Legal publication Law360 has published a Plaintiffs Bar Perspective of Lieff Cabraser partner Lexi J. Hazam. In the Q&A, Ms. Hazam talks about being a plaintiff-side attorney, the skills and challenges found in the job, and current trends in the practice.
Ms. Hazam speaks of the most rewarding aspects of working as a plaintiff’s attorney – “[F]irst and foremost is waking up every morning knowing that there are grievously harmed clients counting on you to advocate for them. I never doubt that it matters, and it offsets the inevitable times when I’m boarding a redeye after a Friday deposition or juggling multiple big deadlines. When a client thanks you for a result that allows them to keep their home or get crucial medical care, it always feel worth it.”
She discusses the critical components of achieving success as a plaintiff’s advocate – “Creativity and strategic thinking are essential. Unlike defense counsel, we don’t typically have repeat clients, and we are not compensated on an hourly basis. This means we have to carefully assess potential cases and then pursue them in the most strategic manner possible, without wasting resources.”
“I think the best tool a plaintiff’s lawyer can have is simply a keen sense of human nature, including a sense of ‘culture’ of a particular case, composed of the particular judge and plaintiffs and defense counsel, as well as the likely jury pool,” she continues.
About Lexi Hazam
An emerging leader within the plaintiffs’ bar, Lexi Hazam represents clients in mass torts cases and qui tam actions, as well as complex class actions. She has been appointed by the court overseeing the nationwide Abilify gambling injuries MDL litigation to the Plaintiffs Executive Committee and the Science and Expert Sub-Committee for the case, and was also appointed by the court overseeing the nationwide Benicar MDL litigation to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee therein and serves as Co-Chair of the Benicar MDL Plaintiffs’ Science and Experts Committee. Lexi has also spoken at several conferences on Benicar injuries and Benicar lawsuits.
Her qui tam cases include the Office Depot litigation, a lawsuit alleging that Office Depot knowingly overcharged California cities, counties, and school districts on office and school supplies purchased under U.S. Communities contracts, that settled in 2015 for $68.5 million. She has also worked on several additional qui tam cases alleging Medicare fraud.
In 2016, Lexi was elected as Chair Elect of the American Association for Justice‘s Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP), having previously served in 2015 as Vice-Chair of the section. Lexi was also selected in 2016 as Co-Secretary of the Qui Tam Litigation Group.