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Mintz Continues Litigation Expansion with Addition of Douglas Baumstein

Mintz announced today the continued expansion of its national Litigation Practice with the addition of Douglas P. Baumstein as Member in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Baumstein is a seasoned litigator with significant experience representing clients in securities litigation, complex commercial litigation, and bankruptcy-related litigation.

Throughout his career, Mr. Baumstein has handled multiple representations of issuers, officers, and directors in class action securities litigations. He has extensive trial experience before U.S. federal and state courts. Some of Mr. Baumstein’s recent representations include: obtained a complete dismissal of securities law claims against ReWalk Robotics, a medical device company, and Aixtron SE, the German technology company; argued successfully in the Southern District of New York, and on appeal before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, for a dismissal of all securities law claims against energy company Dynergy’s officers and directors arising out of actions they took to restructure the company; and led the representation of Brazilian pulp and paper manufacturer Aracruz (now Fibria Celulose) in its favorable resolution of claims arising out of losses incurred as a result of purchases of foreign exchange derivatives.

Mr. Baumstein’s practice also focuses on complex commercial disputes and fiduciary litigation. In a recent engagement, he represented U.S. Foods in a long-running class action challenging pricing practices within the foodservice industry.

Separately, he has litigated bankruptcy-related cases on behalf of creditors, debtors, and equity holders, and previously conducted a two-week long trial on behalf of junior secured noteholders in Residential Capital’s bankruptcy proceedings, and a one-week long trial on behalf of a claimholder in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, among other matters.

Mr. Baumstein has also defended clients in Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) cases and class actions alleging breach of contract and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations.

“The addition of Doug further enhances and deepens our strong litigation practice,” said Bob Bodian, Managing Member of Mintz. “Doug is a fierce advocate for his clients and his arrival enhances our trial capabilities considerably, particularly in the areas of securities and bankruptcy-related litigation, which are top of mind for our clients.”

The Legal 500 has described Mr. Baumstein as a “top-notch partner,” and he has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a “Future Star.”

Prior to joining Mintz, Mr. Baumstein was a partner at White & Case.

Mintz has announced several additions this year to its Litigation practice, including Courtney Rockett and Jeremy Vest in New York, and James Rapore in Los Angeles.