Wolf Popper’s reputation for success has withstood the test of time. For more than seventy years, the Firm has championed it clients’ interests, recovering billions of dollars for them. Today, Wolf Popper is a leading firm in the field of class action litigation, particularly in the areas of securities fraud, mergers and acquisitions, consumer fraud, and antitrust. In addition, Wolf Popper practices in the areas of international corporate and commercial law, international arbitration, and health care litigation.
Beginning in 1958, and gaining momentum that continues through the present, Wolf Popper became increasingly involved in class action securities fraud litigation. This concentration grew out of the Firm’s historical commitment to protecting the rights of individuals. As one of the first Firms to develop the field of class action securities litigation, Wolf Popper is responsible for many of the decisions that form the foundation of the practice.
In its early years, Wolf Popper litigated constitutional rights in highly publicized proceedings. During the McCarthy era in the 1950’s, the “Hollywood 10,” as certain accomplished film industry people were known, were being tried for so-called un-American activities. Pursuing a goal of strengthening the American system, Wolf Popper played a key role in defending the first amendment rights of the Hollywood 10. The Firm also represented, in various legal matters, many other well-known artists at the time, among them Paul Robeson, Ring Lardner Jr., Dalton Trumbo and Albert Maltz.
In 1961, busloads of students, known as the “Freedom Riders,” traveled from the northern states down to Mississippi to support every American’s right to vote. In the often recalled history, three of these students disappeared. Among them was Andrew Goodman, a 20 year old college student. Due largely to the efforts of Martin Popper, and as a direct result of the meeting of Mr. Popper and Andrew Goodman’s parents with President Lyndon B. Johnson, this disappearance was elevated from a local to a federal concern, and the FBI took over the investigation. The FBI worked closely with Wolf Popper until the discovery of the boys’ bodies; they had been murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. This story was memorialized in the movie “Mississippi Burning,” which was the FBI code name for the investigation.
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