Pro Bono

As one of the most formidable securities law firms in the country, Robbins Geller is widely recognized for obtaining record-breaking recoveries, including the largest securities class action recovery in history ($7.2 billion in In re Enron Corp. Sec. Litig.). But a law firm’s success isn’t solely measured in terms of recovery amount, which is why serving the community is a major priority for Robbins Geller.

“Over the years the Firm has dedicated considerable time, energy, and the full range of its resources for many pro bono and charitable actions that aren’t related to securities fraud,” said partner Darren Robbins, adding that the Firm works “hard to be good citizens who give back to the communities we live and work in.”

Boasting a long list of pro bono and charitable actions, Robbins Geller has been honored for its efforts by several establishments, including the California State Bar (which has nominated the Firm for the President’s Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year award). The Firm and its professional staff have proudly extended their time and resources to a broad spectrum of causes (including the Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, Rady Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, to name a few). But most recently, Robbins Geller has assisted in the representation of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (“ASD”).

For instance, Robbins Geller is litigating a lawsuit against the New York State Education Department and the New York City school district in which the Firm is fighting to remedy flawed educational policies and practices that cause substantial harm to these and other similar children year after year. Plaintiffs allege that defendants fail to provide adequate special education services and accommodations to children, in violation of federal and state law, and instead unlawfully instituted and continue to implement systemic policies, procedures and practices that deprive children with disabilities (including those with ASD) of substantive educational services and procedural protections to which they are entitled. The proposed class members are at risk of losing (or already did lose) special education services to which they are entitled or were never afforded appropriate special education services that they require. In addition, the lawsuit seeks to improve the delivery of educational services to children diagnosed with ASD, as the New York City school district’s programs have not caught up with the changing needs of this diverse and growing population.

Robbins Geller also represented 19 San Diego County children diagnosed with ASD in their appeal of the San Diego Regional Center’s termination of funding for a crucial therapy. The victory resulted in a complete reinstatement of funding and set a precedent that allows other children to obtain the treatments they need.

From successfully obtaining political asylum for an impoverished Somali family whose ethnic minority faced systematic persecution and genocidal violence in Somalia to working with the ACLU in a class action filed on behalf of welfare applicants subject to San Diego County’s “Project 100%” program (which was favorably reported upon by the Harvard Law Review, The New York Times and The Colbert Report), Robbins Geller considers each win to be just as important as the last. Though Robbins Geller’s pro bono recoveries may at times be modest in scale, they are just as important to the Firm as the billion-dollar settlements. As name partner Darren Robbins told Bloomberg, “[S]uccess isn’t always measured in terms of dollars and cents. Over the years the Firm has dedicated considerable time, energy, and the full range of its resources for many pro bono and charitable actions that aren’t related to securities fraud…. We work hard to be good citizens who give back to the communities we live and work in.”