Robert Abrams | Of Counsel
New York
270 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10016

Phone:   212-545-4602
Fax:   212-545-4653
Email:   abrams@whafh.com



Robert Abrams is Of Counsel to the firm and focuses his practice on complex securities, ERISA and consumer actions.

He is currently active in litigation on behalf of securities brokers, bringing claims for overtime pay and improper deductions from compensation against six major brokerage houses under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Labor Law.

These cases include Lavoice v. Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.; Basile v. A.G. Edwards, Inc.; Rosenthal v. A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.; Palumbo v. Merrill Lynch; Garrison v. Merrill Lynch; Roles v. Morgan Stanley; Lenihan v. Morgan Stanley; Klein v. Ryan Beck; and Badain v. Wachovia.

He has been part of the leadership or co-leadership structure in the consolidated national cases against Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Wachovia, Prudential, A.G. Edwards and Ryan Beck, all of which have been successfully settled.

He was co-lead counsel in In re Tyson Foods, Inc., before the Delaware Chancery Court, alleging claims of breach of fiduciary duty in connection with related party transactions and spring loading of options for Tyson management. The case was settled when Tyson agreed to certain governance changes.

Mr. Abrams was the firm’s primary representative to the executive committee representing NationsBank shareholders in In re BankAmerica Corp. Sec. Litig., which resulted in an award of $490 million to NationsBank and BankAmerica shareholders. He was also co-lead counsel in a New York state consumer protection class action against AT&T Wireless Corp., Naevus v. AT&T Corp., which resulted in an award valued at $40 million for the class members.

Mr. Abrams is a former Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of books on the theory of collective choice (Columbia University Press) and voting theory (Sage), as well as articles on Soviet politics, game theory, bargaining and negotiations.

He was admitted to the New York State Bar and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1993. He has also been admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the district courts for the Eastern District of Missouri, the District of Maryland and the District of Delaware.

Mr. Abrams is a graduate of Haverford College, Columbia University (Ph.D) and Brooklyn Law School.

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Practice Areas

Class Action Litigation

Institutional Investor Sv

Overtime and Compensation

Securities Litigation

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