High-profile plaintiffs boutique Hausfeld has opened an office in Boston this week as the firm continues its geographical expansion and beefs up its mass tort practice.
The firm, which has gained notoriety for its antitrust litigation against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, has brought on two new partners in James Gotz and Steve Rotman. Both new hires have decades of combined pharmaceutical mass tort experience.
The move is something of a homecoming for Gotz and Rotman. The pair were partners at New England regional firm Robinson & Cole before they both went their separate ways in 2006. Gotz joined Kreindler & Kreindle, while Rotman spent a short time as a name partner at Kentucky’s Bubalo Heistand & Rotman—now called Bubalo Goode Sales & Cronen—before hanging his own shingle in the affluent Boston suburb of Milton. The pair reunited this week at a temporary office in Boston’s Seaport district.
Hausfeld’s mass tort practice leader, Richard Lewis, and Gotz worked together for the first time more than 15 years ago while handling class action litigation related to the diet drug fen-phen, Gotz said. More recently, Gotz helped reach a preliminary settlement in multidistrict litigation regarding dialysis drug GranuFlo. The settlement announced earlier this year will be for $250 million.
Gotz said with the GranuFlo litigation winding down it was “time to start thinking about next steps.” He said conversations with Hausfeld partners began “in earnest” this year.
“They’re some of the smartest people I’ve met [and] some of the most professional and civil people I’ve met, so I like the way they do business,” Gotz said of Hausfeld, which is named after founding partner and noted antitrust litigator Michael Hausfeld. “They have the means to expand their mass tort group and so it just made a really good fit. And then there was the absolute pleasure of working as partners now with Rich Lewis and rejoining my partner and good friend Steve Rotman.”Gotz said Hausfeld’s mass tort practice is investigating a number of cases to bring, but noted he has not yet been assigned to a large litigation matter. He doesn’t expect that to be the case for long.
“I’d imagine we’ll do what we can to help in probably more than one mass tort,” Gotz said. “If that means working at the leadership level of a mass tort, that’s something we’d enjoy doing and think we can make a contribution toward.”
High-profile plaintiffs boutique Hausfeld, which has expanded to Germany and New York over the past year, announced Tuesday two new mass torts hires for the opening of an office in Boston.
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