September 28, 2016

Firm Seeks to Expand North Carolina’s Ability to Pursue High-Profile Class Actions and Other Complex Litigation on a National Scale


(RALEIGH, N.C. – September 28, 2016) – Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, a leading national plaintiffs’ law firm, announced today that Jay Chaudhuri will join the firm, effective October 3, 2016. Chaudhuri, who currently serves in the North Carolina State Senate representing parts of Raleigh, Cary and Morrisville, will join former North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Martha Geer, who launched Cohen Milstein’s Raleigh office earlier this year. Together, Chaudhuri and Geer will partner with law firms across the state to protect the rights of North Carolina’s citizens and small businesses.
“Jay Chaudhuri has long been a champion for those who lack a voice,” said Martha Geer, who heads the firm’s Raleigh office. “For over 20 years, he has served the people of North Carolina with passion, dedication, and grit; and we are thrilled to be adding his talents to our North Carolina office.” 
“I have spent my entire career standing up and fighting for the people of North Carolina.  And, I believe the opportunity to work with some of the most highly-respected attorneys around the country at Cohen Milstein represents a natural extension of my public service,” said Jay Chaudhuri, Of Counsel at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll. “I look forward to working closely with Judge Geer to grow the firm’s practice in North Carolina and to expand the rights of North Carolinians.”
A devoted public servant, Chaudhuri has spent his career fighting and working on behalf of the people of North Carolina. As one of the newest state senators, Chaudhuri serves on the Commerce, Pensions & Retirements and Aging, Judiciary II, State and Local Government, and Appropriations on General Government and Information Technology committees.  During his first legislative session, Chaudhuri co-sponsored a bill to repeal House Bill 2, a bill critics have referred to as the most anti-LGBT legislation in the country.
Prior to his appointment to the State Senate, Chaudhuri served as General Counsel & Senior Policy Advisor to State Treasurer Janet Cowell, where he helped recover more than $100 million for the pension and unclaimed property funds, including settlements from an investment manager and custodian bank.  He also played a key role in uncovering alleged wrongdoings that involved eight investment managers, leading to a reimbursement of $15 million back into the pension fund and tougher, cutting edge ethical standards. Chaudhuri also served as Chair of the Council of Institutional Investors, an association of pension funds with combined assets of more than $3 trillion, which serves as the leading voice for effective corporate governance and strong shareholder rights.
Before joining the Department of State Treasurer, Chaudhuri served as Special Counsel to Attorney General Roy Cooper, where he helped lead an investigation by all 50 Attorneys General that resulted in a landmark agreement with two leading networking sites to better protect children from Internet predators.  For his efforts, the National Association of Attorneys General honored him with the Marvin Award, given to an individual who furthers that association's goals.
The North Carolina Bar Association has awarded Chaudhuri its Citizen Lawyer Award, given to lawyers who provide exemplary service to their communities.  Lawyers Weekly has also honored him with its Leaders in the Law award.  In addition, he has been awarded the William C. Friday Fellowship, Henry Toll Fellowship, and American Marshall Memorial Fellowship.
“Our firm is committed to serving North Carolina, and bringing Jay Chaudhuri on board is an excellent example of that commitment,” said Steven J. Toll, Managing Partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll. “We are honored to welcome Jay to the firm and are confident that his extensive experience serving as legal counsel and his deep knowledge of North Carolina’s state and national policy and legislative initiatives will be an asset to our firm.”
Chaudhuri graduated from Davidson College, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and North Carolina Central University School of Law with honors.