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Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
United States

Civil litigation/class actions: plaintiff Tier 2

Daniel Small and Benjamin Brown are at the helm of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC's practice, which represents a vast array of plaintiff clients including large conglomerates, small businesses and individuals. Kit Pierson and Brent Johnson recently obtained a favorable settlement for Sierra Drywall Systems in a class action against drywall and plaster suppliers on the grounds of a conspiracy to raise prices. In other highlights, Small collaborated with Johnson to advise an individual in a high-profile 'no-poach agreement' case against Pixar, Lucasfilm and other major animation and visual effect studios which colluded to not poach each other's employees. In New York, Sharon Robertson and of counsel Donna Evans acted as counsel to the end-payor class in pay-for-delay multi-district litigation in the pharmaceutical space. Richard Koffman is also a key name to note; he continues to assist current and former mixed martial artists in their class action against the UFC on the basis of its allegedly restrictive employment contracts.

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): plaintiff Tier 2

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC 'provides top-notch service across the board'. The team has a broad practice which covers a variety of employment matters and is led by the 'incredibly knowledgeableJoseph Sellers. It continues to represent a class of 69,000 female sales employees in a nationwide Title VII and Equal Pay Act dispute against Sterling Jewelers. Associate Shaylyn Cochran and Sellers, on behalf of blind students of BarBri, settled claims against the company for denying them fair and equal access to components of BarBri’s test prep offerings. Chochran is appreciated for always 'looking for new ways to press an important case forward'. Christine Webber, known to be 'strategic and collaborative', is experienced in wage-and-hour collective actions. Besides being active in plaintiffs' employment litigation, Kalpana Kotagal's diversity efforts are particularly noteworthy, and she co-authored the 'inclusion rider', a provision used in actors' and filmmakers' contracts committing to a certain level of diversity on set. Of counsel Michael Hancock's 'US Department of Labor experience brings an incredible depth of knowledge and strategy'. All lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Securities litigation - plaintiff Tier 2

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC 'evaluates cases in a very selective way', according to defense counsel. The firm has a track record of securing large settlements in securities class actions and it further built on that reputation last year. Up-and-coming partner Michael Eisenkraft in New York, along with Washington DC-based Steven Toll and Julie Reiser, co-chairs of the firm’s securities litigation and investor protection group. The team recently secured a $165m settlement in New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund v. NovaStar Mortgage, Inc, et al, which concerned mortgage-backed securities issued before the financial crisis; in September 2018, the Second Circuit dismissed as moot an interlocutory appeal by FHFA seeking to stay the final approval process. Daniel Sommers in DC acted for Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System in Nancy Schwartz v. Opus Bank, et al, and secured a $17m settlement to resolve allegations that Opus falsely represented that it had a disciplined and conservative approach to credit.

Product liability, mass tort and class actions - plaintiff Tier 3

Leveraging its extensive experience in class actions, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is regularly involved in environmental, automotive and consumer products litigation. Recent highlights include filing a putative nationwide class action against Apple alleging that iOS software operating system updates slow down the processing on iPhones, acting as co-lead class counsel in a toxic tort lawsuit brought against DuPont and its subsidiary Chemours by North Carolinians alleging exposure to toxic chemicals from water supply, and defending plaintiffs against hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators in a product liability litigation concerning the presence of carcinogenic chemicals in Chinese-manufactured laminate flooring. Theodore Leopold and Leslie Kroeger in Palm Beach and Andrew Friedman in Washington DC jointly lead the practice group.

With over 90 lawyers in seven 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 Daniel A Small
Civil rights and employment Joseph M Sellers
Civil rights and employment
Consumer protection Andrew N Friedman
Consumer protection Theodore J Leopold
Employee benefits/ERISA Karen L Handorf
Employee benefits/ERISA
Human rights Agnieszka Fryszman
Human rights
Managed care abuse Theodore J Leopold
Managed care abuse
Public client Betsy A Miller
Public client Victoria S Nugent
Securities litigation and investor protection Daniel S Sommers
Securities litigation and investor protection Steven J Toll
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 : 55
Other Staff : 70
Managing Partner : Steven J Toll (
Chair of the Executive Committee : Joseph M Sellers (
Other Offices : Chicago
Other Offices : Denver
Other Offices : New York
Other Offices : Palm Beach Gardens
Other Offices : Philadelphia
Other Offices : Raleigh