Your Champion for Justice
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is a 100-attorney law firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, Nashville, and Munich. We are among the largest law firms in the United States that only represent plaintiffs.
We are driven by a strong and principled sense of social responsibility. We are committed to achieving justice for investors, consumers, employees, patients, and business owners; promoting safer products and fair competition; protecting our environment; assisting individuals blow the whistle on fraud; safeguarding the rights of patent and copyright holders; ensuring our right to privacy is preserved; and upholding the civil rights of citizens worldwide.
An outstanding track record
Since our founding 48 years ago in 1972, Lieff Cabraser has litigated and resolved hundreds of class action lawsuits and thousands of individual cases. We have played a significant role in achieving verdicts and settlements valued at $100 million or greater in 68 separate cases, including 26 cases in excess of $1 billion. Many of these cases are among the most significant civil cases in the United States over the past quarter century, including:
- historic litigation against Volkswagen over its “Clean Diesel” emissions fraud affecting over 475,000 vehicles in the U.S. that resulted in settlements valued at over $15 billion;
- the Attorney General litigation against the tobacco industry in which our clients received $42 billion in settlements;
- the litigation against European banks and businesses to recover assets taken from Holocaust victims and survivors;
- bringing employment practices at Walmart, the world’s third largest corporation, into compliance with the law;
- the righting of an injustice against immigrant workers, known as Braceros, dating back to World War II;
- the third largest settlement ever in a stock options back dating lawsuit (Broadcom);
- obtaining a $54.4 million verdict against an auto manufacturer for failing to cure a known defect in millions of its vehicles that led to the death of a husband and father of four children (Mraz v. DaimlerChrysler);
- a landmark $1.5 billion settlement with natural gas providers for manipulating energy prices during the California energy crisis in 2000-2001; and
- an award of $203 million against Wells Fargo Bank for manipulating the processing of customer debit card purchases to maximize overdraft fees.
A national reputation for excellence
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, is a 110-plus attorney AV-rated law firm founded in 1972 with offices in San Francisco, New York, Nashville, and Munich. We have a diversified practice, successfully representing plaintiffs in the fields of personal injury and mass torts, securities and financial fraud, employment discrimination and unlawful employment practices, product defect, consumer protection, antitrust, environmental and toxic exposures, False Claims Act, digital privacy and data security, and human rights. Our clients include individuals, classes and groups of people, businesses, and public and private entities.
Lieff Cabraser has served as Court-appointed Plaintiffs’ Lead or Class Counsel in state and federal coordinated, multi-district, and complex litigation throughout the United States. With co-counsel, we have represented clients across the globe in cases filed in American courts. Lieff Cabraser is among the largest firms in the United States that only represent plaintiffs.
Described by The American Lawyer as “one of the nation’s premier plaintiffs’ firms,” Lieff Cabraser enjoys a national reputation for professional integrity and the successful prosecution of our clients’ claims. We possess sophisticated legal skills and the financial resources necessary for the handling of large, complex cases, and for litigating against some of the nation’s largest corporations. We take great pride in the leadership roles our firm plays in many of this country’s major cases, including those resulting in landmark decisions and precedent-setting rulings.
Lieff Cabraser has litigated and resolved thousands of individual lawsuits and hundreds of class and group actions, including some of the most important civil cases in the United States over the past four decades. We have assisted our clients in recovering over $124 billion in verdicts and settlements. Twenty-eight cases have been resolved for over $1 billion; another 55 have resulted in verdicts or settlements at or in excess of $100 million.
In January of 2021, The American Lawyer named Lieff Cabraser its “Boutique/Specialty Litigation Firm of the Year.” We saw six partners named to Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers” for 2021, along with our second partner named to the publication’s “Hall of Fame.” Best Lawyers’ 2021 rankings include thirty individual “Best Lawyer” lawyer listings as well as thirteen tier one placements (including national mass tort/class actions) and three California “Lawyer of the Year” rankings for antitrust, product liability, and mass tort class actions.
In April of 2021, Benchmark Litigation named Lieff Cabraser its “California Plaintiff Firm of the Year” for the third year in a row, and we were 2019 finalists for the publication’s national “Plaintiff Law Firm of the Year” award. In December 2019, The American Lawyer included Lieff Cabraser in its “Top 50 Litigation Departments in the U.S.,” the only all-plaintiff-side litigation firm included among the firms recognized.
In September of 2019, Law360 named Lieff Cabraser a “California Powerhouse” for litigation after naming our firm its “Class Action Firm of the Year” in January 2019. In July of 2019, Public Justice awarded Lieff Cabraser its “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award. Lieff Cabraser has 21 lawyers named to the “Best Lawyers in America” 2020 listing, and The National Law Journal awarded our firm its 2019 “Elite Trial Lawyer” awards in the fields of Consumer Protection and Cybersecurity/Data Breach.
The National Law Journal has recognized Lieff Cabraser as one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ law firms for fourteen years, and we are a member of its Plaintiffs’ Hot List Hall of Fame, “representing the best qualities of the plaintiffs’ bar and demonstrating unusual dedication and creativity.” The National Law Journal separately recognized Lieff Cabraser as one of the “50 Leading Plaintiffs Firms in America.”
Our attorneys are recognized as some of the most qualified and skilled professionals in their fields. They are routinely appointed by federal and state courts to serve as leaders in national litigation. Many of our attorneys are directors and officers of local, state, and national bar organizations.
The resources necessary to succeed in complex litigation
We possess the sophisticated legal skills, financial resources, investigative talent, and administrative support to take on the world’s most powerful corporations. We take great pride in our innovative approach to the practice of law and our firm’s leadership role in cases resulting in landmark decisions and precedent-setting rulings.
A commitment to the community
Lieff Cabraser proudly supports civil rights, human rights, increased access to legal services, and initiatives and organizations working to improve civil justice, increase diversity in the legal profession, and assist the underserved in the communities we serve. We provided free legal services to seven victims of the 9/11 attacks in hearings before the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and obtained awards totaling over $5 million.