WASHINGTON, D.C. — Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC has been recognized by The Legal 500 as a leading firm in the areas of “Antitrust: Civil Litigation / Class Actions” and “Dispute Resolution: Securities Litigation – Plaintiff.” In addition, Richard A. Koffman, Co-Chair of the firm’s Antitrust practice, was inducted to the inaugural “Legal 500 Hall of Fame,” while Partners Brent W. Johnson and Sharon K. Robertson were singled out as “Legal 500 Next Generation Lawyers.”
In addition to praising the firm’s “excellent reputation for acting as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in complex class actions involving some of the world’s largest corporates,” the Legal 500 editorial team observed:
Antitrust: Civil Litigation / Class Actions
Plaintiff firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC has an excellent reputation for acting as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in complex class actions involving some of the world’s largest corporates. The breadth of its experience in antitrust litigation spans multiple industries, including healthcare, auto parts, media and entertainment, and financial services. A recent highlight involved acting as co-lead counsel to a class of direct purchasers in In re Urethane Antitrust Litigation; key partners Richard Koffman and Kit Pierson had an instrumental role in an $835m settlement agreement being reached with Dow Chemical. In another matter, Daniel Small, Brent Johnson and others are acting as co-lead counsel to a class of visual effects and animation workers in a lawsuit alleging that various animation studios have engaged in a conspiracy not to solicit each other’s employees and to coordinate on compensation. New York-based Sharon Robertson is highly recommended; all other named lawyers are based in Washington DC.
Dispute Resolution: Securities Litigation – Plaintiff
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC enters the ranking in part because of its list of successes in MBS cases. Acting as lead counsel in eight of the 19 MBS class actions filed, it has recovered nearly $2bn for its clients. A team including Joel Laitman represented lead plaintiff New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund in a class action brought by purchasers of MBS issued by Residential Capital, which paid a $100m settlement supplemented by a further $235m settlement from underwriters including Goldman Sachs. The firm’s ‘creative and diligent litigators’ include managing partner Steven Toll and Daniel Sommers, who jointly chair the securities group. Toll and Julie Reiser led In re BP plc Securities Litigation, which resulted in a $175m settlement of lawsuits arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling platform explosion. Sommers and Laitman also secured $500m in the MBS case In re Bear Stearns Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates Litigation.
Now in its tenth year, The U.S. Legal 500 recognizes a select number of firms that offer a “truly national presence coupled with the capability to handle the most sophisticated and complex legal matters.” The annual rankings are the result of in-depth market research and analysis conducted by a team of accomplished researchers, including both qualified journalists and experienced lawyers.
About Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
Founded in 1969, Cohen Milstein is recognized as one of the premier law firms in the country handling major, complex plaintiff-side litigation. With more than 90 attorneys, the firm has offices in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Ill., New York, N.Y., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Philadelphia, Pa., and Raleigh, N.C. For additional information, visit www.cohenmilstein.com or call 202.408.4600.