Two Partners Named Finalists for the Los Angeles Business Journal Leaders in Law Award

October 22, 2019

Robins Kaplan LLP is pleased to announce that Roman Silberfeld and Michael Geibelson have been selected as finalists to receive the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Leaders in Law Award. The award recognizes the accomplishments of leading attorneys and firms within the Los Angeles business community.

Silberfeld has more than 40 years of experience as a trial lawyer in civil and criminal cases, including white-collar crime, environmental, personal injury, antitrust, and securities law. He has been lead counsel in a number of high-profile trials, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, and earned more than 50 trial victories, including a $319 million judgment against Walt Disney in a case over profits from ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” The verdict he secured in that trial is the largest ever obtained in a Hollywood accounting lawsuit. Roman has also performed groundbreaking work in mass tort litigation and is considered a leading class action attorney. In one series of actions over LCD displays, he recovered more than $400 million for national retailer Best Buy. He currently serves as co-lead counsel in In Re Wells Fargo Collateral Protection Insurance Litigation on behalf of plaintiffs impacted by Wells Fargo’s acknowledged practice of wrongfully charging auto loan borrowers for unnecessary and duplicative auto insurance.

A leader both within Robins Kaplan and in the legal community at large, Silberfeld serves as the president-elect of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an exclusive body of civil and criminal trial lawyers from 30 different countries worldwide. Silberfeld was also appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to serve as a member of the Judicial Selection Advisory Committee for Los Angeles County. He was also recently named to the Daily Journal’s annual list of Top 100 Attorneys in California.

Geibelson is managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices. In his nearly 25 years with the firm, his work has included the prosecution and defense of claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, business and consumer fraud and breaches of contract including real estate disputes involving leases, development and investment agreements, and joint ventures, unfair competition and false advertising, and antitrust. His commercial litigation work has included the representation of companies in the retail, real estate, and food and beverage industries in key industry issues, including the protection of trade secrets, advertising, labeling, and interests in real property.

In addition to the handling of business litigation matters, Geibelson’s trial experience ranges widely, from the representation of cattle ranchers in fraud and veterinary malpractice matters, to building owners seeking to remedy welding product defects, to ship owners sued for trespass resulting from the grounding of their vessel, to organizations suing upon violations of the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.

The finalists for the Leaders in Law Award will be recognized at a formal ceremony in Los Angeles on October 22, 2019, at which time winners will be announced.

Roman M. Silberfeld


National Trial Chair

Michael A. Geibelson


Managing Partner, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley Offices

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