The National Law Journal (subscription) has named its 2018 Litigation Trailblazers, a list that includes Lieff Cabraser partners Richard M. Heimann and Kelly M. Dermody. Heimann and Dermody are featured in the NLJ’s 2018 Litigation Trailblazers special edition, which discusses their “pioneer spirit,” past successes, and ongoing case work.
The special edition highlights Heimann’s seminal work on the massive and sprawling tobacco litigation, as well as his role as Chair of the firm’s Securities and Financial Fraud practice group, including the Wells Fargo overdraft charge abuses case as well as litigation against BNY Mellon and State Street over improper foreign exchange transactions.
“I am usually the guy they bring in to actually try the cases. I’m sort of the jack-of-all-trades. I’ll keep doing that for the foreseeable future,” stated Heimann.
Profiling Dermody, the Journal focuses on her employment law cases over gender discrimination and the gender pay gap. Dermody’s work has transformed industries and helped change company policies. “Most of my career involves doing a variety of gender discrimination class actions. We’ve done a lot of cases where people were willing to take reputational risks, because otherwise nothing would get fixed,” Dermody said.
Congratulations to both Richard and Kelly on this prestigious recognition!
About Richard Heimann
Richard Heimann supervises Lieff Cabraser’s securities and financial fraud practice. He began his legal career as a deputy public defender and later served as an assistant district attorney. From this foundation, Richard has become one of the nation’s foremost trial attorneys and skilled negotiators, with unparalleled experience in complex securities and investor fraud, antitrust and intellectual property, consumer protection, and personal injury and mass torts cases. In its 2015 inaugural review of the nation’s top trial lawyers, Law360 selected Richard as a “Trial Ace.” Just one of 50 attorneys recognized, Richard was the only trial ace practicing at a law firm that represents solely plaintiffs.
About Kelly Dermody
The Chair of Lieff Cabraser’s employment practice group and Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, Kelly M. Dermody specializes in class and collective actions on behalf of plaintiffs in employment and consumer cases, including gender discrimination cases against Google and Goldman Sachs. Her additional case work includes 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.