Berman Tabacco

The touchstone of a successful litigation is client engagement and satisfaction. We pride ourselves on our ability to work effectively with clients—to communicate and take on as much as possible so that they don’t have to.

Daniel E. Barenbaum
Partner

We’ve built our whistleblower practice around the concepts of integrity, selectivity and hard work, with a laser focus on our clients’ needs. By sticking to those core principles, we’ve gained a reputation for bringing only the most credible actions.

Bryan A. Wood
Partner

I am proud of the skilled and talented team that we’ve assembled to ensure that fiduciaries carry out their responsibilities.

Norman Berman
Partner

Our work is about trust—trust we earn by acting in our clients’ interests and getting the results they demand. That’s how we built our reputation: client by client, case by case.

Nicole Lavallee
Partner

I get great satisfaction knowing we’re helping the little guy. Our resources and know-how mean David can face Goliath armed with more than a slingshot.

Kathleen M. Donovan-Maher
Partner

We fight the good fight every day and we do it against the nation’s best defense lawyers. If that doesn’t keep you at the top of your game, nothing will.

Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr.
Partner

In our practice, the word ‘selective’ comes up again and again. We are as selective about our case recommendations as our clients are about choosing a law firm.

Leslie R. Stern
Partner

Our work here on behalf of public and union pension funds is in many ways an extension of what I did as an elected official. We fight for the working people.

Kevin Shelley
Of Counsel

Corporate Governance

Creating
Change

Corporate Governance

Creating
Change

Institutional investors know good corporate governance adds value to their long-term holdings and strengthens the financial markets as a whole. Shareholder lawsuits are an important tool in the fight for boardroom reform— and Berman Tabacco has worked to include corporate governance provisions in a number of settlements.

In a $40 million settlement against UCAR International, the firm won its client, the Florida State Board of Administration, the right to appoint a new member to UCAR’s board of directors. Several years ago, the firm negotiated a $50 million settlement on behalf of lead plaintiff Los Angeles County Employees’ Retirement Association that forced defendant Enterasys Networks to institute sweeping governance changes.

In evaluating potential areas for corporate governance reform, we often call upon the experience of our special counsel, Kevin Shelley. As a former California secretary of state and majority leader of the California State Assembly, Mr. Shelley fought for years to strengthen corporate governance laws. While secretary of state, he drafted new corporate accountability requirements and created a restitution fund for victims of corporate fraud, a program that remains in effect today. He offers unique insights about governance matters.

The firm also participates in a number of forums committed to shareowner activism and good governance. Those groups include the Council of Institutional Investors, the National Association of State Retirement Administrators, the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, the National Association of State Treasurers and the National Council on Teacher Retirement.

Corporate Governance

Creating
Change

Institutional investors know good corporate governance adds value to their long-term holdings and strengthens the financial markets as a whole. Shareholder lawsuits are an important tool in the fight for boardroom reform— and Berman Tabacco has worked to include corporate governance provisions in a number of settlements.

In a $40 million settlement against UCAR International, the firm won its client, the Florida State Board of Administration, the right to appoint a new member to UCAR’s board of directors. Several years ago, the firm negotiated a $50 million settlement on behalf of lead plaintiff Los Angeles County Employees’ Retirement Association that forced defendant Enterasys Networks to institute sweeping governance changes.

In evaluating potential areas for corporate governance reform, we often call upon the experience of our special counsel, Kevin Shelley. As a former California secretary of state and majority leader of the California State Assembly, Mr. Shelley fought for years to strengthen corporate governance laws. While secretary of state, he drafted new corporate accountability requirements and created a restitution fund for victims of corporate fraud, a program that remains in effect today. He offers unique insights about governance matters.

The firm also participates in a number of forums committed to shareowner activism and good governance. Those groups include the Council of Institutional Investors, the National Association of State Retirement Administrators, the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, the National Association of State Treasurers and the National Council on Teacher Retirement.