Who We Are
Chaffin Luhana is a plaintiffs-only law firm with a national trial practice focused on representing plaintiffs in mass tort, securities and whistleblower cases in federal and state courts across the country. The founding partners, Eric Chaffin and Roopal Luhana, have an established record of success and leadership in the national plaintiffs' bar and have been counsel in cases that have resulted in recoveries exceeding $900 million. The firm prides itself in providing clients with unsurpassed professional legal services designed to achieve the specific goals of its clients and their families. At Chaffin Luhana, the motto is "Doing Good by Doing Right."
The Founding Partners
Eric T. Chaffin
Eric Chaffin is a former federal prosecutor in the Business and Securities Fraud Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, New York, where he tried multiple cases and argued various appeals before the Second Circuit. Some of Mr. Chaffin's more notable white collar cases included the highly publicized Computer Associates International and Symbol Technologies accounting and securities fraud prosecutions (over $1.2 billion and $200 million respectively). Mr. Chaffin was also lead trial counsel in numerous criminal trials, including a successful securities fraud manipulation trial involving over $20 million in investor losses. Mr. Chaffin now exclusively represents consumers, whistleblowers and shareholders in state and federal trial courts and appellate courts across the country.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Chaffin was a litigator with Reed Smith LLP, where he represented Fortune 500 companies in a variety of individual and class actions. There, early in his career, he tried various arbitrations and administrative hearings and second chaired the successful defense of an age discrimination case to verdict. Mr. Chaffin was also a lead attorney on a habeas corpus petition that resulted in the reversal of a death sentence for a Pennsylvania death row inmate. During his time with Reed Smith, Mr. Chaffin took leave to clerk for the Honorable D. Brooks Smith of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, who was since appointed to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Chaffin subsequently joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York in 1999.
After leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Chaffin joined Seeger Weiss LLP, where as a partner his practice focused on individual and class securities fraud actions, consumer protection litigation and mass torts. Mr. Chaffin subsequently joined a National Law Journal Plaintiffs’ Hot List firm as a partner, where he specialized in securities litigation and headed up the firm's mass torts department.
"I know first-hand that Eric is exceptional when it comes to putting together a case and he has the compassion, tenacity and skills as a litigator to battle the largest corporations and win."
Since joining the Plaintiffs’ bar in 2003, Mr. Chaffin has successfully prosecuted a variety of cases. In the area of securities litigation, Mr. Chaffin was one of the lead attorneys in the In re IPO Securities Litigation, which involved 309 separate class actions consolidated for pre-trial purposes. On a day-to-day basis in the litigation, Mr. Chaffin was responsible for prosecuting dozens of cases against Morgan Stanley, led discovery of experts, worked closely with economists to present the plaintiffs’ theories of liability and class certification, and was a member of the plaintiffs’ negotiating team that achieved a $586 million global settlement of the cases in 2008. In addition to his extensive experience in handling the IPO Securities Litigation, Mr. Chaffin has also litigated various other class, derivative and securities actions in state and federal courts across the country. He has also successfully represented individual investors in arbitrations before FINRA and its former bodies and he has counseled state Attorneys General, including the Attorney General of Oregon, on securities litigation matters. [Read Eric Chaffin's full bio]
Roopal P. Luhana
Roopal Luhana focuses her practice on representing injured consumers in mass tort litigation and consumer fraud actions. Ms. Luhana has spent considerable time representing injured women and her commitment to women's causes has been recognized by the federal courts. Most recently, Judge Herndon of the Southern District of Illinois appointed Ms. Luhana, one of only two women, to the Plaintiff Steering Committee in the In re Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation.
Ms. Luhana has served on committees in other multi-district litigations (MDLs) involving over-the-counter consumer products, defective pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, including the Discovery Committee in the Guidant MDL. She is extensively involved in the denture cream litigation in federal and state courts and serves as the Chair of the Law & Briefing Committee in the federal Denture Cream MDL. Ms. Luhana also works closely with her female clients and co-counsel on transvaginal mesh injury cases, including cases involving injuries from the Bard Avaulta Mesh, Mentor Sling and the Gynecare Prolift. [Read Roopal Luhana's full bio]
Reema R. Desai
Reema R. Desai is Of Counsel to Chaffin Luhana LLP. Her practice focuses on representing injured consumers in mass tort litigation, including the Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella birth control litigation.
Ms. Desai is a founding partner of ShahDesai, PC, where she is still a partner and practices in general civil litigation. She has successfully represented commercial businesses and real estate owners, as well as individuals, in state and municipal litigation. She has also served as a court-appointed mediator for the Middlesex County New Jersey Court. [Read Reema Desai's full bio]
Robert D. Walker
Robert D. Walker is an attorney and a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. He came to Chaffin Luhana after being in clinical practice for the past 18 years. His areas of medical expertise include primary care and wellness. He graduated from St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing in Youngstown, Ohio and holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing from The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. He completed his family practice education at The University of Pittsburgh and received his J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. [Read Robert Walker's full bio]
Morissa R. Falk
Morissa R. Falk is an Associate of the firm. She focuses her practice on representing injured consumers in mass tort litigation and consumer fraud actions. Ms. Falk represents firm clients in the In re Denture Cream Products Liability Litigation and In re Denture Adhesive Cream Litigation in federal and state courts, and represents women injured by Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella birth control pills and the Ortho Evra birth control patch in federal and state courts. [Read Morissa Falk's full bio]
Steven D. Cohn
Steven D. Cohn is an Associate of the firm. He is a former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and law clerk to the Honorable William J. Martinez of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. [Read Steven Cohn's full bio]
Patrick C. Booth
Patrick C. Booth is an Associate at the Firm. Before joining Chaffin Luhana LLP, Mr. Booth was an associate at one of the largest litigation firms in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Booth focuses his practice on representing personal injury victims in national mass tort litigation and in transportation accidents. [Read Patrick Booth's full bio]
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