DEBORAH CLARK-WEINTRAUB graduated from St. John’s University, Queens, New York (B.A., summa cum laude, 1981; President’s Award in recognition of achieving highest GPA among graduates of St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Science) and Hofstra Law School in Hempstead, New York (J.D. with distinction, 1986). While in law school, Ms. Weintraub was a member and research editor of the Hofstra Law Review. Following her graduation from Hofstra Law School, Ms. Weintraub served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jacob Mishler, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York (1986-1987).
Ms. Weintraub has extensive securities class action experience and has acted as plaintiffs’ co-lead counsel in numerous cases that have obtained substantial recoveries for defrauded investors. Additionally, Ms. Weintraub was one of the lead counsel in In re Oxford Health Plans, Inc. Securities Litigation, MDL No. 1222 (CLB) (S.D.N.Y.), in which a cash settlement of $300 million was obtained on the eve of trial after more than five years of litigation. At the time, the $300 million cash recovery was one of the largest recoveries ever achieved in a securities class action. The Honorable Charles L. Brieant, Jr., who presided over this case described it as “perhaps the most heavily defended, ardently pursued defense of a similar case that I can recall.” Ms. Weintraub also served plaintiffs’ co-lead counsel in In re CVS Corporation Securities Litigation, No. 01-11464 (JLT) (D. Mass.), in which a cash settlement of $110 million was obtained for investors. Following the settlement in March 2006, CVS disclosed that the SEC had opened an inquiry into the manner in which CVS had accounted for a barter transaction, a subject of the class action suit, and that independent counsel to the firm’s audit committee had concluded in December 2005 that various aspects of the company’s accounting for the transaction were incorrect, leading to the resignations of the company’s controller and treasurer.
Ms. Weintraub is the co-author of “Gender Bias and the Treatment of Women as Advocates,” Women in Law (1998), and the “Dissenting Introduction” defending the merits of securities class action litigation contained in the 1994 monograph “Securities Class Actions: Abuses and Remedies,” published by the National Legal Center for the Public Interest. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America).