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Lerach, Coughlin, Stoia, Geller, Rudman & Robbins, LLP [By Anique Gonzalez] Lerach, Coughlin, Stoia, Geller, Rudman & Robbins, LLP, is comprised of 180 members located in numerous cities across the United States, including New York and Los Angeles. The firm has several practice areas, including securities, antitrust, insurance, consumer, environment, and public-health class actions. The firm boasts a varied staff that includes attorneys “who left partnerships at other firms or came to Lerach Coughlin from federal, state, and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies, including dozens of former federal prosecutors. Lerach Coughlin also includes more than 25 former federal (circuit and district) and state judicial clerks.” In fact, two of the firm’s most recent arrivals include a former federal judge and a former United States Assistant Attorney.

Recently, the firm has been involved in

Eck, were nominated for the California State

individuals who donate a minimum of 150

several highly publicized class-action

Bar President’s Pro Bono Law Firm of the

hours per year to pro bono cases. The San

lawsuits involving AOL Time Warner

Year award for their participation in Sanchez

Diego office, of which Isaacson, Sweeney,

and the now-infamous Enron. As the

v. County of San Diego.

and Eck are currently members, also

reader will probably recall, in 2001, it was discovered that high-ranking Enron officials were involved in accounting fraud, which eventually forced the company to file for bankruptcy. When investors filed suit against Enron’s directors, Lerach Coughlin served as sole lead counsel, eventually earning a settlement that forced many of Enron’s directors to personally pay for much of the agreement. Lerach Coughlin’s expertise in the class-action arena is exemplified by the fact that the firm has recovered more than $45 billion as a result of such lawsuits. In addition to playing a prominent role in

received the SDVLP 1999 Pro Bono Law Firm

Sanchez v. County of San Diego was filed on behalf of welfare applicants in response to San Diego County’s Project 100%. According to the firm’s website, “Under Project 100%, investigators from the San Diego D.A.’s office, Public Assistance Fraud Division, enter and search the home of every person who applies for welfare benefits, even though there is no suspicion of fraud or wrongdoing […].” While a summary judgment was granted in the county’s favor (an appeal is currently pending), San Diego County did agree to settle claims relating to its violation of state statutes.

well-known and highly lucrative cases,

of the Year award as a result of its work on Badua v. City of San Diego. The case, which involved a woman who sued the City of San Diego as a result of the benefits she received under the city’s long-term disability program, was eventually settled out of court. ON THE NET Lerach, Coughlin, Stoia, Geller, Rudman & Robbins, LLP www.lerachlaw.com Enron www.enron.com/corp

Lerach Coughlin stresses the importance

In addition to their California State Bar

of giving back and helping individuals who

nominations, Isaacson, Sweeney, and Eck

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

do not possess the means to pay for legal

were awarded San Diego Volunteer Lawyer

www.sdvlp.org

services. In 2003, three of the firm’s lawyers,

Program (SDVLP) Distinguished Service

Eric Isaacson, Bonny Sweeney, and Amber

awards. These awards are bestowed upon

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