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Steven E. Fineman
Firm-Wide Managing Partner, New York Office
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“An unwavering commitment to achieving justice for our clients and a strong, principled sense of social responsibility are the defining characteristics of Lieff Cabraser.”
Steven E. Fineman
Steven E. Fineman

Steven E. Fineman is the Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, resident in the firm’s New York office. Under his leadership, Lieff Cabraser has become a “go-to” firm for plaintiffs’ litigation across multiple bars, including Mass Torts, Antitrust, Securities/Financial Fraud, Consumer Protection, Product Liability, Employment Discrimination, and Qui Tam. This commitment to excellence has led Lieff Cabraser to leadership roles in numerous major cases in recent years, and the firm to wide-spread recognition as one of the premier plaintiff-side litigation firms in the country. Most recently, Lieff Cabraser was named the Boutique Litigation Firm of the year at the 2020 American Lawyer Industry Awards. For his leadership of the firm, Lawdragon has identified Mr. Fineman as one of the nation’s “100 Managing Partners You Need to Know.”

In addition to managing the firm, Mr. Fineman represents plaintiffs in class, group and individual civil litigation in the areas of securities and financial fraud, mass torts, consumer fraud, and whistleblower law. He has been consistently recognized as a top lawyer in his fields by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Benchmark Plaintiff, and the National Law Journal. Lawdragon has identified Mr. Fineman as one of the nation’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America for 2020.”

Mr. Fineman is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society. He is a member of the Advisory Forum for Stanford Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession, and is a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford Law School. Mr. Fineman is a past President of the Public Justice Foundation, which oversees and funds the national public interest law firm, Public Justice, P.C., and is a past Co-Chair of the American Association for Justice’s Securities Litigation Group. Mr. Fineman recently served as the Chair of the New York/New Jersey Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League (“ADL”), and is a member of the ADL’s Global Advisory Council.

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  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    J.D. – 1988
  • University of California, San Diego, California
    B.A. – 1985
  • Stirling University, Stirling, Scotland – 1984
    Major: English Literature
    Major: Political Science
  • California, 1989
  • District of Columbia, 1997
  • New York, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, of the District of Columbia, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2006
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • American Constitution Society
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Civil Justice Foundation (Board of Trustees, 2004 – Present)
  • Fight for Justice Campaign
  • Human Rights First
  • National Association of Shareholder and Consumer Attorneys (Executive Committee, 2009 – Present)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 2001 – 2004)
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association’s ‘Bill of Particulars’ (Editorial Board and Columnist, “Federal Practice for the State Court Practitioner,” 2005 – Present)
  • Plaintiff Toxic Tort Advisory Council (Lexis/Nexis, Mealey’s Publications and Conferences Group, 2002 – 2005)
  • Public Justice Foundation (President, July 2011 – July 2012; Executive Committee, July 2006 – Present; Board of Directors, July 2002 – Present)
  • State Bar of California
  • Supreme Court Historical Society
  • “The Basics of Obtaining Class Certification in Securities Fraud Cases: U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Standard, Rejecting Fifth Circuit’s ‘Loss Causation’ Requirement,” Bloomberg Law Reports, 2011
  • Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in field of “Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs,” 2006-2022
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2020, 2021
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2020, 2021
  • “Super Lawyer for New York Metro,” Super Lawyers, 2006-2019
  • “Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers, recognized in the category of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs for New York City, 2016
  • “New York Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2016
  • Member, Best Lawyers Advisory Board, a select group of U.S. and international law firm leaders and general counsel, 2011-2012
  • “100 Managing Partners You Need to Know,” Lawdragon, 2008
  • “Top Attorneys In Securities Law,” Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2008
  • Consultant to the Office of Attorney General, State of New York, in connection with an industry-wide investigation and settlement concerning health insurers’ use of the “Ingenix database” to determine usual and customary rates for out-of-network services, April 1, 2008-February 1, 2009
  • “40 Under 40,” selected as one of the country’s most successful litigators under the age of 40, The National Law Journal, 2002