Mr. Abbey, the Firm's chief trial attorney has been lead counsel for many major class action securities matters, including one of the largest class action securities cases to go to trial, In re Vivendi Universal, S.A. Securities Litig., 02 Civ. 5571 (RJH/HBP)(S.D.N.Y.) which culminated with a jury verdict finding Vivendi Universal, S.A. liable for securities fraud on all 57 material misstatements. The Vivendi case is just one of nine securities class actions tried to verdict based on wrongs committed following the passage of the PSLRA. The Vivendi jury verdict is believed to be the largest jury verdict in any securities class action. For his work in Vivendi, Mr. Abbey was nominated for the 2010 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. Mr. Abbey, the Senior and Founding Partner of Abbey Spanier Rodd & Abrams, LLP, is a leading practitioner in the field of securities, antitrust and consumer litigation. As a result of his expertise in class and complex litigation, Mr. Abbey has negotiated hundreds of class action settlements achieving extraordinary results for class members. Mr. Abbey is recognized as an authority on class and complex litigation, securities fraud and corporate governance, contests for corporate control and directors' and officers' insurer's liability.