Firm Profile > Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC > Palm Beach Gardens, United States

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
2925 PGA Boulevard
Suite 200
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
United States

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): plaintiff Tier 1

The members of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC's civil rights and employment practice group are experienced in acting for employees from various industries in disputes. The focus of the group is on discrimination matters, such as age, race, disabilities, sexual orientation and gender as well as wage-and-hour claims. Practice head Joseph Sellers has more than 40 years of experience acting in the field. He and Christine Webber specialize in particular in class actions, while Kalpana Kotagal is noted for her knowledge in Title VII and Equal Pay Act cases. Shaylyn Cochran was promoted to partner. All mentioned individuals are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Sellers


CMST is a top worker-side law firm. The practitioners are smart, proactive, strategic, and incredibly collaborative with other allies and counsel. The firm’s attorneys uniquely reach out to affected worker communities to ensure that the litigation CMST is engaged in is aiming at the right problems and achieves the goals.’

Joseph Sellers is one of the smartest, most practical, hard-working attorneys in the business.’

Christine Webber’s motivation to provide the highest quality representation for her clients is obvious within a few minutes of speaking with her, and she is confident in her knowledge, skills, and abilities. Her steady demeanor is a calming presence.’

Civil litigation/class actions: plaintiff Tier 2

In the antitrust space, litigation heavyweight Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is focused on bringing original cases, but also represents plaintiffs in follow-on cases. The department excels at representing workers against employers with regard to sharing of wage data and no-poaching cases as well as class actions involving technology and securities. The practice group is co-chaired by Brent Johnson and Benjamin Brown, who also oversees the firm's Fifth Amendment takings litigation. Johnson assumed the role as co-chair in January 2020. Other key figures in the DC office include the 'extremely smart' Richard Koffman; Daniel Small, who represented the plaintiffs in two lawsuits regarding President Trump's alleged violations of the US Constitution's emoluments clauses; and Kit Pierson, noted for his 'excellent presence in court'. New York-based Sharon Robertson is praised for her work in pay-for-delay pharmaceutical lawsuits. The Washington DC office welcomed Daniel McCuaig from the DOJ's antitrust division in August 2019, and Laura Alexander left to take up a position at The American Antitrust Institute at the end of 2019.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Brown; Brent Johnson


‘CMST has top quality antitrust lawyers who work well in teams and have extensive experience.’

‘Rich Koffman is extremely smart with excellent judgment.’

‘Dan Silverman is very knowledgeable about economics and econometrics and knows well how to work with experts.’

‘Kit Pierson is wise and has an excellent presence in court.’

Product liability, mass tort and class action - plaintiff Tier 2

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is experienced in personal tort issues nationally and internationally. In particular, the firm has core strengths in representing consumers in environmental mass torts and product liability class actions, as well as in novel cases relating to data breach and guardrail safety. The practice group also is also rated for its personal injury work, including matters related to insurance fraud of injured persons. Florida-based mass tort specialist Theodore Leopold jointly heads the team alongside Leslie Kroeger, who focuses on high-profile products liability and wrongful death matters; and Andrew Friedman in Washington DC, who is known for expertise in class actions data privacy breaches.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Leopold; Leslie Kroeger; Andrew Friedman


‘The sophistication of their team stands out from others’

‘They have significant experience in these areas and the resources to handle anything’

‘They are willing to fight hard for their clients, but they are also practical and good to deal with’

‘Ted Leopold is the primary partner that I have been working with. He simply has a huge amount of experience in these areas. He has an excellent in-court presence and has always been fully prepared’

‘Emmy Levens has stood out from the mass of plaintiff lawyers we are dealing with for her intelligence and preparation.  Everybody on our side thinks she has been a star in the litigation’

Securities litigation: plaintiff Tier 2

Best known for its antitrust litigation practice, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC also has a strong securities litigation practice, which frequently handles class actions on behalf of some of the largest pension funds in the US. The practice has a 50-year history of success in class actions and it has a string of victories in cases relating to mortgage-backed securities in the wake of the global financial crisis. It served as court-appointed lead- or co-lead counsel in nine class actions against MBS issuers, the last of which returned more than $2bn to investors. Now, the firm's work has diversified and it is handling more event-driven securities class actions such as those arising from the misconduct of senior employees. Among these is an on-going matter concerning the sexual harassment of employees by a CEO. Managing partner Steven Toll and the greatly respected Julie Reiser in Washington DC are co-chairs of the eight-partner practice. Up-and-coming partner Michael Eisenkraft, also in Washington DC, prosecutes cases arising from the financial and commodity markets.

Practice head(s):

Steven Toll; Julie Reiser

Other key lawyers:


The firm shows sound judgment and is highly ethical. Julie Reiser is wonderful.

Carol Gilden is an outstanding attorney, exceptionally professional and a pleasure to deal with.

With over 90 lawyers in six offices, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC has been recognized as a ‘class-action powerhouse’ (Forbes); ‘the most effective law firm in the United States for lawsuits with a strong social and political component’ (Inside Counsel Magazine); and one of ‘America’s 25 most influential law firms’ (The Trial Lawyer).

For over 45 years, Cohen Milstein has fought corporate abuse, pursuing litigation on behalf of individuals, whistleblowers, public entities and other institutions in cases that have raised challenging, significant and often novel issues. The firm specializes in holding corporate malefactors accountable for their actions, despite the fact that they often have considerably more resources at their disposal than those damaged by their misconduct. Cohen Milstein has earned its reputation by winning complex cases that other law firms typically choose not to handle. The firm has litigated numerous groundbreaking cases, resulting in landmark decisions on previously untried issues involving price fixing, securities, consumer rights, civil rights and other far-reaching matters.

The breadth of the firm’s expertise differentiates it from other plaintiffs’ firms. Working together, Cohen Milstein attorneys benefit from their collective knowledge and experience, which often allows the firm to take a more creative approach to the issue at hand. Cohen Milstein litigates across a wide range of practice areas, including the following:

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust Benjamin D Brown
Antitrust Brent W. Johnson
Civil rights and employment Joseph M Sellers
Consumer protection Andrew N Friedman
Consumer protection Theodore J Leopold
Employee benefits/ERISA Karen L Handorf
Human rights Agnieszka Fryszman
Managed care abuse Leslie M. Kroeger
Managed care abuse Theodore J Leopold
Public client Betsy A Miller
Public client Victoria S Nugent
Securities litigation and investor protection Julie Goldsmith Reiser
Securities litigation and investor protection Steven J Toll
Unsafe and defective products Leslie M. Kroeger
Unsafe and defective products Theodore J Leopold
Whistleblower/False Claims Act Gary L Azorsky
Whistleblower/False Claims Act Jeanne A Markey
Number of Partners : 36
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 70
Other Staff : 75
Managing Partner : Steven J Toll (
Chair of the Executive Committee : Joseph M Sellers (
Other Offices : Chicago
Other Offices : New York
Other Offices : Palm Beach Gardens
Other Offices : Philadelphia
Other Offices : Raleigh