The law firm of Harwood Feffer LLP ("Harwood Feffer" or the "Firm")
specializes in complex, multi-party litigation with an emphasis
on securities class actions, shareholder class and derivative actions,
and ERISA litigation. The Firm also handles more general complex
commercial litigation involving allegations of breach of contract,
breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and negligence, as well as litigation
involving labor and employment, civil rights, consumer fraud, anti-competitive
conduct, and other commercial claims.
Harwood Feffer is dedicated to prosecuting socially useful actions
in the most efficient manner and with the highest level of professional
competence. The structure of the Firm allows us a far greater degree
of independence, flexibility, and satisfaction than a large firm
environment, without sacrificing the quality of representation necessary
to successfully litigate complex actions throughout the country.
The Firm maintains an excellent reputation -- among both the plaintiffs'
and defense bars. Our adversaries and co-counsel know that we take
a case to trial, if necessary, to achieve a satisfactory result
for our clients.
Harwood Feffer has been acknowledged by courts and by its peers
to be one of the leaders in the plaintiffs' shareholder advocacy
bar. In this regard, we have developed new law in the areas of tender
offers, fiduciary duty of corporate insiders to public shareholders
in mergers and takeovers, and general principles of required disclosure
to shareholders and institutional investors in public companies.
As a result, the Firm has been designated as lead, co-lead or
special counsel in numerous complex cases and other actions involving
shareholder rights and corporate governance. In the vast majority
of such actions, the Firm's skill and expertise has led to the recovery
of substantial monetary and equitable benefits for investors, stockholders,
corporations, and partnerships. By way of example, the following
litigated actions, in which the Firm served in a leadership capacity,
were all brought to highly successful conclusions: 1) In re First
Capital Holdings Corporation Financial Products Securities Litigation,
MDL 901 (C.D.Cal.) (restoration of over $1 billion in insurance
policies and benefits); 2) In re Royal Dutch/Shell Transport
ERISA Litigation, (D.N.J.) (creation of settlement fund of $90
million plus implementation of structural relief); 3) In re Prudential
Bache Energy Income Partnerships Securities Litigation, MDL
880 (E.D.La.) (creation of settlement fund in excess of $90 million);
4) In re JWP Inc. Securities Litigation, (S.D.N.Y.) (creation
of settlement fund in excess of $37 million); 5) Morse v. McWhorter,
(M.D. Tenn.)(creation of a settlement fund of $49.5 million on behalf
of investors in Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.); 6) In re BankOne
Securities Litigation, (N.D. Ill.) (creation of a $45 million
settlement fund); and 7) Sidney Morse, et al. v. Abbott Laboratories,
et al., (N.D. Ill.) (creation of a $14.1 million settlement
fund following a jury verdict for plaintiffs).
Courts have often recognized the Firm's skill in class, derivative,
and ERISA actions. For example, in In re Electro-Catheter Securities
Litigation, Judge Nicholas Politan of the District of New Jersey
[C]ounsel in this case are highly competent, very skilled
in this very specialized area and were at all times during the course
of the litigation that I participated in, which was perhaps the major
part of the Court litigation here, always well prepared, well spoken,
and knew their stuff and they are a credit to their profession. They
are the top of the line.
In J. Michael v. SFBC International, Inc.,
Judge Stanley R. Chesler of the District of New Jersey stated:
The Court . . . is delighted, quite frankly, to see the practicality
of counsel on both sides in this matter and that, indeed, settlement
in this case and at this early stage ends up with very substantial
and practical benefits to all the parties in this case and ultimately
to the corporation.