Stephen T. Rodd
Mr. Rodd received his J.D. degree in 1974 from New York University Law School, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar and an Editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics. The University of Kansas is his undergraduate alma mater, where he received his B.A. degree in 1969. He is a member of the Bar of the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second, Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Rodd was a lead attorney for the litigation team in In re Vivendi Universal, S.A. Sec. Litig. class action, culminating in a three month trial and jury verdict finding defendant Vivendi Universal, S.A. liable for securities fraud on each of the 57 material misstatements alleged by plaintiffs. Vivendi is just one of nine securities class actions tried to verdict based on wrongs committed following the passage of the PSLRA. In addition, Mr. Rodd serves as a lead counsel for plaintiffs in an action seeking restitution from the French railway, Societé Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF) in connection with the conduct of deportation trains in France during World War II.
Mr. Rodd has served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in many other cases that have achieved significant benefits for shareholders including: In re Crazy Eddie Sec. Litig., No. 87 Civ. 0033 (E.D.N.Y.); In re Wedtech Corp. Sec. Litig., No. 86 Civ. 8628 (S.D.N.Y.); and In re BankAmerica Corp. Sec. Litig., MDL No. 1264 (E.D. Mo.).
Mr. Rodd is currently serving on the Board of Directors of MFY Legal Services, Inc. and a member of the Securities Litigation Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York. He has participated in numerous conference panels on class action law and procedures, including an event sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section of the Paris Bar Association at the invitation of the French consumer organization, Que Choisir. Other notable panels include the PLI Consumer Financial Services Litigation seminar, the ACI D&O Liability Conference, the NIRI Southwest Regional Conference panel on SEC Regulation and the PLI conference on Hot Securities Issues in a Down Economy.
Outside the legal field, Mr. Rodd is pleased to serve as President of the Board of Directors of TADA! youth theater, with whose success in training young people in theater arts and in providing in-school and after-school theater programs in New York City public schools he has been associated for the past 20 years.