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Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Speak at AAJ "Future of Class Actions" Seminar

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys to Speak at AAJ “Future of Class Actions” Seminar

Lieff Cabraser partners Steven Fineman, Mark Chalos, and Annika K. Martin will be speaking at the upcoming American Association for Justice “Future of Class Actions: Teamwork, Savvy Defense, and Smart Offense” seminar on May 10-11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The firm’s managing partner, Fineman will be a panelist on “Going on Offense: Developing a Proactive Plan,” while Chalos, managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, will moderate a discussion on “The New Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities.” New York office partner Martin, who organized the event and provided course advisement, will be moderating the “Going on Offense” panel. In addition, LCHB Nashville attorney John Spragens will be introducing Keynote Speaker Congressman Jim Cooper (D-Tenn) at the May 11 luncheon.

The seminar agenda and faculty list is available for review. Non-AAJ members who are members of their state trial lawyers associations can learn more and register to attend by contacting

About the American Association for Justice

The American Association for Justice provides trial attorneys with information, professional support and a nationwide network that enables them to most effectively and expertly represent clients. The mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests. Visit the AAJ online at

About Steven E. Fineman

Lawdragon Magazine has called Lieff Cabraser managing partner Steven Fineman “one of the nation’s 100 Managing Partners You Need to Know.” Mr. Fineman is a prominent plaintiffs’ litigator specializing in securities and financial fraud cases, mass tort litigation and the representation of whistleblowers in False Claims Act matters. He also writes and speaks frequently on complex litigation. Mr. Fineman is a member of the Anti-Defamation League’s National Commission and a member of the Executive Committee of ADL’s New York Regional Board. He has been appointed to numerous leadership roles in the legal community, and is a long-time member of the board and a past President of the Public Justice Foundation. He is currently a member of the board of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession and the Advisory Board of the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute.

About Mark Chalos

The managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. Mr. Chalos has held wrong-doers accountable through the civil justice system, in individual and class cases, including serving in court-appointed national leadership in litigation resulting in a more than $150 million settlement for victims of a deadly fungal meningitis catastrophe, representing 32 school children who were videotaped undressing in their school locker room ($1.28 million jury verdict) and a young woman who suffered a severe brain injury in a car wreck (nearly $4 million jury verdict). He also obtained an $8 million arbitration award on behalf of a business client.

About Annika K. Martin

A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Ms. Martin represents plaintiffs in class action andmass tort litigation, including plaintiffs with physical and economic injuries resulting from accidents involving GM vehicles sold with a defective ignition switch; patients nationwide suffering from the widespread outbreak of meningitis and other serious maladies caused by contaminated medication; and individuals and businesses across the Gulf Coast harmed by the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in class action litigation against BP, Transocean, and Halliburton. She serves as co-chair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group, and on the Steering Committee of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1.

About John Spragens

An associate in Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, John Spragens represents plaintiffs in class action injury, consumer, and whistleblower litigation against corporations that manufacture dangerous and defective products, conspire to fix prices, and misuse taxpayer funds. A member of the firm’s defective products and personal injury practice groups, he has represented families of deceased smokers in trials in Florida federal court against the tobacco companies for their 50-year conspiracy of misrepresenting the dangers of smoking cigarettes and for intentionally engineering the design of cigarettes to make them more addictive. In 2014, he participated in a tobacco industry trial in which a jury awarded his gravely injured client $27 million in compensatory and punitive damages.