Hon. Lawrence Irving Joins Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP as Special Counsel
Distinguished Former U.S. District Judge to Advise Institutional
Investors in Securities Actions SAN DIEGO, CA (April 26, 2006) Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP ("Lerach Coughlin") today announced that Hon. Lawrence Irving will become Special Counsel to the firm.Judge Irving, who previously served as U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of California, will advise the firm's institutional investor clients regarding securities matters and act as Lerach Coughlin's liaison with the Regents of the University of California, the lead plaintiff in the Enron securities class action.
"I am very pleased to become Special Counsel to a law firm that has led the way in representing institutional investors in securities actions in the post-Enron era.I look forward to working with the firm's institutional clients and the many talented securities lawyers at Lerach Coughlin," said Judge Irving.
"For several decades I served as a Judge and mediator in complex securities cases and look forward to continuing to advise pension funds about their options in large securities matters, including the Enron
and AOL Time Warner
"We are very proud to have someone of Judge Irving's
experience and stature join the firm as Special Counsel," said William S. Lerach.
..."Judge Irving will provide invaluable insight and assistance to our firm's hundreds of public, international and private institutional investor clients." "Judge Irving has recently served as a consultant to The Regents of the University of California and the Office of the General Counsel in the University's role as lead plaintiff in the Enron case where recoveries to date exceed ,7 billion for the members of the plaintiff class," said James E. Holst, General Counsel of The Regents.
..."Judge Irving has been of great assistance to us," Holst continued, "and we are delighted his services and outstanding judgment will continue to be available for the benefit of all plaintiffs in the case, including the University."
...Judge Irving received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and an LLB from the University of Southern California.For many years, Judge Irving was a leading trial lawyer in San Diego.He was elected a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers and served as President of the San Diego Chapter of ABOTA.Judge Irving was appointed to the Federal Bench by President Regan in 1982.He
presided over numerous high-profile criminal and civil trials, including a five month jury trial in the Nucorp securities class action case. Judge Irving resigned from the Federal Bench in 1990 because of his stance against Guideline and Minimum Mandatory Sentencing Laws.He
received numerous awards for his
judicial service, including awards from such diverse groups as the FBI
.Judge Irving has mediated many high-profile cases since 1991, including numerous complex class action securities cases.According to the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Judge Irving is one of the most sought after mediators/arbitrators in California. Judge Irving's public service includes serving as chair and a member of numerous Judicial Selection Committees, including Chair of Gov.
...Judge Irving will continue to serve as mediator in certain cases and will continue his pro bono activities on behalf of significant causes. Lerach Coughlin
has over 175 lawyers in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Boca Raton, Washington, DC, Houston, Philadelphia and Seattle (www.lerachlaw.com).Lerach Coughlin
is actively engaged in complex litigation, emphasizing securities, consumer, insurance, healthcare, human rights, employment discrimination and antitrust class actions.Lerach Coughlin's unparalleled experience and capabilities in these fields are based upon the talents of its attorneys who have successfully prosecuted thousands of class action lawsuits.As a result, Lerach Coughlin attorneys have been responsible for recoveries of more than ,35 billion. Judge Irving is available for comment at 619/233-5474.