Law360 has published an in-depth profile of Lieff Cabraser San Francisco office managing partner Kelly M. Dermodynamed a 2024 “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar.” The award recognizes lawyers who “not only excel in the courtroom in large-scale litigation, but also take on leadership roles at their firms.” Kelly is one of only eleven plaintiffs’ attorneys in the U.S. to receive this prestigious recognition.

The article spotlights some of Kelly’s most notable recent achievements, including securing a landmark $215 million settlement against Goldman Sachs for gender discrimination. Representing over 1,400 female employees, the case exposed deep, pervasive, systemic issues within the investment banking industry and resulted in one of the largest settlements in employment discrimination history.

Additionally, Law360 discusses Kelly’s current work as a leader in multidistrict litigation addressing the health impacts of hair relaxers marketed primarily to Black women, highlighting the intersectionality of racial justice and public health issues.

Read the full profile of Kelly (on Law360’s website) to delve into her remarkable legal journey and most recent legal successes.

About Kelly Dermody

The Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, ­­­­Kelly M. Dermody specializes in class and collective actions on behalf of plaintiffs in civil rights, employment, and consumer cases, including gender discrimination cases against Google and Goldman Sachs. Kelly was also named a 2023 Law360 MVP in the category of Class Action and Employment Law. 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. She also leads Lieff Cabraser’s representation of women who allege their ovarian and uterine cancer was caused by long-term use of dangerous hair relaxer products. In 2020, Kelly led the team that successfully challenged the Trump Administration’s improper withholding of CARES Act stimulus funds from incarcerated Americans, leading to the release and distribution of $1.5 billion in stimulus funds, in what may be the single largest recovery for a targeted class from a single lawsuit in history.

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