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The Daily Journal Selects Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Elizabeth Cabraser and Kelly Dermody as Top 100 Lawyers


The Daily Journal has named Lieff Cabraser attorneys Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Kelly M. Dermody to its annual list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California.

After reviewing hundreds of nominations, The Daily Journal honors 100 of California’s leading lawyers who are involved in the most cutting-edge work in litigation, regulation, and corporation transactions, and have the most impact in the legal industry. This is the 12th year that Cabraser and the 4th year Dermody have received Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers award.

Cabraser chairs the firm’s personal injury and environmental litigation practice groups. Noted by the publication as a “master of multidistrict litigation,” The Daily Journal reviewed her leadership roles in multiple mass torts class actions over the past year including the General Motors’ faulty ignition switch litigation, the Takata Corp. airbag defect litigation, as well as the $5 billion-plus settlement with BP in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation.

Regarding the ongoing fight following eight deaths and more than 100 injuries allegedly due to defective Takata airbags, Cabraser said:

“This is a class that cuts across every strata of our society. I never thought that there would be something that owners of Cobalts and owners of Ferraris have in common, but here it is: Takata airbags.”

Dermody chairs the firm’s employment practice group. The Daily Journal highlighted her work in the tech worker wage suppression class action against Apple, Google, Intel, and other Silicon Valley tech companies. This month, the Court granted final approval to a $415 million settlement.

This year, Dermody and co-counsel won a landmark ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for transgender people in the workplace concerning restroom access. The victory was followed by the adoption of guidelines by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration establishing that all employees, including transgender employees, should have access to restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.

“The issue of transitioning in the workplace and access to bathrooms has been among the hottest issues in the labor and employment area for transgender employees,” Dermody said.

“You go to law school to get those moments where you really see when having a lawyer in the mix really makes a difference, and we could not be more excited and feel more privileged to bring this moment into being,” she added. “It’s really, really gratifying.”