June 02, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC has been recognized by the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2022) as a “Leading Firm” in four categories:

The Chambers USA editorial team’s commentary is set out below.

Antitrust: Plaintiffs – Nationwide

What the team is known for: Accomplished team offering plaintiff representation in major class actions frequently concerning price manipulation and product delays. Particularly adept in managing competition disputes in the finance, technology and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths

"Cohen Milstein is an outstanding firm. Their work is uniformly excellent."

Work highlights: Cohen Milstein was co-lead counsel for the end-payor plaintiffs in a “pay-for-delay” antitrust class action alleging that Warner Chilcott colluded with would-be generic manufacturers, Watson and Lupin Pharmaceuticals, to delay the introduction of a lower-priced generic version of the contraceptive drug Loestrin.

Ranked Individuals: Sharon K. Robertson and Kit A. Pierson 

ERISA Litigation: Plaintiff – Nationwide

What the team is known for: Highly regarded for its representation of plaintiffs in ERISA class actions. The firm is regularly sought out to represent plan participants and beneficiaries in a range of ERISA claims including breach of fiduciary duty.

Strengths:

"Every lawyer, from senior partner to the most junior associate, is incredibly bright and skilled. They are incredibly responsive and always available."

"I think Cohen Milstein is a very gifted and very capable ERISA litigation group."

"Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll does first-class work and is very strong in this practice area."

"I view them as one of the best ERISA trial practices in the country, they are a joy to work with."

Work highlights: Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC represented the participants and other beneficiaries of the Dignity Health Pension Plans in a lawsuit involving claims that the health system underfunded its pension plan by $1.8 billion via erroneous use of ERISA's church-plan exemption.

Ranked Individuals: Michelle Yau, Mary Bortscheller, Daniel R. Sutter

Product Liability & Mass Torts: Plaintiff – Nationwide*

What the team is known for: Impressive team with trial experience in mass and personal torts and class actions. Has noted strength in environmental matters and extensive skills dealing with data breach mandates. Counsels clients in matters related to the automotive, consumer and pharmaceutical sectors, including high-profile fraud issues.

Work highlights: Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC represented the state attorneys general of Indiana, New Jersey and Vermont in litigation against entities responsible for the marketing and distribution of prescription opioids.

Notable practitioners: Theodore Leopold

*This category reflects the case work of our Complex Tort, Consumer Protection and Public Client practices.

Securities Litigation: Plaintiff – Nationwide

What the team is known for: Established East Coast securities litigation group with a proven track record in complex shareholder derivative suits. Regularly advises institutional investors on major class actions, including RMBS-related matters, and offers additional capabilities in antitrust litigation. Recently played a key role in diversity and harassment related shareholder actions, achieving settlements and reform packages.

Work highlights: Acted for the State of Oregon and the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund, as well as certain shareholders, in an action against L Brands, concluding in a $90 million settlement funding workplace and governance reforms.

Notable practitioners: Steven Toll and Julie Reiser