Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP (“Robbins Geller” or the “Firm”) is a limited liability partnership with nine offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Nashville and Boca Raton.
The firm has obtained the largest securities class action recovery in six of the nation’s federal circuits and has shaped the law in the area of securities litigation and shareholder rights. The firm has tried more shareholder class actions and served as sole lead counsel in more major securities class actions than any other firm. Robbins Geller has been ranked as one of the top law firms in the world in both amount recovered for shareholders and total number of class action settlements in every annual ISS Securities Class Action Services Top 50 Report published since 2010. ISS reports that Robbins Geller has settled over 250 federal securities class action cases during that time (more than any other law firm in any jurisdiction) and has overseen the distribution of settlement proceeds of nearly $14 billion to class members (more than any other law firm in the world). On March 23, 2021, the latest SCAS Top 50 Report ranked Robbins Geller first for recovering $1.6 billion for investors in 2020 – more than double the amount recovered by any other firm – noting that Robbins Geller was “the only plaintiff law firm to surpass the $1 billion threshold.”
Robbins Geller’s record of success includes some of the largest recoveries in history: the largest securities class action recovery (Enron – over $7.2 billion); the largest securities class action recovery following a trial (HSBC Finance Corp.– $1.575 billion); the largest pharmaceutical securities class action settlement (Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.– $1.21 billion); largest personal contributions by individual defendants in a securities class action recovery (American Realty Capital Properties, Inc.– $237.5 million of $1.025 billion total recovery); the largest stock option backdating recovery (UnitedHealth Group– $925 million); the largest securities fraud class action recovery in the last 20 years in the Ninth Circuit and the second-largest ever in that Circuit (Twitter, Inc.– $809.5 million pending approval); the largest opt-out (non-class) securities action recovery (WorldCom– $657 million); the largest privacy class action settlement (Facebook, Inc.– $650 million); the largest RMBS purchaser class action recovery (Countrywide– $500 million); and the largest merger and acquisition class action recovery (Kinder Morgan– $200 million).
Robbins Geller developed the first-of-its-kind portfolio monitoring service for institutional investors. The firm’s Portfolio Monitoring Program® is built upon a sophisticated, proprietary software platform that enables the firm to promptly alert its clients when losses have been suffered as a result of fraud or other securities law violations and ensure clients timely submit claims for shareholder recoveries. Robbins Geller’s Portfolio Monitoring Program® is performed entirely in-house by a team of two dozen highly trained and experienced attorneys, forensic accountants, economists, damages experts, paralegals, and e-discovery specialists, who monitor worldwide financial markets.
Waymaker LLP, based in Los Angeles, is one of the nation’s leading trial and appellate boutiques representing both plaintiffs and defendants in their highest-stake matters. The firm is distinctive for its success in handling litigation matters involving innovative technology where complex legal issues are at play, its record of achievement at both trial and appeal, and its dynamic culture. Waymaker’s success for its clients has been heralded by Chambers, Benchmark Litigation, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, Daily Journal, Law360, and the National Law Journal.Its lawyers have been influential in changing the paths of a number of clients’ businesses, setting precedent through case results, and regularly taking on cases that other law firms have turned down.
Waymaker helps clients accomplish their goals through fierce advocacy in and out of the courtroom and its clients include Fortune 500 companies, fast-growing startups, entertainment companies, entrepreneurs and high net-worth individuals. The firm was founded in 2006 as Baker Marquart LLP by Harvard Law School graduates Ryan G. Baker and Jaime W. Marquart to provide the very best representation to clients engaged in high-stakes litigation. The founders had been attorneys at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.
Early in 2021, the firm changed its name to Waymaker in recognition of the growing diversity of its partnership.Baker said, “Our new name reflects the growth and evolution of the firm.At Waymaker, we succeed as a collective, often through innovative strategies and argument formed through active collaboration.”
Presenting arguments in a clear, elegant, and persuasive manner, Waymaker handles complex civil litigation in courtrooms across the nation. Its litigation practice spans antitrust, commercial disputes, corporate governance, criminal defense, cybersecurity, employment, entertainment, financial technology, intellectual property, patent litigation, and securities, and the firm counts among its attorneys several former federal prosecutors. Regularly quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Law360, Law.com, and other leading outlets, Waymaker attorneys are recognized as industry leaders in fintech, intellectual property, and litigation.
The firm’s lawyers have argued and won appellate cases involving issues ranging from First Amendment free speech to the interpretation of Copyright statutes in state and federal courts of appeal. Two years ago, the Waymaker appellate team won a unanimous decision by the California Supreme Court that the state’s anti-SLAPP statute requires that courts consider the commercial context of speech in determining whether a defendant’s speech is protected.
Our trial and appellate practice includes:
Antitrust and Unfair Competition: A keen understanding of emerging technologies – such as internet-based media and blockchain – positions Waymaker as one of the leading antitrust litigation firms in traditional and emerging markets.
Appeals: Waymaker has extensive experience in federal and state appellate courts across the country, where we have scored major victories. We meticulously prepare appellate briefs that focus on critical, dispositive issues.
Commercial and Business Disputes: Waymaker handles a wide range of commercial disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, negligence, interference, breach of fiduciary duty, legal malpractice, and real property claims in federal courts, state courts, and arbitral tribunals across the country. The firm has represented Fortune 500 companies, closely held companies, and individuals in various commercial disputes.
Corporate Governance: Waymaker is well-versed in corporate governance disputes whether the dispute involves a large, publicly traded company, a deadlocked closely held startup, or a corporate divorce in a family partnership.
Criminal and Regulatory Defense: Waymaker defends clients nationwide in law enforcement and regulatory investigations, trials, and appeals. A number of our attorneys are former federal prosecutors with substantial criminal trial experience and subject matter expertise.
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: Waymaker advises companies and individuals facing cybersecurity and data privacy issues, criminal and regulatory actions, and related civil litigation.
Employment – Executive Compensation: Waymaker represents employers and highly compensated employees in a broad array of employment disputes, including trade-secret misappropriation and breach of non-competition agreements.
Entertainment Litigation: Waymaker lawyers have vigorously defending Oscar-winning producers, writers and directors and taken major motion picture studios and television networks to court to ensure that an artist was fairly compensated. Our team has defended internet-based media companies against copyright infringement claims brought by television networks and brought antitrust claims against major motion picture studios.
Fintech: Led by partner Brian Klein, a Law360 MVP in Fintech and named by Chambers as one of the top financial technology attorneys in the United States, Waymaker is at the forefront of cases in this burgeoning industry.
Insurance: Waymaker represents policyholders in insurance disputes in pre-litigation matters, trials, and appeals.
Intellectual Property: Waymaker lawyers have extensive trial and appellate experience litigating trademark, copyright, trade dress and trade secret disputes.We win high-profile IP battles across industries, including technology, medical device, entertainment, retail, food, fashion, and others.
Patent Litigation: Waymaker represents plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement actions and staffs patent cases efficiently.Our IP lawyers have the technical and practical experience that is of particular importance in the patent litigation context.
Securities: Waymaker lawyers have experience representing banks, investment professionals, corporate investors, and individuals.We handle securities cases involving allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, failure to comply with federal or state registration requirements, and breach of contract claims in a variety of forums.
McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. With more than 20 locations on three continents, the team works seamlessly across practices, industries and geographies to deliver highly effective – and often unexpected – solutions that propel success.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Our litigation and dispute resolution lawyers are dedicated to providing passionate client advocacy through superior trial skills and incisive industry knowledge. Our litigation lawyers collaborate with colleagues across the Firm, to bring our clients fully developed solutions that make meaningful progress toward their business goals, in and out of the courtroom.
White Collar: Our white-collar team has tried hundreds of cases in courts throughout the United States and internationally, and draws on the unmatched insights of our lawyers who previously served as senior federal prosecutors. We are able to assemble strong, lean teams of seasoned legal counsel, to spot—and mitigate—potential compliance risks, respond quickly to government investigations and provide world-class defense in qui tam actions, criminal charges and parallel proceedings.
Antitrust Litigation: We provide effective, coordinated counsel on US antitrust law, EC competition law, China’s Anti-Monopoly Law and other competition regimes worldwide to help our clients eliminate roadblocks and achieve business goals. Our top-ranked lawyers are deeply familiar with all major US and international regulatory frameworks and dispute-resolution forums. We assist clients with challenges resulting from increasing antitrust activity, cross-jurisdictional government investigations and private litigation.
Intellectual Property Litigation: For business leaders leveraging intellectual property to drive growth or defend market position, we are your secret weapon in the boardroom and the courtroom. We help you respond quickly to changing market dynamics with actionable recommendations designed to capitalize on opportunity and mitigate risk. We work to uncover value at every stage of the IP lifecycle and we marry our business savvy, technical acumen and personal passion to help you benefit from it.
Employment: Pairing deep resources with broad geographic coverage, we meet the rapidly evolving needs of employers in virtually every sector, delivering a complete legal offering covering the full spectrum of employment and labor issues. We help develop and implement effective employment policies, defend clients in government investigations and compliance audits, and bring first-chair trial skills when defending employers in courts around the world.
Our team engages in every aspect of civil, regulatory and commercial defence litigation, including:
Founded in 2019 by former BigLaw attorneys with decades of experience tackling thorny, complex legal issues, DTO Law handles matters on behalf of a variety of clients ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies. Filled with a burning obsession for superior results, DTO lawyers are strategically aggressive in the pursuit of their clients’ goals. Rather than focusing only on the matter in front of them, they focus on their clients’ larger business goals—what matters and what doesn’t—so they can tailor their litigation strategies to their client’s business objectives.
DTO’s mantra is straightforward: great success is not born of half-measures. Rather, success requires unparalleled, unflinching, compulsive commitment to both the mission and the principle of excellence.
Companies facing the threat of a class action often turn to DTO to navigate those waters and secure the best result. DTO’s attorneys have handled over 125 threatened or filed class actions and are recognized by their peers as leaders in the field. DTO has had success in all phases of class actions: resolving threatened class actions, obtaining dismissals at the pleading stage, compelling a case to arbitration, defeating class certification, winning motions for summary judgment, and negotiating favorable settlements in tough cases.
Having represented plaintiffs and defendants in the intellectual property arena, DTO is adept at both protecting intellectual property and protecting businesses from accusations of infringement. Its substantive experience includes patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and domain name disputes. DTO litigators have handled over 100 IP disputes in federal court.
In addition to its deep class action and intellectual property litigation experience, DTO has handled litigation relating to breaches of contracts, partnership and founder disputes, fraud claims, employment disputes, mass torts, and products liability claims. DTO’s extensive mediation experience serves it well in that department: it has handled over 300 mediations, and one of its attorneys is a certified mediator.
DTO also has extensive appellate experience. It has had great success defending clients’ successful trial court victories on appeal, including issues of first impression. Its litigation team includes four former federal clerks, and its lawyers have bar admissions to the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
On the deal making side, the firm’s lawyers help clients develop strategic plans compatible with overall business strategy. In its capacity as real estate counsel, DTO has assisted a variety of clients, including investors, property owners, tenants, developers, and lenders with the purchase, sale, development, and financing of real property transactions.
DTO also has deep experience managing challenging issues in the areas of technology, commercial solutions, and sourcing to achieve critical business objectives. The firm’s attorneys work hard to understand business needs and bring their business acumen to guide transactions and offer creative solutions.
The firm has significant experience handling complex business and commercial finance transactions. Trusted by large financial institutions, DTO’s attorneys keep abreast of changing business environments that affect their clients’ needs and tirelessly work to become trusted advisors.
In 2020, DTO was profiled by leading legal publication the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, which also named the firm a “Top Boutique” law firm in the state of California.
Awards and Recognition: DTO’s lawyers have been recognized time and again for the results they have achieved on behalf of their clients and their reputation in the legal industry. A sampling of the recognition its attorneys have received over the years includes:
“2022 Best Lawyers” (The Best Lawyers in America)
“2021 Visionaries” (L.A. Times B2B Publishing Business of LawMagazine)
“2021 Outstanding Firm for Diversity & Inclusion (USA)” (Chambers and Partners)
"Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” (Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal)
"Top Women Lawyers” (Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal)
“Minority Leader of Influence” (Los Angeles Business Journal)
"Leaders in the Law” (Los Angeles Business Journal)
"2020 Top Boutiques” (Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal)
"2020 Law Firm MVP" (National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms - NAMWOLF)
"Top Latino Lawyer” (Latino LeadersMagazine)
Diversity: DTO does not pay lip service to diversity. It embodies it.
The firm is 100% owned by women and people of color, and the firm is a member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). In 2020, DTO was honored by NAMWOLF as its “Law Firm MVP.” Each year, the award recognizes a law firm member for its outstanding achievement in advancing NAMWOLF’s mission of promoting diversity and inclusion by fostering the relationship between preeminent minority and women-owned law firms and corporations and public entities. Additionally, the firm and/or its lawyers are members and/or leaders of various organizations that promote diversity and inclusion in the legal field, such as the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association and Foundation, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), ChIPs, the South Asian Bar Association (SABA), and the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). One of the founding partners serves as Vice Chair of NAMWOLF and another is on the Executive Council of LCLD. All of its partners were LCLD Fellows. The firm’s attorneys also speak and publish regularly about diversity and inclusion-related topics.