We are pleased to announce that Lieff Cabraser partner Kevin R. Budner has been named to The National Law Journal’s 2021 list of Elite Trial Lawyers – Rising Stars of the Plaintiff Bar. Kevin is one of only forty young class action law practitioners in the U.S. to make the list. He is featured in the NLJ’s “The 2021 Elite Trial Lawyers: Our Winners” special edition, which discusses his past successes and ongoing case work in an individual profile.

The Journal’s profile of Kevin Budner highlights his involvement in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation, where for more than a year he has run the day-to-day work for Lieff Cabraser’s representation of the city of San Francisco in its litigation against opioid manufacturers, distributors and chain pharmacies for their role in creating and perpetuating the ongoing crisis of opioid addiction here and nationwide.

Kevin continues to lead the city’s many briefing efforts, arguing motions in court on a nearly monthly basis, and orchestrating complex, multiparty discovery. Due in large part to his work, San Francisco survived the defendants’ motions to dismiss, and the case is scheduled to begin trial this year.

Congratulations to Kevin on this outstanding accomplishment!

About Kevin R. Budner

A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, Kevin R. Budner specializes in consumer protection and personal injury law. His successes at the firm include representing vehicle owners in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” multidistrict litigation, in which plaintiffs allege that Volkswagen intentionally and systematically cheated its customers, lied to the government, and misled the public about the emissions of its diesel engine vehicles. The Court granted final approval to a partial class settlement worth $10.03 billion in 2016, and a second partial class settlement valued at between $1.2 billion and $4.1 billion in 2017. The team won the California Daily Journal’s “California Lawyer of the Year” award, was honored as finalists by the Consumer Attorneys of California for their prestigious Consumer Attorney of the Year award, and continues to prosecute claims under the Lanham Act on behalf of competitor dealerships that allege they lost sales as a result of Volkswagen’s fraud.

Kevin also helped secure settlements for dozens of personal injury and wrongful death victims related to the General Motors Ignition Switch Defect and the Medtronic Infuse litigation. In 2021, Kevin was named a Rising Star in Class Action Law by Law360, as well as a Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer by the Daily Journal.

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