Judith L. Spanier
Ms. Spanier received her B.A. from Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, in 1975, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1978. She is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Second, Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Ms. Spanier has served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in numerous cases that have achieved significant benefits on behalf of shareholders including In re Adelphia Comm. Corp. Sec. & Deriv. Litig., 3 MDL 1859 (S.D.N.Y.); In re Tele-Communications, Inc. Shareholders Litig., C.A. No. 16370 (Del Ch.) and In re Waste Management, Inc. Shareholders Deriv. Litig., C.A. No. 17313, (Del. Ch.). Ms. Spanier successfully argued the appeal before the Delaware Supreme Court in In re Primedia, Inc. Deriative Action; Kahn v. Kolberg Kravis Roberts & Co., et al., No. 436, 2010, 2011 Del. LEXIS 313 (Del. Sup. Ct. June 20, 2011). The Delaware Supreme Court reversed the dismissal of the shareholder derivative lawsuit on behalf of Primedia Inc. (PRM) seeking to recoup monies arising out of alleged insider trading in Primedia's securities by Kolberg Kravis Roberts & Co. ("KKR") the Company's controlling shareholder.
Ms. Spanier was one of the lead trial attorneys in Braun and Hummel v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Case Nos. 3127 and 3757 (Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County). The lawyers on the Braun/Hummel trial team were named as finalists by Public Justice for the 2007 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. In addition, Ms. Spanier argued the successful appeal to the New Jersey Supreme Court from the denial of class certification in Iliadis v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 191 N.J. 88 (2007). Ms. Spanier was also on the plaintiff's lead counsel teams in several large consumer class actions including Henry v. Sears, Roebuck, No. 98 C 4110 (N.D.Ill.) (class action on behalf of an 11 million member class).
Ms. Spanier is a member of the Labor and Employment Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She has lectured or served as a panelist at various Glasser Legal Works Panels on "Litigation and Resolution of Complex Class Actions"; a panel member in a July 2008 PLI seminar, "Class Action Litigation 2008: Prosecution and Defense Strategies"; and a December 11, 2008 New York City Bar Association seminar, "Securities Litigation During the Credit Crisis: Current Developments and Strategies." Recently, Ms. Spanier was a Faculty Lecturer at a June 14, 2012 New York City Bar Association seminar, "Staying on Top of the Latest Developments in Wage & Hour Law: Key Court Decisions, Government Initiatives & Compliance Challenges."