The National Law Journal (NLJ) has named Lieff Cabraser partner Eric B. Fastiff a 2018 “Plaintiffs’ Law Trailblazer.” The second annual Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazers listing is a special supplement profiling individual lawyers who “make their mark” across various aspects of plaintiffs’ work: “While many of those recognized come at the negotiation and strategic planning processes from different angles, each has shown a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way,” the NLJ explains.
The Journal’s special supplement highlights Fastiff’s cases, which include representing Copytele against AU Optronics in an international arbitration over a combined breach of contract and patent licensing dispute, as well as leading California diamond purchasers in successful litigation against the monolithic De Beers diamond and mining company. Fastiff “focuses on being creative and entrepreneurial with his cases, which run the gamut from contingency-bases big antitrust class actions to individual commercial litigation matters,” the NLJ reports.
The Journal also describes Fastiff’s forward-facing commitment to work that tries to rein in corporate misconduct. As consumer safeguards get progressively eroded, large corporations find further encouragement to improperly cross legal lines. “That may be good business for the plaintiffs’ bar, but it’s lousy for U.S. residents,” notes Fastiff. He also takes great pride in giving junior lawyers, particularly women and people of color, the opportunity to succeed. “I’m happy to see others step forward. It’s what I value most about my practice.”
Congratulations Eric on this extraordinary recognition!
About Eric Fastiff
The chair of Lieff Cabraser’s Antitrust, Intellectual Property, and Commercial Litigation Practice Group, Eric B. Fastiff has practiced commercial litigation for the past 20 years in the drug, food, technology, finance, and natural resource industries. Eric serves as co-lead counsel in the California Cipro litigation and represents The Charles Schwab Corporation in a suit against several major banks for alleged LIBOR manipulation. Eric’s notable successes include representing businesses that purchased TFT-LCD panels and products in litigation charging that the world’s leading manufacturers conspired to fix prices, resulting in settlements totaling over $470 million. Eric also spearheaded prosecution of class action litigation against De Beers for monopolization of the rough diamond trade, resulting in a $295 million settlement.