits, thereby creating a hostile work environment and exposing the company to financial risk and liability.
- Eric Weiner v. Tivity Health, Inc. (M.D. Tenn.): Cohen Milstein is sole Lead Counsel, representing Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System, as the Lead Plaintiff, and other purchasers of Tivity Health stock, in a putative securities class action for violations of the Exchange Act related to Tivity’s misleading the public about its relationship with United Healthcare, Inc. Ms. Saler is involved in all aspects of the litigation.
- Universal Health Services, Inc. Shareholder Derivative Litigation (Del. Ch.): Cohen Milstein represents Delaware County Employees’ Retirement Fund and Chester County Employees’ Retirement Fund in a shareholder derivative action alleging that nominal defendant Universal Health Services’ directors and officers breached their fiduciary duties of care and loyalty for failures in overseeing Universal Health Services’ operations and compliance with applicable laws and regulations pertaining to its billing practices for mental health patients.
- Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Ohio Litigation (Franklin C.P.): Cohen Milstein serves as Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in breach of contract litigation against PBMs Express Scripts, Inc. and OptumRx Administrative Services, LLC for allegedly overcharging two of Ohio’s state-funded health plans on millions of prescription drug claims.
Ms. Saler also works closely with clients to keep them apprised of regulatory trends and legal decisions that may impact the management of their funds. In this capacity, Ms. Saler is the Editor of Cohen Milstein’s Shareholder Advocate, a quarterly publication focused specifically on legal issues relevant to the public retirement systems and institutional investor community.
In 2017, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania appointed Ms. Saler to the Board of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council whose mission is to find ways of using the humanities to help people take action for positive change in their lives and communities, and demonstrate this effectiveness to leaders and organizations invested in making Pennsylvania a better place to live. Ms. Saler is a member of the Executive Committee and Chairs the Government Advocacy Committee.
Ms. Saler is also a volunteer at Philadelphia Volunteer Indigence Program (VIP), where she represents individuals in jeopardy of losing their homes in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court’s Mortgage Foreclosure Program.
Ms. Saler received her B.A. from Fairfield University. She received her J.D., with honors, from Rutgers University Law School. In addition to other academic honors, Ms. Saler was selected for the Rutgers Law Journal and served as the Lead Articles Editor. She is also the author of “Pennsylvania Law Should No Longer Allow a Parent’s Right to Testamentary Freedom to Outweigh the Dependent Child’s ‘Absolute Right to Child Support,’” 34 Rutgers Law Journal, 235 (Fall 2002).
Ms. Saler’s professional career began in advertising. She was a Senior Account Executive with the Tierney Agency where she managed various advertising campaigns and Verizon’s contractual relationship with its spokesperson James Earl Jones.
Author, “Pennsylvania Law Should No Longer Allow a Parent’s Right to Testamentary Freedom to Outweigh the Dependent Child’s ‘Absolute Right to Child Support,’” 34 Rutgers Law Journal, 235 (Fall 2002)