Class Action and Commercial Litigation Lawyers
Since 1969, Kohn, Swift & Graf’s class action and commercial litigation lawyers have focused on serving the public good through skillful, aggressive, and committed legal representation. We fight for all of our clients with equal passion and dedication, from victims of fraudulent and unfair practices to people denied their basic human rights. Our practice includes the following areas:
• Consumer Protection
• Intellectual Property
• Human Rights / Anti-Terrorism
With every case, we vigorously pursue a resolution that best serves our client’s needs. We often accomplish this through negotiation and settlement rather than trial. Because we work on a contingency fee basis in most of our cases, our compensation depends on what we achieve for you rather than the amount of time we spend on your case.
National Class Action and Commercial Litigation Lawyers
Kohn, Swift & Graf is a Philadelphia-based firm with a national practice. Our class action and commercial litigation lawyers are admitted to several courts throughout the country and appear in others through pro hac vice admissions. Our work as counsel and lead counsel in major class actions has earned us national recognition as seasoned and highly competent attorneys.
Our firm, founded by Harold E. Kohn in 1969, pioneered the prosecution of the most complex form of litigation—the class action. In the 1960s, Harold Kohn served as a member of the Committee of Lead Counsel for plaintiffs in the Electric Equipment Antitrust Litigation. He won a $29 million verdict in the first case tried in that litigation. Following that, he participated (upon invitation) in the drafting of the federal statute on multi-district litigation and the original Manual for Complex Litigation and its revisions.
The firm has served as counsel in numerous substantial antitrust cases. In the 1990s, Judge Milton Shadur (N.D. Illinois) appointed the firm as sole class counsel in a nationally publicized price fixing case (In re Amino Acid Lysine Antitrust Litigation). The appointment followed a competitive bidding process established to select competent counsel from among 50 vying law firms. After the case settled for over $50 million, Judge Shadur praised the firm’s “extraordinarily professional handling of the case.” (The underlying criminal conspiracy that led to this case formed the basis for a movie, The Informant, starring Matt Damon.)
The firm has also served as lead counsel or as a member of the executive committee in numerous securities and consumer class actions. The firm’s diverse practice also included service as special litigation counsel for the bankruptcy trustee in the In re Foundation for New Era Philanthropy case. At the time, the case was one of the largest and most widely publicized bankruptcy cases ever filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. As special counsel, the firm negotiated settlements totaling over $22 million. The settlement benefited New Era’s creditors, most of which were non-profit charities that had fallen victim to New Era’s fraudulent fundraising scheme.
Kohn, Swift & Graf’s pioneering extends to the field of human rights litigation. Robert Swift won a $2 billion verdict in the Marcos Human Rights Litigation (D. Hawaii), which is believed to be the largest personal injury verdict in history. He also served as co-lead counsel in the Holocaust Swiss Bank Litigation (E.D.N.Y.) and the European Insurance Holocaust Litigation (S.D.N.Y.).
Class Action and Commercial Litigation Lawyers Fighting for You
Since 1969, our class action and commercial litigation lawyers have fought aggressively to obtain justice for each and every one of our clients. Contact us today for an evaluation of your case without charge.