The Northern California edition of Super Lawyers Magazine has published an in-depth profile of Lieff Cabraser name partner and co-founder Elizabeth J. Cabraser entitled “From the Top: Elizabeth Cabraser tackles Volkswagen, Takata and Exxon – and seldom misses a drumming gig.”
Super Lawyers highlights the fact that Cabraser “is renowned for both her encyclopedic knowledge of class action law and her unique strategies,” pointing out that Cabraser’s involvement with different cases, including Takata airbags, big tobacco, Exxon Valdez disaster, breast implants, fen-phen diet drug and the Holocaust litigation, has led her to develop “a worldwide reputation for handling complex cases with huge stakes.”
Cabraser recently took on one of the biggest auto-related scandals in U.S. history – the Volkswagen diesel emissions violation lawsuit, where approximately 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide were installed with rigged emissions testing to illegally pass under clean air laws. The litigation settled in 2016 and 2017 for $14.7 billion, with over $10 billion going towards buybacks and VW owner compensation.
“The judge knew Elizabeth could marshal the talents of these people in each of the areas they excelled at,” stated firm partner Robert L. Lieff. “She has the personality of a law librarian – quiet, humble and modest. If anyone else was given the task, there probably would be a lot more battling.”
As noted in the article, after graduating law school in 1978, a young Cabraser was certain her future involved being a law librarian. “I had never been a big talker or writer, so I figured being a librarian would be perfect,” she explained. “I could just help people and be around a lot of books, which I thought would be seventh heaven.”
However, Cabraser’s career path would change when she offered her legal services for $5 an hour on a bulletin board, and Lieff contacted her. Now, almost four decades later, Cabraser has become a force to be reckoned with in the legal profession.
“The amazing thing about civil litigation is that every so often you have a chance to do a repair job, either preventing a harm or restoring health or lives, rather than just giving people money after the fact,” said 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.
Ms. Cabraser has been honored and recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer from the years 2004-2017, a Top 100 Super Lawyer from 2004-2017, and a Top 10 Super Lawyer from 2011-2017.