January 3, 2011

Labaton Sucharow LLP Announces that Michael W. Stocker Has Been Elected Partner of the Firm

New York (January 3, 2011) — Labaton Sucharow LLP announced today that Michael W. Stocker has been elected a Partner of the Firm effective January 1, 2011.  

Since joining Labaton Sucharow in 2005, Mr. Stocker has been part of both the Firm's Securities and Antitrust Practice Groups.  He currently concentrates his practice on prosecuting complex securities fraud cases on behalf of institutional investors, with a particular emphasis on litigation strategy and new case development.  

During Mr. Stocker's tenure at Labaton Sucharow, he was an integral member of the team that successfully litigated and secured a $10 million settlement in In re Abbott Laboratories Norvir Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ca.), where the Firm helped break new ground in antitrust law while scoring significant victories on behalf of consumers with HIV.  Most recently, Mr. Stocker obtained a $200 million settlement in the consolidated federal securities class action against WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (M.D. Fla.).  The settlement, which is still subject to approval by the Court, is the fifth largest securities class action settlement of 2010.  

Mr. Stocker has authored or co-authored more than 20 articles on topics relating to financial reform and securities litigation. He is also the Chief Contributor to "EyesOnWall Street"  (www.eyesonwallstreet.com), Labaton Sucharow's blog on economics, corporate governance, and other issues of interest to investors.    

"As an experienced and excellent litigator, Mike has done outstanding work for our clients over the past five years," said Lawrence A. Sucharow, chairman of Labaton Sucharow.  "We are pleased and proud to acknowledge his accomplishments and to have elected him partner to the Firm."  

Mr. Stocker earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989, a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, in 1995, and a Master of Criminology degree from the Law Department of the University of Sydney in 2000.  

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