Benchmark Litigation has named Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Kelly M. Dermody to its Top 250 Women in Litigation 2019 listing. Benchmark Litigation, touted as “the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys,” covers the United States, Canada, Latin America and, most recently, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, – is now in its twelfth year of publication.
The publication highlights Elizabeth as “a distinguished trial lawyer and firm figurehead” who with nearly four decades of complex civil litigation expertise remains active regularly representing high profile clients in the plaintiff capacity. Benchmark notes her role as Lead Counsel in the multidistrict litigation against Fiat Chrysler concerning its EcoDiesel vehicles that were illegally equipped with software that enabled them to cheat emissions standards, where the automobile manufacturer agreed to pay $800 million to settle class actions and governmental investigations. This agreement was similar to previous historic multi-billion-dollar settlements obtained by Cabraser and co-counsel on behalf of owners and lessees of Volkswagen vehicles equipped with emissions cheat software.
Kelly was singled out for her work on gender and employment discrimination class actions. Revered for her advocacy in the areas of pay equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as for her trial work relative to unfair hiring, promotion, compensation, and performance systems, Kelly has been instrumental in advancing gender discrimination suits against Fortune 500 giants as well as numerous #MeToo support initiatives. Benchmark also notes her role as Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in a gender discrimination class action suit against Goldman Sachs alleging the company has engaged in systemic and pervasive discrimination against its female professional employees.
Congratulations to both Elizabeth and Kelly on this outstanding recognition!
About Elizabeth Cabraser
Name partner and co-founder of Lieff Cabraser, Elizabeth 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, and the recently-filed Fiat Chrysler Jeep Dodge diesel emissions fraud litigation, Generic Drugs Pricing antitrust litigation, and the National Prescription Opiates litigation.
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, Microsoft, KPMG 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.