Benchmark Litigation, a publication of the UK-based Legal Media Group (which also produces Institutional Investor), has published its 2015 profile of U.S. law firms – “the eighth annual edition… [of] the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys.” Although the publication focuses primarily on defense firms, we received the highest ranking for law firms with California offices and the second highest ranking for law firms with New York offices. The comments about our firm include “nationally known and respected,” “plaintiff powerhouse,” and “hardest working and ethical.”
In addition, Benchmark Litigation 2015 gives California “State Litigation Star” awards to Elizabeth Cabraser, Richard Heimann, Kelly Dermody, and Robert Nelson, and New York “State Litigation Star” awards to Steven Fineman, Jonathan Selbin, and Wendy Fleishman. Lexi Hazam was recognized as a California “Future Star.”
For its California listing, Benchmark Litigation wrote:
Firm co-founder and name partner Elizabeth Cabraser is known nationwide for having handled some of the largest class actions in US history. She has been honored as one the top 10 female litigators in Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation for all three consecutive years of the publication’s duration. The head of the firm’s personal injury, mass torts, and environmental group, she is among the supervisory counsel for plaintiffs’ who suffered damages in connection with the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. To date, Cabraser’s efforts have assisted in yielding $2 billion in payments. Cabraser is also lead plaintiffs’ counsel in the class actions against Toyota regarding unintended acceleration accidents. Cabraser’s other major case is a multi-district litigation brought against Google regarding the interference of home Wi-Fi networks by Google Street View vehicles.
Name partner Richard Heimann is on a team serving as plaintiffs’ interim co-lead counsel on an antitrust class action against Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe Systems, Intuit, Pixar, and Lucasfilm, claiming that these entities actively conspired to keep down salaries of various employee groups.
Employment star Kelly Dermody is celebrated by her peers. She represented female financial advisors who allege that Bank of America and Merrill Lynch engaged in a practice of systemic gender discrimination with respect to business opportunities and compensation.
In its New York listing, Benchmark Litigation noted,
While headquartered in California, plaintiff powerhouse Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein has earned a following in the New York market thanks to its litigators, whom are deemed “some of the hardest working and ethical plaintiffs — and lawyers overall — in the business.”
One such practitioner, Steven Fineman, is working in tandem with California name partner Richard Heimann as counsel for Charles Schwab in three individual lawsuits against Bank of America Corporation, Credit Suisse Group AG, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and additional banks for allegedly manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). Peer praise is also strong for product liability star Jonathan Selbin, who specializes in consumer, defective product, appellate, and class action law.