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The Weiser Difference

This is not your father's law firm

welcome-roomThis is not your father’s law firm. The Weiser Law Firm, P. C. is comprised of uniquely exceptional individuals who passionately believe in protecting investors, employees and consumers and they bring that passion, their perspective and their personalities to the actions they litigate. What this means for our clients is that we can take a “good” case and make it better, solve problems (or create solutions) that other fine law firms cannot, or prevent small issues from becoming greater problems.

The professionals at the Firm have created a record of excellence that rivals that of any boutique law firm in the United States that practices in their chosen field, and that is a testament to their skill, tenacity and devotion. But the track record of the Firm is also a testament to the clients it represents – a skillful lawyer can take mediocre facts and produce a “good” result (and indeed, can transform “good” facts into an outstanding result) – those individuals or institutions that seek to vindicate their rights against some of the world’s largest corporations. The Firm’s clients are the bedrock of its success and the professionals here never forget that fact.

records1-webSome of the core values of the Firm are professionalism, courtesy, respect, compassion and selectivity, and they run throughout all we do, both at the Firm and in the communities we live in or serve. The professionals at the Firm believe that being successful means giving back, so you may see them raising funds for a charitable function the day after you see them in court.

The Firm could not maintain its standards by filing every case in which it is or could be retained, so it seeks to represent clients in cases where they can both serve the client’s interests and favorably impact the rights of other investors or consumers, and not just in one case; rather, our ambition is to improve all investor or consumer rights on a going-forward basis, and that’s what we achieve in our most successful cases. That’s why the professionals at the firm do what they do: one plaintiff in one case can protect or improve the rights of investors or consumers in the future and we see this happen every day. As just one example, through the efforts of skilled practitioners (including those at the Firm) in the mergers & acquisitions field, it is much more difficult for majority owners to take unfair advantage of minority stockholders in a buyout than it once was. The attorneys at the Firm also strongly believe that strong, independent corporate governance creates stockholder value. Thus, as a result (in part) of the efforts of the professionals at the Firm, boards of directors nationwide exercise more independent oversight of the managers they supervise. These are just two examples, of what one plaintiff and one case (or, in some situations, a series of cases) can achieve.

There is a greater disconnect than ever between corporate America’s officers & directors and the stockholders they are supposed to serve. Certainly, some boards of directors have forgotten this simple, fundamental principle; that they are meant to serve the interests of the corporation’s owners, which in most cases, are the corporation’s public stockholders. Some say that corporate America, with its army of brilliant, high-priced lawyers will always be one step ahead of investors and consumers and that as soon as one problem is “fixed”, enterprising corporate counsel will produce another that favors corporate America at the expense of investors or consumers. We don’t know if that’s true or not, but we do know this; there is something that one stockholder (or one consumer) can do about it in one case. To learn more about the Weiser difference, please contact Robert Weiser at 1-866-934-7372. If you’re ever in the beautiful western suburbs of Philadelphia (on its fabled “Main Line”), stop by and learn about the Weiser difference in-person. If you visit in the summertime, and it’s lunchtime, you may find that Rob Weiser cooks you a hamburger on the patio grill.

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What We Do

Our quality standards apply also in terms of service, expertise and advice. Our dedicated employees are happy to assist you with know-how and experience in your daily business.

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

The firm’s M&A department focuses it’s practice on challenges to board/management misconduct in connection with corporate mergers and acquisitions, in order to ensure that shareholders interests are protected. The Firm has substantial experience in the prosectuion of these cases, specializing in breach of fiduciary duty actions, and the resources necessary to efficiently conduct this type of litigation.

SECURITIES

The firm is also involved in securities litigation involving suits against companies whose shareholders have suffered losses as the result of violations of the federal securities laws.

WHISTLEBLOWER LITIGATION

The firm’s whistleblower litigation department represents individuals who expose activity that has harmed or defrauded the government. Our attorneys focus their practice on the representation of whistleblowers bringing claims pursuant to the False Claims Act and through the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Whistleblower Program

DERIVATIVE

The derivative department at the firm initiates actions by shareholders on behalf of corporations against officers, directors and other parties responsible for corporate wrongdoing. The department takes special interest in matters involving corporate governance issues.

 

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YOU CAN MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. WEISER LAW FIRM CAN HELP.

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Patricia Weiser

 

Ms. Weiser, a founding member of the firm, received her law degree from the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. While in law school, she served as an intern for the Honorable Clarence J. Newcomer, U.S.D.J. for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Weiser’s practice is focused on shareholder class action litigation challenging management misconduct in connection with corporate takeovers and disputed contests for corporate control.

Ms. Weiser participated as lead or co-lead counsel in the following notable cases where significant benefits were achieved for shareholders:(Click the links to read more)

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Robert Weiser

Keeping an Eye On Corporate America

Mr. Weiser, a founding member of the firm, received his law degree from the Villanova University School of Law. While in law school, he also served as a legal intern for the Honorable Clarence J. Newcomer, U.S.D.J. for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Mr. Weiser’s practice is focused primarily on shareholder derivative litigation and ERISA class action litigation. Mr. Weiser has been involved in some of the most successful shareholder derivative actions in history. While employed at his prior firm, Mr. Weiser managed the firm’s shareholder derivative litigation practice, with a particular focus on corporate governance matters.

Some of the notable cases in which Mr. Weiser has served as lead or co-lead counsel include:

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Work

We believe our work speaks for itself. Scroll through the carousel below to see our projects.

Velti PLC Securities Litig., Master File No. 3:13-cv-03889-WHO (N.D. Cal. Feb. 3, 2015)
Delhaize America
Travelocity
Sodexho Marriot
KB Home Derivative Litig., Master File No. BC355179 (Cal. Super. Ct., Los Angeles Cnty.)
Vitacost Derivative Litigation
In re KeyCorp Derivative Litigation
David, et al., v. Wolfen, et al., Lead Case No. 01-CC-03930 (the Broadcom Derivative Action)
Barry v. Cotsakos, CV 49084 (San Mateo County, CA) (the “Etrade Derivative Litigation”)
Klotz v. Parfet, et al., Case No. 03-06483-CK (In the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Michigan) (the “CMS Derivative Litigation”)
Gebhardt v. Allumbaugh, et al., Case No. 2002-13602 (Harris County, Texas)(the “El Paso Derivative Litigation”)
Eliasoph v. Johnson, C.A. No. 05BCVS-3698 (North Carolina General Civil Litigation Court)(the “SPX Derivative Litigation”)
Wanstrath v. Doctor R. Crants, et al., C.A. No. 99-1719-III (Tenn. Chan. Ct., 20th Judicial District, 1999)(the “Prison Realty Derivative Litigation”)
Huscher v. Curley, et. al., No. 00 Civ. 21379 (Mich. Cir. Ct., 2000) (the “Sotheby’s Derivative Litigation”)
Art Technology Group, Inc., Shareholders Litig.
Unocal Exploration Corp. Shareholders Litigation
Weigard v. Hicks, et al (Healthgrades)
Mediacom Communications Corp.
Atlas Energy, Inc. Shareholder Litigation
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THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER’S LAW FIRM

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We believe in a diverse range of personel to bring creative skills, thoughts, and ideas to the table.

Patricia Weiser

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Robert Weiser

Robert Weiser

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Brett D. Stecker

Brett D. Stecker

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Kathleen Herkenhoff

Kathleen Herkenhoff

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James Ficaro

James Ficaro

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Christopher L Nelson

Christopher L Nelson

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Ross M. Wolfe

Ross M. Wolfe

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Terri Goldstone

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Patricia Weiser

Patricia Weiser

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Phone:(610) 225-0283
Email:pw@weiserlawfirm.com

Ms. Weiser, a founding member of the firm, received her law degree from the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. While in law school, she served as an intern for the Honorable Clarence J. Newcomer, U.S.D.J. for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Robert Weiser

Robert Weiser

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Phone: (610) 225-2616
Email: rw@weiserlawfirm.com

Mr. Weiser, a founding member of the firm, received his law degree from the Villanova University School of Law. While in law school, he also served as a legal intern for the Honorable Clarence J. Newcomer, U.S.D.J. for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Mr. Weiser’s practice is focused on shareholder derivative litigation and securities class action litigation. Mr. Weiser has been involved in some of the most successful shareholder derivative actions in history. While employed at his prior firm, Mr. Weiser managed the firm’s shareholder derivative litigation practice, with a particular focus on corporate governance matters.

Brett D. Stecker

Brett D. Stecker

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Phone: (610) 225-0285
Email: bds@weiserlawfirm.com
Mr. Stecker is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and of Villanova University School of Law. While in college, Mr. Stecker earned a B.A. in Government and served as a legislative intern for United States Senator Alfonse M. D’Amato. While in law school, Mr. Stecker served as an Executive Member of the Moot Court Board and represented Villanova in national competitions. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Stecker was an associate with the Litigation Department of Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia, PA. After two years at that firm, Mr. Stecker moved to Weir & Partners, LLP, a boutique commercial litigation firm in Philadelphia, where he focused his practice on banking litigation in cases dealing with consumer lending, check fraud, and the enforcement of guarantee and other security agreements.

At The Weiser Law Firm, Mr. Stecker concentrates his practice on shareholder derivative and securities litigation.

Kathleen Herkenhoff

Kathleen Herkenhoff

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Phone: (858) 794-1441
Email: kah@weiserlawfirm.com

Ms. Herkenhoff joined The Weiser Law Firm in January 2010, opening the firm’s San Diego, California office. As detailed below, Ms. Herkenhoff has been exclusively litigating securities actions for 16 years, first at the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and most recently as a Partner at Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP in San Diego.

Ms. Herkenhoff earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of California (Berkeley) in 1989. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1993, where she was on the Dean’s Honor List and received American Jurisprudence Awards in both Constitutional Law and Agency-Partnership. Following law school, Ms. Herkenhoff worked at the SEC’s Los Angeles office, investigating and prosecuting complex securities fraud and insider trading actions.

In 1997, Ms. Herkenhoff joined Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP in Los Angeles, California, and ultimately moved to the firm’s San Diego office, where she served as a Partner from 2002 to 2009 (the San Diego office became known as Coughlin Stoia). Over the past 12 years at Coughlin Stoia, Ms. Herkenhoff has practiced in all areas of securities class and derivative litigation, working tirelessly to achieve nearly one billion in settlement recoveries for victimized shareholders. Many of these settlements also include sweeping corporate governance improvements negotiated by Ms. Herkenhoff.
Ms. Herkenhoff continues her nearly two decades of securities litigation experience by joining the firm’s extensive securities and derivative practice groups. Ms. Herkenhoff is licensed to practice law in all California state and federal courts, as well as in the District of Colorado.

James Ficaro

James Ficaro

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Phone: (610) 225-0206
Email: jmf@weiserlawfirm.com

Mr. Ficaro earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance from the McComb School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and earned his Master of Public Policy from George Mason University. Mr. Ficaro graduated with a J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and served on the Editorial Board of the Political and Civil Rights Law Review.

Prior to joining the Weiser Law Firm, Mr. Ficaro spent nearly five years in the financial services industry, most recently as an associate at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. At The Weiser Law Firm, Mr. Ficaro litigates a broad range of securities class actions, including corporate mergers, acquisitions and buyouts in state and federal courts across the country. Mr. Ficaro is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and holds the Series 7 & 66 FINRA securities licenses.

Christopher L Nelson

Christopher L Nelson

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Phone: (610) 249-0005
Email: cln@weiserlawfirm.com

Mr. Nelson, of counsel to the firm, received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and his B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals for the 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Circuits, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Nelson’s practice focuses on plaintiff-side whistleblower litigation, securities class action litigation, civil appellate litigation, and broker/dealer arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Prior to joining the Weiser Law Firm, Mr. Nelson was a partner at Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP.

Ross M. Wolfe

Ross M. Wolfe

Phone: (610) 228-0295
Email: rmw@weiserlawfirm.com

Mr. Wolfe is a graduate of the Catholic University of America with a B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in finance. Mr. Wolfe earned his J.D. Cum Laude from the George Washington University Law School. Mr. Wolfe is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Prior to joining the Weiser Law Firm, Mr. Wolfe worked in the Office of Chief Counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets. While at the SEC, Mr. Wolfe worked on a variety of matters, including statutory disqualifications, Enforcement matters involving broker-dealers, and Crowdfunding under the JOBS Act. At the Weiser Law Firm, Mr. Wolfe concentrates his practice on whistleblower, shareholder derivative and securities litigation.

Terri Goldstone

Terri Goldstone

Terri Goldstone is a graduate of American University in Washington DC with a B.A. in Pre-Law and Economics. Ms. Goldstone earned her J.D. from Emory University School of Law from which she graduated in the top 25% of her class.
Ms. Goldstone’s legal career started as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted a wide array of criminal cases from indictment through trial. Ms. Goldstone began in private practice as an attorney with Schwartz Goldstone and Campisi LLP where she was the lead attorney in managing relations with Union clients and became an active supporter in the Labor Movement.
Ms. Goldstone is a highly recognized attorney who specializes in working with Institutional Investors on shareholder, derivative and securities litigation. Prior to joining The Weiser Law Firm, Ms. Goldstone worked as Of Counsel at Labaton Sucharow on security litigation matters and represented clients whose worth totaled more than 10 billion dollars in assets.

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Our Offices

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Pennsylvania Office

22 Cassatt Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312
Phone: (610) 225-2677
Fax: (610) 408-8062


California Office

12707 High Bluff Drive, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92130
Phone: (858) 794-1441
Fax: (858) 794-1450


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