Robert I. Harwood
Robert I. Harwood, senior partner of the Firm, graduated from William and Mary Law School in 1971, and has specialized in securities law and securities litigation since beginning his career in 1972 at the Enforcement Division of the New York Stock Exchange. He has prosecuted numerous securities, class, derivative, and ERISA actions. He is a member of the Trial Lawyers' Section of the New York State Bar Association and has served as a guest lecturer at trial advocacy programs sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute. Mr. Harwood has been consistently identified as a New York Metro Super Lawyer. Mr. Harwood is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the MFY Legal Services Inc., which provides free legal representation in civil matters to the poor and the mentally ill in New York City. Since 1999, Mr. Harwood has served as a Village Justice of Dobbs Ferry, New York.
Commenting on Mr. Harwood's abilities, in In re Royal Dutch/Shell
Transport ERISA Litigation, (D.N.J.), Judge Bissell stated:
"the Court knows the attorneys in the firms involved in this
matter and they are highly experienced and highly skilled in matters
of this kind. Moreover, in this case it showed. Those efforts were
vigorous, imaginative and prompt in reaching the settlement of this
matter with a minimal amount of discovery . . . . So both skill and
efficiency were brought to the table here by counsel, no doubt about
Likewise, Judge Hurley stated in connection with In re Olsten
Corporation Securities Litigation, 97 CV-5056 (E.D.N.Y. Aug.
31, 2001), wherein a settlement fund of $24.1 million was created:
"The quality of representation here I think has been excellent."
Mr. Harwood was lead attorney in Meritt v. Eckerd, 86 Civ.
1222 (E.D.N.Y. May 30, 1986), where then Chief Judge Weinstein observed
that counsel conducted the litigation with "speed and skill"
resulting in a settlement having a value "in the order of $20
Million Dollars." Mr. Harwood prosecuted the Hoeniger v.
Aylsworth class action litigation in the United States District
Court for the Western District of Texas (SA-86-CA-939), which resulted
in a settlement fund of $18 million and received favorable comment
in the August 14, 1989 edition of The Wall Street Journal ("Prospector
Fund Finds Golden Touch in Class Action Suit" p. 18, col. 1).
Mr. Harwood served as co-lead counsel in In Re Interco Incorporated
Shareholders Litigation, Consolidated C.A. No. 10111 (Delaware
Chancery Court) (May 25, 1990), resulting in a settlement of $18.5
million, where V.C. Berger found:
"This is a case that has an extensive record that establishes
it was very hard fought. There were intense efforts made by plaintiffs'
attorneys and those efforts bore very significant fruit in the face
of serious questions as to ultimate success on the merits."
Mr. Harwood served as lead counsel in Morse v. McWhorter,
(Columbia/HCA Healthcare Securities Litigation) (M.D. Tenn.), in
which a settlement fund of $49.5 million was created for the benefit
of the Class, as well as In re Bank One Securities Litigation,
(N.D. Ill.), which resulted in the creation of a $45 million settlement
fund. Mr. Harwood also served as co-lead counsel in In re Safety-Kleen
Corp. Stockholders Litigation, (D.S.C.), which resulted in a
settlement fund of $44.5 million; In re Laidlaw Stockholders
Litigation, (D.S.C.), which resulted in a settlement fund of
$24 million; In re AIG ERISA Litigation, (S.D.N.Y.), which
resulted in a settlement fund of$24.2 million; In re JWP Inc.
Securities Litigation, (S.D.N.Y.), which resulted in a $37 million
settlement fund; In re Oxford Health Plans, Inc. Derivative Litigation,
(S.D.N.Y.), which resulted in a settlement benefit of $13.7 million
and corporate therapeutics; and In re UNUMProvident Corp. Securities
Litigation, (D. Me.), which resulted in the creation of settlement
fund of $45 million.