About the Team
The Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP whistleblower practice group includes attorneys with substantial experience fighting corporate fraud, both in the private sector and with the U.S. government, who will use their experience to assist you in exposing those who violate securities, commodities and tax laws, and those that defraud the government through healthcare programs like Medicare or the pharmaceutical industry, or government agencies, such as the Departments of Defense or Education.
The firm’s seasoned litigators include former prosecutors with decades of experience dealing with confidential witnesses and sensitive investigations. In addition, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP employs a world-class staff of certified fraud examiners, forensic accountants, economists and investigators who can provide assistance to corporate whistleblowers in evaluating whether a fraud has occurred.
Jonah H. Goldstein is a partner in the Firm’s San Diego office and responsible for prosecuting complex securities cases and obtaining recoveries for investors. Mr. Goldstein also represents corporate whistleblowers who report violations of the securities laws. Mr. Goldstein has achieved significant settlements on behalf of investors including in In re HealthSouth Sec. Litig. (over $670 million recovered against HealthSouth, UBS and Ernst & Young) and In re Cisco Sec. Litig. (approximately $100 million). Mr. Goldstein also served on the Firm’s trial team in In re AT&T Corp. Sec. Litig., MDL No. 1399 (D.N.J.), which settled after two weeks of trial for $100 million.
James E. Barz is a trial lawyer who has tried 18 federal and state jury trials to verdict and many other bench trials, evidentiary hearings and injunctive proceedings. Mr. Barz has argued nine cases in the Seventh Circuit. Since joining the Firm in 2011 and opening the Chicago office, Mr. Barz has focused on representing defrauded investors in securities class actions which have resulted in recoveries in excess of $200 million, including the largest class action settlement in Chicago in 2012 as reported by the Chicago Lawyer Magazine. He also represents investors in derivative litigation and whistleblowers who report violations of the law and seek financial rewards, whether for false claims, government fraud, Medicare fraud, Medicaid fraud, tax fraud, securities fraud, or SEC or CFTC violations.
Jerry E. Martin opened the Firm’sNashville office and is a member of the Firm’s whistleblower practice group and healthcare fraud task force. Prior to joining Robbins Geller, Mr. Martin served a three-year tenure as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, marked by his sweeping efforts to combat healthcare fraud and other forms of white collar crime. Mr. Martin has handled numerous high profile cases, including healthcare fraud, corporate fraud, and public corruption and was also the co-chair of the U.S. Attorney General’s healthcare fraud working group.
John Herman has spent his career handling complex litigation, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation. His practice focuses on vindicating the rights of famous innovators. Noteworthy cases of his include representing renowned inventor Ed Phillips in the landmark case of Phillips v. AWH Corp.; representing pioneers of mesh technology – David Petite, Edwin Brownrigg and IPCo – in a series of patent infringement cases on multiple patents; as well as acting as plaintiffs’ counsel in the Home Depot shareholder derivative action, which achieved landmark corporate governance reforms for investors.
Matthew S. Melamed represents whistleblowers who expose violations of the securities laws, and institutional and individual investors in securities fraud and common law fraud cases in federal and state courts throughout the country. Mr. Melamed has investigated and authored complaints filed with the SEC under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act on behalf of whistleblowers who alleged violations of the federal securities laws, and has actively assisted SEC attorneys in their investigation of the violations alleged. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Melamed served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and as an attorney at Public Justice, PC.
Aelish Marie Baig is a partner in the Firm’s San Francisco office specializing in federal securities, derivative and consumer class actions. Ms. Baig has litigated a number of cases through jury trial, resulting in multi-million dollar awards or settlements for her clients. She has prosecuted securities fraud, derivative and consumer class actions against corporations such as Huffy, Pall, Verizon, Constellation Energy and Wells Fargo. She was part of the trial team in White v. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, which resulted in a $21 million settlement and Verizon's agreement to an injunction restricting its ability to impose early termination fees in future subscriber agreements. Her prosecution of Pall for tax fraud resulted in a $22.5 million settlement. Ms. Baig also prosecuted numerous stock option backdating actions, securing tens of millions of dollars in cash recoveries, as well as the implementation of comprehensive corporate governance enhancements for companies victimized by fraudulent stock option practices. Having litigated extensively against giants in the banking and pharmaceutical industries, Ms. Baig has a comprehensive and far-reaching knowledge of potential fraud and abuse issues pervasive in government-insured lending and medical billing.
Mark J. Dearman is Of Counsel in the Firm’s Boca Raton office. Mr. Dearman is responsible for prosecuting complex litigation matters, which include securities fraud class actions, derivative actions, and consumer class actions. Prior to joining the Firm, he practiced in the insurance industry and is able to offer intimate and unparalleled knowledge of the potential fraud and abuse issues extant in coding procedures and the medical billing industry. During Mr. Dearman’s 20 years of practice, he obtained extensive federal and state jury trial experience defending publicly traded corporations in cases involving fraud. Some of Mr. Dearman’s recent representative cases include: In re Apple iPhone 4 Prods. Liab. Litig., No. 5:10-md-2188 (N.D. Cal.); Jeremiah Johnson v. General Mills, Inc., No. SACV-10-00061 (C.D. Cal.); In re Clorox Consumer Litig., 894 F. Supp. 2d 1224 (N.D. Cal. 2012); In re Tradestation Grp. Inc. S’holder Litig, No. 1110195 (Fla. 17th Jud. Cir. Ct., Broward Cnty.); In re RailAmerica Inc. S’holder Litig, No. 12-CA-008207 (Fla. 4th Jud. Cir. Ct., Duval Cnty.). Mr. Dearman’s extensive defense background and trial experience is a unique asset which Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP utilizes in protecting the rights of those who have been harmed by corporate misconduct.
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP is committed to fighting for our whistleblower clients in their courageous efforts to combat fraud. We are dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the compensation and protection they deserve. If you are aware of any securities, commodities, or tax law violations or fraud on the government and would like to consult with us on a confidential basis about a potential whistleblower case, please contact Jonah H. Goldstein or James E. Barz.