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Cohen, Placitella & Roth Announces Three New Additions to Its Complex Litigation Group

As reported in Law360 on October 10, 2013

Cohen Placitella & Roth, PC is pleased to announce that Robert L. Pratter, Jacob A. Goldberg and Alessandra C. Phillips have joined the firm’s complex litigation group.

Robert L. Pratter, a commercial litigator with a focus on corporate governance and insurance regulatory and transaction matters, joins the firm as a member after more than 30 years at Duane Morris, LLP. He has also served as acting Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner, Executive Deputy General Counsel for Litigation for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel, and general counsel to PMA Capital Corporation, an insurance holding company. Mr. Pratter has represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in major litigation involving insurance health care reform, prevailing wage enforcement, environmental, civil rights and natural resources.

About his move to Cohen Placitella & Roth, Mr. Pratter stated, “I have been co-counsel with Cohen Placitella & Roth in major cases over the past five years where I experienced first-hand the firm’s skill and dedication to its clients’ causes. I am excited to have the opportunity to join a group of talented lawyers whom I have come to know and respect as the firm has increased its presence in major securities, antitrust and other complex litigation. I am also very grateful to my partners and colleagues at Duane Morris for the many years of friendship and for providing me with a professional home that continually promoted excellence. I also look forward to further developing the harmonious relationship between these two great firms.”

For over 20 years, Jacob A. Goldberg has litigated complex cases at the highest levels, championing the rights of investors, employees and consumers. Mr. Goldberg’s practice focuses on class action litigation under the federal securities laws, the enforcement of states’ corporation laws, the protection of consumers and integrity of markets and enforcement of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. He joins Cohen Placitella & Roth as a member, having been a shareholder at Berger & Montague, PC and, most recently, a partner at Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP.

Alessandra Phillips joins the firm as an associate. With nearly a decade of experience in complex commercial litigation, she has focused her practice on shareholder and derivative class action litigation under the federal securities laws and the states’ corporation and securities laws. She has also successfully prosecuted False Claims Act cases. Ms. Phillips was formerly associated with both Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A. and Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP.

About these additions, Stewart L. Cohen, senior shareholder of Cohen Placitella & Roth, stated, “We are thrilled to add the experience and depth Bob Pratter brings. His wise counsel, insight and brilliant litigation skills complement this practice group and our firm’s insistence on the highest quality legal representation for our clients. In Bob Pratter, Jacob Goldberg and Alessandra Phillips, Cohen Placitella has gathered top-notch legal talent to pursue complex mass and class cases.”

About Cohen Placitella & Roth, PC

Since 1973, Cohen, Placitella & Roth has been recognized as one of the premier trial law firms in the country. The firm is cause-oriented, committed to promoting justice and making a difference in the lives of our clients and the community. Cohen Placitella & Roth lawyers have taken on fights that many thought could not be won, because it was the right thing to do, and the firm has the expertise, determination, resources and will to do it. LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell® annually reports Cohen, Placitella & Roth’s peer rating-the highest AV® – “a testament to professional excellence.” Since the inauguration of its “Best Law Firms”‘ edition in 2010, U.S. News and World Report has reported that Cohen, Placitella & Roth’s peers have rated it peers as one of the top tier class action, personal injury and mass tort law firms in the country.

For more information, contact Stewart L. Cohen, Esquire at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, Suite 2900, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103. Tel: 215.567.3500, Fax: 215.567.6019, Website: www.cprlaw.com

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