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Robin Blumenfeld Switzenbaum Recognized as Local Litigation Star

Posted: September 29, 2017

Berger & Montague shareholder Robin Blumenfeld Switzenbaum has been named a 2018 Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, a publication that covers the litigation and disputes market in North America.

Honorees are selected after a research period (lasting from four to six months) where Benchmark Litigation's researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, researchers examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers.

Local Litigation Stars for each state reflect only those individuals who were recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers.

Ms. Switzenbaum concentrates her practice on litigating complex civil cases, with a particular focus on real estate, 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 the NASDAQ 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 sold by Goldman Sachs.

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 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. Ms. Switzenbaum has also been extensively involved in litigating securities cases against financial institutions such as Wells Fargo, 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, focusing on real estate, bankruptcy and zoning matters.