Legal publication The Daily Journal has published its annual list of Top 100 Lawyers in California, naming Lieff Cabraser name partner and co-founder Elizabeth J. Cabraser to its list for the 13th time.
Each year The Journal honors 100 of California’s leading lawyers involved in cutting-edge work in litigation, regulation, and corporate transactions, and who have the greatest impact in and beyond the legal industry. This year’s publication highlights Cabraser’s “lead roles for the plaintiffs in three major automotive multidistrict consumer class actions against Volkswagen AG, General Motors LLC and Takata Corp.”
Cabraser commented on the swift judgment in the $15.3 billion VW emissions settlement, which has affected 475,000 2.0-liter diesel vehicle owners: “The court has pushed it. Judge Breyer tells us to hurry up. There’s ongoing harm to the environment and to consumers. It demonstrates that complex litigation can move quickly if a court wants it to. Lawyers may have to jettison the notion that cases like this should move slowly. Time is money. Lawyers are risk-averse and speed can be scary, but the public has an interest in speed and efficiency. It takes a court’s energy and desire to get lawyers to step outside their comfort zone.”
The cases are In re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, 15-md-2672 (N.D. Cal., filed Dec. 8, 2015); In re: General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation, 14-md-2543 (S.D.N.Y., consolidated June 9, 2014); and In re: Takata Airbag Product Liability Litigation, 15-md-2599 (S.D. Fla., filed Feb. 18, 2015).
“It’s been all cars all the time for me this year,” noted Cabraser.
About Elizabeth Cabraser
A name partner and co-founder of Lieff Cabraser, 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, including a solo leadership role in the VW “Clean Diesel” Emissions case, as well as lead positions in the GM ignition switch defect and Takata defective airbag cases.