Bernstein Liebhard LLP is pleased to announce that Michael S. Bigin, formerly Senior Counsel to the Firm, became a member of the Firm effective January 1, 2013.

Mr. Bigin joined the Firm in 2002 as an associate after successfully litigating a number of securities class actions on behalf of investors.  Mr. Bigin continues to represent individuals, hedge funds, unions, and state institutional investors in various high-stakes litigations.  Mr. Bigin has been substantially involved in some of the largest securities class actions at the Firm, including:  In re Marsh & McLennan Cos., Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 04-CV-8144 (CM) (S.D.N.Y.) ($400 million recovery); In re Royal Dutch/Shell Transport Securities Litigation, No. 04-374 (JAP) (D.N.J.) (U.S. settlement with a minimum cash value of $138.3 million and a contingent value of more than $180 million, in addition to a related European settlement of $350 million that the Firm was substantially responsible for obtaining); and In re Cigna Corp. Securities Litigation, No. 02 CV 8088 (E.D. Pa.) ($93 million recovery).

Mr. Bigin has also successfully represented clients in commercial disputes, and has championed the rights of plaintiffs alleging consumer injuries, antitrust violations, and deprivations of constitutional rights.

Mr. Bigin received his J.D. in 1999 from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was a Law School Academic Scholarship recipient, a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.  Mr. Bigin is admitted to practice in the States of New York and Connecticut, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP represents individual and institutional clients in private and class action litigation.  As a result of the Firm’s efforts and accomplishments, Bernstein Liebhard LLP has been named by The National Law Journal to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List” for the past ten years.  It is one of only two firms nationwide to be recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the top plaintiff’s law firms in the country over this ten year period.  The Legal 500, a guide to the best commercial law firms in the United States, also included the Firm in its publication for the past four years.

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