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Jonathan D. Selbin: 2020 New York Law Journal Trailblazer

Jonathan D. Selbin: 2020 New York Law Journal Trailblazer

The New York Law Journal has named Lieff Cabraser partner Jonathan D. Selbin to its second annual list of “New York Trailblazers.” The award recognizes lawyers “who have made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancement of the practice and who are truly agents of change.”

The Journal highlights Jonathan’s twenty-five-plus-year legal career at Lieff Cabraser, where he has sought social justice from some of America’s largest corporations, securing settlements in excess of $3.25 billion for his clients. “I had no idea that firms like mine existed, that there were private firms that did only plaintiff-side cases that I would consider to be at least arguably always in the public interest, always representing victims of wrongdoing” Jonathan noted.

The Journal observes that during his career at Lieff Cabraser, Jonathan has steadily fought for consumer rights, prevailing in class actions against companies like Navistar over defective emissions control systems and Mercedes-Benz over HVAC system mold and mildew defects affecting 2.5 million vehicles. The Journal also highlighted Jonathan’s multi-year string of success in cases against the debt collection industry over improper phone and text harassment of consumers under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which lead to settlements totaling nearly $370 million in 17 separate cases paid out by companies including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Capital One.

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Jonathan says he sees economic challenges as well as threats to public health, noting that “Corporate wrongdoing doesn’t stop just because there’s a crisis.” During these trying times, Jonathan has committed “to continuing to hold companies accountable and getting relief, real relief, for customers and consumers and employers and investors.”

About Jonathan D. Selbin

A senior partner in Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP’s New York office, Jonathan Selbin chairs the firm’s Economic Injury Product Defect Practice Group, litigating consumer protection and defective product class action lawsuits against many of the nation’s most prominent corporations.

Cases in which Jonathan has played a lead role have resulted in court-approved class action settlements with combined total payouts to class members exceeding $3.25 billion in cash, plus other relief, such as extended and enhanced warranties.

In 2017, Jonathan and his family founded the Selbin Voting Rights Fellowship at Equal Justice Works, funding a rolling two-year fellow working to ensure fair access to voting in at-risk communities.