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Julie Goldsmith Reiser

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC

Washington, DC, USA

Julie Goldsmith Reiser is a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and member of the Firm’s Securities Fraud/Investor Protection practice group.  She has extensive experience with case generation, motion practice, developing and implementing discovery strategies, depositions, expert discovery and case resolution. Ms. Reiser focuses much of her practice on enforcement of the federal securities laws on behalf of sophisticated domestic and international institutional investors.  She has represented these investors in class action and individual “opt-out” actions as well as in transaction-related litigation in Delaware Chancery Court.

Ms. Reiser currently works on several high-profile securities fraud actions seeking to return assets lost due to corporate fraud.  She represents the New York State Common Retirement Fund in a securities class action against BP p.l.c. and certain of its former officers and directors.  She also represents Iowa, Oregon and Orange County public retirement systems in a class action litigation against Countrywide related to its issuance of mortgage-backed securities, where a $500 million settlement was finally approved. Ms. Reiser also represented Iowa PERS in the MBS actions against Bear Stearns ($500 million settlement reached); Harborview ($275 million settlement); and IndyMac ($340 million settlement).

Ms. Reiser acted as co-lead counsel representing investors in the largest fraud in European corporate history, In re Parmalat Sec. Litig. (S.D.N.Y., $90 million).  She was co-lead counsel in In re SCOR Holding (Switzerland) Securities Litigation (S.D.N.Y., $140 million) and was a member of the team representing Pacific Life Insurance Company in an opt-out action against WorldCom.

In the employment area, Ms. Reiser represented and settled claims on behalf of African American employees who claimed that Kroger discriminated against them in pay and promotions in Wade v. Kroger (W.D. Ky.).  She was involved in the litigation and successful settlement of Beck v. The Boeing Co. (W. D. Wash.), which alleged sex discrimination in compensation and promotions and was resolved for $72.5 million.

Ms. Reiser served as Co-Chair for CLE International’s 9th Annual Class Action Conference where she also was a panelist speaking on the Class Standing Doctrine. 

Ms. Reiser is the author of “Dodd Frank’s Protections for Senior Citizens: An Important, Yet Insufficient Step,” University of Cincinnati Law Review, Volume 81, Issue 2, May 30, 2013; “Why Courts Should Favor Certification of MBS Actions,” ABA Securities Litigation Journal, Volume 22, Number 1, Fall 2011; and the co-author of “The Misapplication of American Pipe Tolling Principles,” ABA Securities Litigation Journal, Volume 21, Number 2, Winter 2011.  She also co-authored Opt-Outs: Making Private Enforcement of the Securities Laws Even Better, featured in the Winter/Spring 2008 edition of the ABA's Class Action and Derivative Suit Committee Newsletter and Companies in the Cross Hairs: When Plaintiffs Lawyers Choose Their Targets, They Look for These Employment Practices, The Legal Times, February 21, 2005. 

Since 2012, Ms. Reiser has been selected as a “Super Lawyer”.  She also has been named a “Leading Plaintiffs Star in the District of Columbia” by Benchmark Litigation, the Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, a “Local Litigation Star” in District of Columbia in the 2014 Benchmark Plaintiff, The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Plaintiff Firms and Attorneys, and has also been recognized as one of the Top 150 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Plaintiff.

Ms. Reiser, who joined Cohen Milstein in 1999, graduated from Vassar College (B.A. with honors) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.).  She is admitted to practice in Washington State and the District of Columbia as well as the Fifth and Ninth Circuits.


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