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[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 several highly publicized class-action lawsuits involving AOL Time Warner

Eck, were nominated for the California State Bar President’s Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year award for their participation in Sanchez

individuals who donate a minimum of 50 hours per year to pro bono cases. The San 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 200, it was discovered that high-ranking Enron officials

Sanchez v. County of San Diego was filed on

received the SDVLP 999 Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year award as a result of its work

were involved in accounting fraud, which

behalf of welfare applicants in response to

on Badua v. City of San Diego. The case,

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

San Diego County’s Project 00%. According to the firm’s website, “Under Project 00%, investigators from the San Diego D.A.’s office, Public Assistance Fraud Division,

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.

a settlement that forced many of Enron’s directors to personally pay for much of the

enter and search the home of every person who applies for welfare benefits, even though

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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.

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

Lerach, Coughlin, Stoia, Geller, Rudman & Robbins, LLP www.lerachlaw.com

In addition to playing a prominent role in

agree to settle claims relating to its violation of state statutes.

Enron

well-known and highly lucrative cases,

www.enron.com/corp

Lerach Coughlin stresses the importance of giving back and helping individuals who do not possess the means to pay for legal services. In 2003, three of the firm’s lawyers, Eric Isaacson, Bonny Sweeney, and Amber

In addition to their California State Bar nominations, Isaacson, Sweeney, and Eck were awarded San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP) Distinguished Service awards. These awards are bestowed upon

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program www.sdvlp.org

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