The Daily Journal (subscription) has published its annual listing of Top Women Lawyers in California, which includes Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Kelly M. Dermody. The awards recognize 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 showcased Ms. Cabraser’s active leadership involvement in many of the largest current automotive class actions, including the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” multidistrict litigation, General Motors ignition switch defect case, and Takata Airbag products liability litigation. Ms. Cabraser was appointed Lead Counsel and Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee of the VW, Audi and Porsche diesel emission violations lawsuit, where more than 500 class action cases were filed and consolidated in the U.S. According to The Journal, this is “the largest known consumer class settlement,” where more than $15 billion in settlements have been approved.
Cabraser notes that there has been a flow of massive auto cases occurring because “from 2000 to 2008 there was essentially no effective regulation of the auto industry. The agencies charged with that were underfunded. They didn’t have the resources and technical expertise to keep up with developments in automobiles.”
At the same time, The Journal highlighted Ms. Dermody’s work on gender discrimination class action lawsuits, including the employment law case against Sandia National Laboratories, Home Depot gender case in connection with hiring and promotion practices, and Microsoft technical employees litigation. Ms. Dermody recalled to the Journal her very first case at Lieff Cabraser in 1994 as “one of the largest gender discrimination cases then to date.”
“I’ve been involved in these challenges in different industries from the start,” Dermody stated. “They go in waves, and now there are groups of professional women coming forward.”
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.