About Us



Recognized by The American Lawyer as “one of the nation’s premier plaintiffs’ firms,” Lieff Cabraser has litigated and resolved thousands of individual lawsuits and hundreds of class and group actions. Since our founding in 1972, we have assisted clients in recovering over $91 billion in verdicts and settlements.

Outstanding National Recognition

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U.S. News and Best Lawyers have selected Lieff Cabraser as a national “Law Firm of the Year” each year the publications have given this award. Only one law firm receives the prestigious “Law Firm of the Year” award in each of the 74 major practice areas nationally. In 2011, 2012, and 2014, we were recognized in the category of Mass Torts Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs. For 2013, the publications selected our firm as the nation’s premier plaintiffs’ law firm in the category of Employment Law – Individuals. For 2015, we were again recognized in the category of Mass Torts Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs. U.S. News and Best Lawyers evaluated over 12,000 law firms for its 2015 awards.

National Law Journal Plaintiffs Hot List Hall of FameThe National Law Journal has named Lieff Cabraser to its Hot List as one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ law firms for fourteen years, including for 2016. The firm is also a member of the publication’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List Hall of Fame. In compiling the list, The National Law Journal examines recent verdicts and settlements and selects firms “representing the best qualities of the plaintiffs’ bar and that demonstrated unusual dedication and creativity.”

In 2014, The National Law Journal named Lieff Cabraser to its inaugural list of America’s Elite Trial Lawyers. We were also selected by the publication for its Midsize Hot List.

Law360 Product Liability Group of the Year AwardLaw360 has named Lieff Cabraser as one of the nation’s “Most Feared” Plaintiffs’ firms for the past two years. Law360 looked for plaintiffs’ firms that “stood above the rest… by launching headline-grabbing suits, winning landmark decisions and brokering mammoth settlements.” In 2014, only nine other plaintiffs’ law firms received this honor. Law360 also recognized Lieff Cabraser with its 2014 Products Liability practice group of the year award for the successes we have achieved for our clients in personal injury and mass torts cases.

Benchmark Litigation Highly Recommended FirmBenchmark Litigation, a publication of the UK-based Legal Media, awarded Lieff Cabraser this year its highest ranking for law firms with California offices and the second highest ranking for law firms with New York offices. The comments about our firm include “nationally known and respected,” “plaintiff powerhouse,” and “hardest working and ethical.”

Legal 500 Mass Torts Class Action Firm of the YearAs part of its “Legal 500 Awards,” the UK-based publication Legal 500 named Lieff Cabraser as its U.S. Mass Torts and Class Action Plaintiffs’ Law Firm of the Year for 2014. The Legal 500 awards honor the best practice teams in the U.S., as determined by Legal 500 from thousands of lawyer interviews.

Legal publication The Recorder has named Lieff Cabraser the recipient of its 2015 California Litigation Department of the Year award in the category of employment law. In 2013, the last year The Recorder announced Ligation Department of the Year awards, Lieff Cabraser was named as a finalist for the California Antitrust Department of the Year. In evaluating nominees, The Recorder considered the difficulty of the matter, its strategic or monetary value to the client, and how creative, efficient and effective the chosen litigation strategy proved to be.

Distinguished Service by Our Attorneys

Our attorneys are recognized as some of the most qualified and skilled in their respective fields. They are routinely appointed by federal and state courts to serve as leaders in national litigation. More than half of Lieff Cabraser’s attorneys are, or have been, directors and officers of local, state, and national bar and legal advocacy organizations, highlighted by:

Steven E. FinemanSteven E. Fineman, the firm’s Managing Partner, served as the 2011-12 President of the Public Justice Foundation, a not-for-profit membership organization that supports Public Justice, P.C., a national public interest law firm dedicated to fighting for justice through precedent-setting and socially significant litigation. Many of the nation’s most distinguished and accomplished attorneys serve on the Public Justice Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Kelly M. DermodyKelly M. Dermody, chair of the firm’s Employment practice group, served as the 2011-12 President of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Founded in 1872, BASF serves San Francisco Bay Area legal professionals and the community by promoting access to justice, excellence, and diversity in the legal profession, and by providing legal and pro bono services to disadvantaged and underserved individuals.

Twenty-six firm attorneys have been rated as Super Lawyers and another twelve attorneys designated as Rising Stars. Eighteen firm attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers. California Lawyer magazine has selected four of our attorneys for its prestigious California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) award. The Daily Journal has recognized five of our attorneys as Top 100 lawyers in California for their outstanding accomplishments and service on bar and legal organizations.

Elizabeth J. CabraserIn particular, Elizabeth J. Cabraser has been repeatedly recognized as one of the foremost litigators in our nation, including being selected four times by The National Law Journal as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” The Daily Journal has called her “a commanding attorney and a role model for other litigators, especially fellow female lawyers.”

In 2010, the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession honored Ms. Cabraser with its Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. The award recognizes the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. It is regarded by many as the highest honor in the legal profession for women lawyers.

Learn more about Lieff Cabraser’s Best Lawyer award recipients.

Learn more about Lieff Cabraser’s Super Lawyer award recipients.