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About Us

The partners at Klafter Olsen & Lesser LLP founded their firm to bring the highest level of representation to contingency fee litigation to fight and prevail against the top defense law firms in the country. Together, the partners in the firm have obtained well in excess of $1 billion in recoveries for clients – be they businesses, shareholders, consumers, workers, tort victims or companies in bankruptcy who had claims for breach of duty against former officers and directors. We are selective about the cases we bring. And, unlike other firms that are too often constrained by hourly billing arrangements, we provide singular attention to all of our cases because our clients’ success is our success. The due diligence we perform before we initiate a case allows us to advise our clients early on as its strengths and weaknesses, and to aggressively focus the case from inception to a successful resolution through either settlement or trial. Our record speaks for itself. We also have an active appellate practice and our attorneys are often brought into cases just to argue appeals. Our attorneys have been recognized by courts and their peers time and again. There is no law firm in America or deep pocket entity that we cannot take on and succeed against. We have – and will – take cases through to trial and have successfully done so both in court and arbitral settings. And we will do so anywhere in America.

CASES:

  • Jacob v. Duane Reade, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75384 (S.D.N.Y. June 9, 2016) (denying defendant’s motion to decertify the collective)
  • Tyler v. Taco Bell Corp., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 58549 (W.D. Tenn. May 3, 2016) (granting in part plaintiffs’ motion for conditional 216(b) certification)
  • Ravenell v. Avis Budget Grp., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 56996 (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 19, 2016) (adopting Report and Recommendation and granting final approval of settlement)
  • Merced Irrigation Dist. v. Barclays Bank PLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46516 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 1, 2016) (denying motion for reconsideration)
  • Kampfer v. Fifth Third Bank, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37056 (N.D. Ohio Mar. 22, 2016) (granting plaintiffs’ motion for conditional 216(b) certification and for equitable tolling)
  • Ravenell v. Avis Budget Group, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34481 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 14, 2016) (Report and Recommendation approving settlement)
  • Tyler v. Taco Bell Corp., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29111 (W.D. Tenn. Mar. 8, 2016) (denying defendant’s motion for summary judgment).
  • Merced Irrigation Dist. v. Barclays Bank PLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28890 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 29, 2016) (denying in part motion to dismiss complaint)
  • Lapan v. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169508 (D. Mass. Dec. 11, 2015) (granting preliminary approval of settlement)
  • Erguven v. Host Int’l, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138190 (E.D. Wis. Oct. 9, 2015) (denying motion to dismiss complaint)
  • Walls v. Host Int’l, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 136959 (N.D. Ohio Oct. 7, 2015) (denying defendant’s motion for summary judgment)
  • Hautur v. Kmart Corp., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127082 (W.D.N.Y. Sept. 22, 2015) (Report and Recommendation to deny defendant’s motion to dismiss complaint)
  • In re Fisker Auto. Holdings, Inc. S’holder Litig., 128 F. Supp. 3d 814 (D. Del. 2015) (denying in substantial part defendants’ motions to dismiss)
  • Kellgren v. Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118615 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 3, 2015) (granting motion for conditional 216(b) certification)
  • Stevens v. HMSHost Corp., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 102924 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 5, 2015) (denying defendant’s motion for summary judgment)
  • Ferreira v. Modell’s Sporting Goods, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32060 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 12, 2015) (granting final approval of settlement)
  • Hegab v. Family Dollar Stores, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28570 (D.N.J. Mar. 9, 2015) (granting final approval of settlement)
  • Jacob v. Duane Reade, Inc., 602 Fed. Appx. 3 (2d Cir. N.Y. 2015) (affirming district court’s certification of class)
  • Harper v. Gov’t Emples. Ins. Co., 586 Fed. Appx. 772 (2d Cir. N.Y. 2014) (reversing grant of summary judgment)
  • McEarchen v. Urban Outfitters, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134093 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 23, 2014) (denying motion for reconsideration of decision granting conditional 216(b) certification)
  • Ruffin v. Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128596 (D.N.J. Sept. 15, 2014) (denying defendants’ motion for interlocutory appeal of court’s decision denying defendants’ motion to decertify the collective action)
  • Lapan v. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118069 (D. Mass. Aug. 20, 2014) (granting motion for conditional 216(b) certification)
  • Fischer v. Kmart Corp., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106175 (D.N.J. Aug. 4, 2014) (granting motion for conditional 216(b) certification)
  • NHB Assignments LLC v. Gen. Atl. LLC (In re PMTS Liquidating Corp.), 526 B.R. 536 (D. Del. 2014) (denying in substantial part defendants’ motion to dismiss complaint)
  • Kellgren v. Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78456 (S.D. Cal. June 6, 2014) (denying motion to dismiss complaint)
  • McEarchen v. Urban Outfitters, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76937 (E.D.N.Y. June 3, 2014) (denying defendant’s motion to stay dissemination of notice)
  • Devries v. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15862 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 6, 2014) (granting motion for conditional 216(b) certification)
  • Heitzenrater v. OfficeMax, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13823 (W.D.N.Y. Feb. 1, 2014) (granting motion for conditional 216(b) certification)
  • Ruffin v. Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9562 (D.N.J. Jan. 27, 2014) (denying motion to decertify collective)
  • Stallard v. Fifth Third Bank, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 186531 (W.D. Pa. Dec. 12, 2013) (granting motion for conditional 216(b) certification)
  • Snodgrass v. Bob Evans Farms, LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 172279 (S.D. Ohio Dec. 5, 2013) (granting motion for conditional 216(b) certification)
  • Whittington v. Taco Bell of Am., Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161665 (D. Colo. Nov. 13, 2013) (granting final approval of collective action settlement)
  • Jacob v. Duane Reade, Inc., 293 F.R.D. 578 (S.D.N.Y. 2013) (granting certification of class on liability only)
  • Bergman v. Kindred Healthcare, Inc., 949 F. Supp. 2d 852 (N.D. Ill. 2013) (granting in part conditional 216(b) certification)
  • NHB Assignments LLC v. Gen. Atlantic LLC (In re PMTS Liquidating Corp.), 490 B.R. 174 (D. Del. 2013)(granting plaintiff’s motion for leave to amend to add diversity jurisdiction allegations)
  • Ferreira v. Modell’s Sporting Goods, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48489 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 28, 2013) (denying motion for reconsideration and for section 1292(b) certification of prior decision granting motion for conditional 216(b) certification)
  • Wilkie v. Gentiva Health Servs., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43061 (E.D. Cal. Mar. 25, 2013) (granting final approval of KOL settlement)
  • Jacob v. Duane Reade, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38675 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 20, 2013) (approving Rule 23 certification in wage and hour case)
  • Seckler v. Kindred Healthcare Operating Group, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29940 (C.D. Cal. Mar. 5, 2013) (granting Rule 23 certification)
  • Caballero v. Zaloumis Contr. Serv., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23267 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 20, 2013) (approving settlement of KOL case)
  • Gibbons v. Office Depot, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25169 (D.N.J. Feb. 20, 2013) (denying motion to dismiss in fluctuating work week case)
  • Craig v. Rite Aid Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2658 (M.D. Pa. Jan. 7, 2013) (approving $20.9 million KOL settlement)
  • Goodman v. Burlington Coat Factory, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 166910 (D.N.J. Nov. 20, 2012) (granting FLSA conditional certification and ordering notice)
  • Ruffin v. Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89651 (D.N.J. June 28, 2012) (granting FLSA conditional certification and ordering notice)
  • Janes v. Triborough Bridge & Tunnel Auth., 889 F. Supp. 2d 462 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) (certifying Commerce Clause case as class action)
  • Alli v. Boston Mkt. Corp., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54695 (D. Conn. Apr. 17, 2012) (approving settlement of KOL case)
  • Jacob v. Duane Reade, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11053 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 26, 2012) (granting FLSA conditional certification and ordering notice)
  • Youngblood v. Family Dollar Stores, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115389 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 4, 2011) (granting certification of Rule 23 class)
  • Wilkie v. Gentiva Health Servs., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97212 (E.D. Cal. Sept. 16, 2010) (denying motion to transfer venue)
  • Alli v. Boston Mkt. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101530 (D. Conn. Sept. 8, 2011) (granting FLSA conditional certification and ordering notice)
  • Harper v. Gov’t Emples. Ins. Co., 826 F. Supp. 2d 454 (E.D.N.Y. 2011) (granting FLSA conditional certification and ordering notice)
  • Doyon v. Rite Aid Corp., 279 F.R.D. 43 (D. Me. 2011) (granting motion to obtain class list)
  • Nash v. CVS Caremark Corp., 683 F. Supp. 2d 195 (D.R.I. 2010) (denying Rule 68 offer of judgment dismissal)
  • Youngblood v. Family Dollar Stores, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52821 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 5, 2011) (ordering production of class list in putative Rule 23 class action)
  • Ravenell v. Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72563 (E.D.N.Y. July 19, 2010) (granting Section 216(b) certification)
  • Cunningham v. Elec. Data Sys. Corp., 754 F. Supp. 2d 638 (S.D.N.Y. 2010) (granting FLSA conditional certification and ordering notice)
  • Cunningham v. Elec. Data Sys. Corp., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32112 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 30, 2010) (denying motion for summary judgment)
  • Herring v. Hewitt Assocs., LLC, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67283 (D.N.J. Mar. 19, 2009) (approving settlement of KOL class and collective action)
  • Harper v. Gov’t Emples. Ins. Co., 754 F. Supp. 2d 461 (E.D.N.Y. 2010) (denying motion for summary judgment)
  • Nash v. CVS Caremark Corp., 683 F. Supp. 2d 195 (D.R.I. 2010) (denying motion to dismiss on Rule 68 grounds)
  • Ravenell v. Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72563 (E.D.N.Y. July 19, 2010) (granting FLSA conditional certification and ordering notice)
  • Wilkie v. Gentiva Health Servs., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97212 (E.D. Cal. Sept. 16, 2010) (denying motion to transfer)
  • Weber v. Gov’t Emplrs. Ins. Co., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70143 (D.N.J. Aug. 11, 2009) (granting approval of KOL settlement)
  • Yeboah v. Cent. Parking Sys., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99990 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 26, 2009) (granting FLSA conditional certification and ordering notice)
  • Damassia v. Duane Reade, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77489 (S.D.N.Y. July 24, 2009) (approving KOL class and collective action settlement)
  • Herring v. Hewitt Assocs., LLC, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67283 (D.N.J. Mar. 19, 2009) (approving settlement of KOL class and collective action)
  • Francis v. A&E Stores, Inc., 06 Civ. 1638, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49971, June 26, 2008.
  • Damassia v. Duane Reade, Inc., 04 Civ. 8819, 06 Civ. 2295, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41650, May 27, 2008.
  • Bowens v. Atl. Maint. Corp., UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, 546 F. Supp. 2d 55; April 23, 2008.
  • Perez v Rent-A-Center, Inc., NEW JERSEY SUPREME COURT, 186 N.J. 188, 892 A.2d 1255; March 15, 2006.
  • In re Infosonics Corporation Securities Litigation, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57784 (S.D. Cal. Aug. 7, 2007)
  • CompuDyne Corporation v. Shane, 453 F. Supp.2d 807 (S.D.N.Y. 2007)
  • Tracinda Corp. v. DaimlerChrysler AG (In re DaimlerChrysler AG Sec. Litig.), Civil Action No. 00-993/00-984/01-004-JJF CONSOLIDATED ACTION, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE, June 25, 2003
  • Tracinda Corp. v. DaimlerChrysler AG (In re DaimlerChrysler AG Sec. Litig.), Civil Action No. 00-993/00-984/01-004-JJF CONSOLIDATED ACTION, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE, June 11, 2003
  • In re Eaton Vance Corp. Secs. Litig., CIVIL ACTION NO.: 01-10911-EFH, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, 206 F. Supp. 2d 142; Fed. Sec. L. Rep. (CCH) P91, 937, June 11, 2002
  • In re Indep. Energy Holdings PLC, Sec. Litig., Master File No. 00 Civ. 6689 (SAS), UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, 210 F.R.D. 476; Fed. Sec. L. Rep. (CCH) P91, 920, May 28, 2002
  • Tracinda Corp. v. DaimlerChrysler AG (In re DaimlerChrysler AG Sec. Litig.), Civil Action No. 00-993/00-984/01-004-JJF CONSOLIDATED ACTION, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE, 200 F. Supp. 2d 439; Fed. Sec. L. Rep. (CCH) P91, 904, May 8, 2002
  • In re Ashworth, Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 99cv0121 L (JAH), Order Denying in Part and Granting in Part Defendants’Mmotion to Dismiss (S.D. Cal. Dec. 3, 2001)
  • In re Indep. Energy Holdings PLC Sec. Litig., Master File 00 Civ. 6689 (SAS), UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, 154 F. Supp. 2d 741; Fed. Sec. L. Rep. (CCH) P91, 484, July 26, 2001
  • Hollin v. Scholastic Corp. (In re Scholastic Corp. Sec. Litig.), Docket No. 00-7517, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT, 252 F.3d 63; Fed. Sec. L. Rep. (CCH) P91, 455, June 1, 2001
  • In re SmarTalk Teleservices, Inc. Sec. Litig., Multi-District Litigation CASE NO. 00-1315, USDC S.D. Ohio Case No. C2-98-814, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO, EASTERN DIVISION, 124 F. Supp. 2d 527; Fed. Sec. L. Rep. (CCH) P91,275, November 1, 2000
  • In re Datastream Sys., C/A No. 6:99-0088-13, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, GREENVILLE DIVISION, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1468, January 31, 2000