The Daily Journal has published its annual listing of Top Women Lawyers in California, which includes a 13th-time selection for Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth J. Cabraser and first-time kudos for Lieff Cabraser partner Lexi J. Hazam. The Top Women Lawyers award recognizes exemplary female attorney trailblazers and changemakers doing cutting-edge legal work in their field.
The Journal’s coverage on Elizabeth notes her current role in the National Prescription Opiates litigation, representing cities, counties, and Native American tribes and health organizations seeking justice from manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioid drugs for the destructive opioid epidemic raging across the U.S.
The Journal also mentions Elizabeth’s work along with Lieff Cabraser partner Dean Harvey, representing New York City’s largest public employee union in groundbreaking litigation alleging the illegal price fixing of generic drugs. “It is the largest piece of antitrust multidistrict litigation in existence,” Elizabeth noted.
The Journal’s profile of Lexi Hazam focuses on her Co-Lead Class Counsel role representing individuals who suffered losses in the coordinated California Woolsey Wildfire cases relating to the devastating 2018 fire that burned more than 96,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, forced the evacuation of more than 295,000 people, destroyed 1,634 structures, and caused three deaths.
The Woolsey Fire cases seek justice and damages from defendants Southern California Edison, the utilities company whose electrical equipment is alleged to have started the deadly fire. In October 2020, an official investigation report initially sought by Lexi and her colleagues revealed the fire was in fact sparked by equipment owned and controlled by SoCal Edison.
“Edison is known to have told its shareholders that its equipment started the fire,” Lexi noted.
Congratulations to Elizabeth and Lexi on this prestigious recognition!
About Elizabeth Cabraser
Co-founder of Lieff Cabraser, Elizabeth Cabraser is one of the nation’s leading class action litigators, 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, and currently serves in leadership positions in several of the nation’s highest profile civil cases, including a solo leadership role in the VW “Clean Diesel” Emissions case, and co-lead positions in the GM ignition switch defect and Takata defective airbag cases, the Fiat Chrysler Jeep Dodge diesel emissions fraud litigation, the Generic Drugs Pricing antitrust litigation, and the National Prescription Opiates litigation.
About Lexi Hazam
An emergent leader within the plaintiffs’ bar, Lexi Hazam represents clients in mass torts cases and qui tam actions, as well as complex class actions. In addition to her leadership roles in the Abilify MDL litigation, she has also been appointed by the court overseeing the nationwide Benicar MDL litigation to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee therein and serves as Co-Chair of the Benicar MDL Plaintiffs’ Science and Experts Committee. Lexi has spoken at multiple conferences on the Abilify cases, along with others on Benicar injuries and lawsuits and recent California wildfire and mudslide cases.
Lexi currently represents plaintiffs who suffered losses in the 2017 North Bay Wine Country fires, serving in leadership roles in lawsuits against PG&E as Co-Chair of the Class Action Committee and on the Individual Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, as well in litigation against Southern California Edison on behalf of those who whose homes, businesses, and lives were devastated by the 2018 Woolsey Fire and the Thomas Fire and mudslides in Southern California in late 2017 and early 2018, where she serves as Co-Lead Counsel. In 2016, Lexi was elected as Chair Elect of the American Association for Justice’s Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP) after previously serving as vice-chair. In 2018, Lexi was also elected as Vice-Chair of the American Association for Justice’s Section on Qui Tam Litigation after previously serving as Co-Secretary.