Law360 has published an in-depth profile of Lieff Cabraser partner Jason L. Lichtman, named a Law360 Rising Star for 2017 for Consumer Protection. The profile highlights Mr. Lichtman’s most significant cases as well as his overall career “of standing up for the little guy,” including litigation against Samsung over exploding washing machines and against British Airways over accusations the airline duped passengers with inflated fuel surcharges.
As a consumer protection attorney, Mr. Lichtman fights for the rights of consumers over a range of unfair and illegal business practices. In the Samsung washers litigation, Mr. Lichtman is helping consumers hold the manufacturer responsible for selling what they consider defective top-loading washing machines that can explode during the spin cycle.
“This is an excellent example of a company that would not do the right thing without legal action, would not take responsibility for selling washing machines that literally put a hole in your roof,” he observes. “To be able to have a hand in righting that wrong is the reason that I practice the type of law that I practice.”
“It’s very rewarding to feel that your work is actually making a small difference,” notes Lichtman. “I have no illusions of grandeur here, but making things just a little bit better, a little but more fair, leveling the playing field just a tiny bit, hopefully making companies think a second or third time before they do something that they probably know they shouldn’t be doing – that’s the draw for me.”
Law360 points out that “Lichtman loves and believes in what he does, and that makes all the difference.”
“That’s what keeps you going at 3 a.m. That’s what makes you put five more hours into a brief that you’ve already put 100 hours into,” Lichtman concludes. “You have to really believe in the importance and the righteousness of your cases and your clients.”
About Jason Lichtman
Mr. Lichtman is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office with a practice focused on consumer protection and defective product cases. He has experience with damages both in settlement and litigation, and he has been involved in a range of cases working on damages issues from inception, or after an initial damages model proved flawed. In addition to his trial court practice, he has secured major victories as a counsel of record before numerous federal appellate courts, including in Butler et al. v. Sears, Roebuck & Co. and In re Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation.