An Advocate for the Environment, Consumers, and Injured Individuals
Nimish R. Desai is a partner based out of our San Francisco office. He is an experienced False Claims Act attorney, and has represented numerous whistleblower clients in the healthcare, military contracting, mortgage, and securities industries. Nimish has also actively litigated cases to successful resolution when they are unsealed. He led a major whistleblower action against a major California hospital system for false billing that ended in a record $46 million settlement in November 2013. Prior to that, Nimish worked alongside the Department of Justice on a whistleblower action against a military contractor for selling defective products to the United States military, which resulted in a $37 million settlement.
Nimish also has an active class action and mass tort practice. He is one of the lead attorneys on litigation against BP for defective solar panels, which recently received preliminary approval for a national settlement valued at $67 million, and is working on the MDL action arising out of the Takata air bag recall. Prior to that, he worked on litigation against Toyota for sudden acceleration problems in its vehicles, and against Pfizer on litigation related to its prescription drugs Bextra and Celebrex. With his science and engineering background, Nimish also works on the firm’s environmental cases and investigations, including litigation on behalf of property owners following the Kingston, Tennessee coal ash spill.
Nimish was named a Northern California Super Lawyer each year from 2013-2016, and a Northern California Rising Star in 2012. He previously served on the Board of the East Bay Community Law Center, and the Board of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California. He is also a member of the State Bar of California, American Bar Association, Bar Association of San Francisco, and Consumer Attorneys of California.
In addition to his degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Berkeley Law), Nimish earned a B.S. with high honors in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in the Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program from the University of Texas at Austin.
Nimish has published several legal and scientific articles, including “American Chemistry Council v. Johnson: Community Right to Know, But About What?” Ecology Law Quarterly, Winter 2006, and “Analysis of Motor Vehicle Emissions in a Houston Tunnel during Texas Air Quality Study 2000,” Atmospheric Environment, 38, 3363-3372 (2004). He also serves as a contributor to the LexisNexis publication California Class Actions and Coordinated Proceedings.