Legal publication The Recorder has announced its annual Litigation Department of the Year and In-House Impact award winners, naming Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody as a “Giant Slayer” for her work on In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation.
Ms. Dermody and team took on Google, Apple, Intel, and other tech giants in a class action for allegedly conspiring to suppress the mobility and compensation of their technical employees. This landmark case resulted in the largest recovery (by far) of any class action asserting antitrust claims in the employment context: $435 million. The case was a finalist in every category evaluated by the American Antitrust Institute for its Antitrust Enforcements Awards, and received the AAI Award for Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Economics.
The Litigation and Impact awards recognize outstanding lawyers in California litigation practices who delivered exceptional results for their clients with decisive victories at trial or on appeal. The Recorder praises Ms. Dermody for her leadership role in the High-Tech Employees/Silicon Valley No Cold Calling Lawsuit, noting, “She went after the titans of tech with an untested thesis of wage suppression – and won.”
About Kelly Dermody
The Chair of Lieff Cabraser’s employment practice group and Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, Ms. Dermody supervises many of the most significant and challenging employment lawsuits in our nation today, including cases challenging gender and race discrimination by top Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and Fortune 100 firms; wage suppression claims against technology, healthcare, and academic institutions; overtime and lost pay lawsuits for low-wage workers, I/T professionals, and foreign nationals working for American corporations; and ERISA claims that she has tried on behalf of employees and retirees for pension plan abuses.