Legal publication The Daily Journal has published its annual list of Top Women Lawyers, including Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Kelly M. Dermody. The publication recognizes leading female attorneys who are actively involved in cutting-edge work in litigation, regulation, and corporate transactions with the most influential impact across the legal field.
The Journal highlighted Ms. Cabraser’s work in the consumer Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel emission violations lawsuit, where more than 500 class action cases have been filed in the United States. In January, she was appointed sole lead class counsel by U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer of San Francisco to take charge of conducting the nationwide multidistrict litigation against the German car manufacturer. Ms. Cabraser was one of more than 150 attorneys seeking lead roles in this litigation.
“The plaintiffs’ committee has been working very hard,” stated Ms. Cabraser of the case. “We’re all grownups who know how to get these things done. It’s a case where the whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts: There’s a magic to it.”
The Journal highlighted Ms. Dermody’s work in employment law, particularly with regard to gender and race discrimination claims in the tech industry. In late 2015, Ms. Dermody and co-counsel from Outten & Golden filed a gender discrimination class action on behalf of current and former female Microsoft technical employees alleging that the company unfairly put female workers in engineering, technical sales and service roles at a disadvantage when it came to performance reviews, wage policies and promotions. Ms. Dermody also received recognition for her role as co-lead class counsel in the successful High Tech Employees antitrust and employment class action alleging that Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit and other major tech giants conspired to suppress the pay of their technical, creative and other salaried employees. The case led to a series of settlements with all defendants totaling $435 million.
“It is not proper to suppress wages to save money, although it is incredibly seductive for companies to do that. The message is getting out loudly,” noted Ms. Dermody.
About Elizabeth Cabraser
A name partner and co-founder of Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, Ms. Cabraser chairs the firm’s personal injury and environmental litigation practice groups. One of the nation’s leading class action litigators and possessing unparalleled expertise in complex civil litigation, she has served as court-appointed lead, co-lead, or class counsel in scores of federal multi-district and state coordinated proceedings. Today, she serves in court-appointed leadership positions in several of the nation’s highest profile civil cases, such as VW “Clean Diesel” Emissions case, GM ignition switch defect, and Takata defective airbag litigation.
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.