Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
212-554-1444 (firm fax)
Ms. Ross is involved in a variety of the firm’s litigation practice areas, focusing in particular on securities fraud, shareholder rights and other complex commercial matters. She has over a decade of experience as a civil and criminal litigator, and represents the firm’s institutional investor clients as counsel in a number of major pending actions.
A key member and leader of trial teams that have recovered billions of dollars for investors, Ms. Ross is widely recognized by industry observers for her professional achievements. Named a “Future Star” and one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation" in the nation by Benchmark, she has earned praise from Legal 500 US for her achievements, and is one of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America," part of an exclusive list of the top practitioners in the nation as compiled by leading legal journal Lawdragon.
Ms. Ross was a senior member of the team that prosecuted In re Bank of America Securities Litigation, which resulted in a landmark settlement shortly before trial of $2.425 billion, one of the largest securities recoveries ever obtained. In addition, she led the prosecution against Washington Mutual and certain of its former officers and directors for alleged fraudulent conduct in the thrift’s home lending operations, an action which settled for $208.5 million and represents one of the largest settlements achieved in a case related to the fallout of the subprime crisis and the largest recovery ever achieved in a securities class action in the Western District of Washington. Ms. Ross was also a key member of the team prosecuting In re The Mills Corporation Securities Litigation, which settled for $202.75 million, the largest recovery ever achieved in a securities class action in Virginia and the second largest recovery ever in the Fourth Circuit.
Most recently, she is a key member of the team that has obtained $140.9 million in partial settlements in the securities litigation arising from the collapse of former leading brokerage MF Global, which are currently pending court approval. Ms. Ross is also currently responsible for handling a number of other high-profile securities matters on behalf of the firm’s institutional clients, including the consolidated class action involving the alleged accounting fraud at prominent Delaware lender Wilmington Trust.
She has been a member of the trial teams in numerous other major securities litigations which have resulted in recoveries for investors in excess of $2 billion. Among other matters, Ms. Ross prosecuted the securities class action against New Century Financial Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) as well as In re Tronox Securities Litigation, In re Delphi Corporation Securities Litigation, In re Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. Derivative Litigation, In re Nortel Networks Corporation Securities Litigation and In re OM Group, Inc. Securities Litigation.
Ms. Ross handles pro bono matters on behalf of the firm and has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the trial advocacy program at the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.
Before joining BLB&G, Ms. Ross was a prosecutor in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office as well as an Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex County (Massachusetts) District Attorney’s Office.
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