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Max W. Berger

Max W. Berger

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann

New York, NY, USA

Max W. Berger
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP

Mr. Berger, the firm’s senior founding partner, supervises BLB&G’s litigation practice and prosecutes class and individual actions on behalf of the firm’s clients.

He has litigated many of the firm's most high-profile and significant cases, and has negotiated six of the largest securities fraud settlements in history, each in excess of a billion dollars:  Cendant ($3.3 billion); Citigroup–WorldCom ($2.575 billion); Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ($2.4 billion); JPMorgan Chase–WorldCom ($2 billion); Nortel ($1.3 billion); and McKesson ($1.04 billion).

Mr. Berger’s work has garnered him extensive media attention, and he has been the subject of feature articles in a variety of major media publications.  The New York Times highlighted his remarkable track record in an October 2012 profile entitled "Investors’ Billion-Dollar Fraud Fighter," which also discussed his role in the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Merger litigation.   In 2011, Mr. Berger was profiled twice as "Litigator of the Week" by The American Lawyer for his role in obtaining a $627 million recovery on behalf of investors in the In re Wachovia Corp. Securities Litigation, and for his role in negotiating a $516 million recovery in In re Lehman Brothers Equity/Debt Securities Litigation. Mr. Berger has also been the subject of numerous feature articles by other major media outlets – including BusinessWeek and The National Law Journal, among others– for his professional accomplishments.

Mr. Berger is widely recognized for his professional excellence and achievements.  Most recently, he was named one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal for being “front and center” in holding Wall Street banks accountable and obtaining over $5 billion in cases arising from the subprime meltdown; as well as for his work as a “master negotiator” in obtaining numerous multi-billion dollar recoveries for investors. For the past seven consecutive years, Mr. Berger has received the top attorney ranking in plaintiff securities litigation by Chambers USA. Benchmark Litigation (from the publishers of Institutional Investor and Euromoney) has consistently singled out Mr. Berger as one of New York’s “local litigation stars.”   Additionally, since their various inceptions, he has been named a “litigation star” by the Legal 500 USA Guide, and is regularly named as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” and “100 Securities Litigators You Need to Know” by Lawdragon magazine.  Mr. Berger was also named a leading lawyer in the field by The Best Lawyers in America guide, and one of “10 Legal Superstars” by Securities Law360.

Mr. Berger also serves the academic community in numerous capacities as a member of the Dean's Council to Columbia Law School, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Baruch College.  He has taught Profession of Law, an ethics course at Columbia Law School, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Columbia Law School's Center on Corporate Governance. In May 2006, he was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his contributions to Baruch College, and in February 2011, Mr. Berger received Columbia Law School's most prestigious and highest honor, "The Medal for Excellence." This award is presented annually to Columbia Law School alumni who exemplify the qualities of character, intellect, and social and professional responsibility that the Law School seeks to instill in its students.

Max W. Berger is associated with the following items:
Answer Book Chapters  Answer Book Chapters Laying the Groundwork for Mediation - Financial Services Mediation Answer Book (2017 Edition), Thursday, June 22, 2017

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