Only one lawyer gets “Lawyer of the Year” recognition for each specialty and location

Best Lawyers has published its new lawyer and law firm ratings for 2021, and we are proud to highlight Lieff Cabraser Michael W. Sobol’s selection as “Lawyer of the Year” for Mass Tort & Class Action Litigation for Northern California.

The oldest peer review publication in the legal profession, Best Lawyers strives to “capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers” with its annual listing of the most highly regarded practitioners in the law. Further recognition is also awarded to “Lawyers of the Year,” individual lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region; only one lawyer is recognized as the Lawyer of the Year for each specialty and location.

Best Lawyers’ choice of Michael as its Mass Tort & Class Action Law – Lawyer of the Year for Northern California reflects Michael’s unrelenting work on behalf of clients in cases like the Anthem Patient Data Breach litigation, the Wells Fargo Overdraft Fees litigation which resulted in a $203 million judgment for restitution on behalf of a class of over one million California consumers, and the Yourke v. Bank of America overdraft fees case which produced a $410 million settlement for customers nationwide.

Michael’s newest cases involve allegations of consumer privacy rights violations against Facebook and allegations against Morgan Stanley for discriminatory lending practices in violation of the Fair Housing Act and other civil rights laws.

About Michael Sobol

As the chair of Lieff Cabraser’s Consumer Protection practice group for the past sixteen years and chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy group since its inception in 2016, Michael W. Sobol leads novel and challenging consumer protection class action lawsuits of first impression. Within the last few years, Michael’s cases have recovered over one billion dollars and have reformed the business practices for the benefit of tens of millions consumers nationwide, including a $203 million judgment for restitution in a class action suit filed on behalf of a class of over one million California consumers defrauded by Wells Fargo by its improper accounting of debit card transactions.

A two-time California Daily Journal “Top Cybersecurity Lawyer,” in 2019 Michael was named a “California Lawyer of the Year” for his outstanding work on the Anthem Data Breach litigation. The National Law Journal selected him as a 2017 “Cybersecurity Law Trailblazer” for his significant ongoing efforts “in the fight against criminal cyber activity and towards adding much needed layers of data security in an increasingly digital world of commerce.” Law360 also honored him as a 2017 “MVP for Cybersecurity and Data Privacy.”

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