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Robin Switzenbaum

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Robin Blumenfeld Switzenbaum is a shareholder at Berger & Montague. She concentrates her practice on litigating complex civil cases with a particular focus on securities, corporate governance including limited partnerships and REITs, and voting control disputes. In addition to successfully resolving major securities class actions in her career, Ms. Switzenbaum has applied her plaintiffs' side expertise to representing business sellers who have encountered difficulties in securing the value of their pay-outs from purchasers of their companies.

Ms. Switzenbaum currently serves as lead counsel with Lawrence Deutsch in In re Precision Castparts Corp. Shareholder Litigation, No. 15CV21455 (Oregon) and Rabin v. Nasdaq, No. 215CV0551 (E.D. PA) contesting market manipulation in call options on PHLX. Recently, with Lawrence Lederer, she was lead counsel in Dodona v. Goldman, Sachs, et al., No. 10 Civ. 7497 (VM) (DCF) (S.D.N.Y.), regarding two synthetic collateralized debt obligations, Hudson Mezzanine Funding 2006-1 and Hudson Mezzanine Funding 2006-2 sold by Goldman in 2007, which is awaiting settlement approval.

Ms. Switzenbaum served as lead counsel in Ginsburg v. Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc., et al., C.A. No. 2202-CC (Del. Ch.) representing certain shareholders of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange in the Delaware Court of Chancery. The case settled for in excess of $99 million. In another state court action, Ms. Switzenbaum represented a class of holders of a publicly traded common stock who were denied their preemptive rights, Korman v. InKine Pharmaceutical, Case No. 04341 (CCP, Philadelphia County). This case settled for $9 million. She has also successfully pursued claims on behalf of litigation trusts, bringing actions against officers, directors and auditors of insolvent companies including: Sunterra Corporation (recovery against director, officers and accountants); and U.S. Aggregates, Inc. (recovery against officers). Ms. Switzenbaum has also been extensively involved in litigating securities cases against financial institutions such as Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Citi and Chase Manhattan and against retailers such as Rite Aid, Sunbeam and Revlon.

Prior to joining Berger & Montague, Ms. Switzenbaum was an attorney with Saul, Ewing, Remick & Saul, LLP focusing on real estate, bankruptcy and zoning matters.

Preceding law school, Ms. Switzenbaum was engaged in the development of commercial and residential real estate in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. During that time, she served on the board of directors of the Home Owners Warranty Council for Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Home Builders Association of Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

Prominent Judgments & Settlements

  • In re Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. Securities Derivative and ERISA Litigation, Civil Action No. 07-cv-09633 (S.D.N.Y.) ($475 million settlement)
  • In re Rite Aid Securities Litigation, MDL 1360 (E.D. Pa.) ($334 million settlement)
  • In re Sunbeam Securities Litigation, 98-8258-Civ-Middlebrooks (S.D. Fla.) ($142 million settlement)
  • In re CMS Energy Securities Litigation, 02 CV 72004 (E.D. Mich.) ($200 million settlement)
  • Ginsburg v. Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc., et al., C.A. No. 2202-CC (Del. Ch.) ($99 million settlement)
  • Abessinio v. Ernst & Young LLP, et al., 106 Civ. 02777 (LTS) (confidential settlement)
  • Korman v. InKine Pharmaceutical, Case No. 04341 (CCP, Philadelphia County) ($9 million settlement)
  • Prime Group Reality Trust, et al. C.A. No. 1:12-cv-09350 (MFK) ($8.25 million settlement)
  • In re Northeast Bancorp, Case No. N-90-24 (D. Conn) ($4.9 million settlement)
  • In re Chase Manhattan Corporation Securities Litigation, Case No. 90 Civ. 6092 (S.D.N.Y. 1992) ($17.5 million settlement)
  • In re Midlantic Corporation Shareholder Litigation, Case No. 90-1275 (D.N.J.) ($9 million settlement)
  • In re ShopKo Stores, Inc. Securities Litigation, Case No. 01-C-1034 (E.D. Wis.) ($4.9 million settlement)
  • In re Medi-Hut Co., Inc. Securities Litigation, C.A. No. 02-881 (D.N.J.) (recovered $4.9 million against accountants, plus recovery from company)
  • Daftary v. HighPoint Solutions, et al., C.A. No. 08-5110 (E.D. Pa.) (confidential settlement)