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Caitlin Nelson
Associate, San Francisco Office
415 956-1000

Caitlin Nelson

Caitlin Nelson is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office. She has worked on mass tort, employment, civil rights, personal injury, and antitrust matters.

Caitlin was a member of Plaintiffs’ leadership and trial teams in the JUUL e-cigarette multi-district litigation, working closely with Co-Lead and Liaison Counsel Sarah London for nearly three years. Caitlin second-chaired depositions of JUUL’s CEO, Altria’s CEO, JUUL’s co-founder, and JUUL’s tobacco marketing expert, as well as voir dire in the first and only bellwether trial. The MDL resolved with two historic settlements: one with JUUL Labs, Inc. and related Defendants in November 2022, and a second with the Altria Defendants in May 2023, announced immediately after Plaintiff rested its case in San Francisco Unified School District v. Altria.

As a law student, Caitlin externed for U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer of the Northern District of California and interned for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Caitlin continues to pursue her commitment to gun violence prevention while at Lieff Cabraser through advocacy on behalf of victims, their families, and government entities.

Before practicing law, Caitlin worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as a congressional aide to then-House Democratic Whip, Steny H. Hoyer.

  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
    J.D., High Distinction in General Scholarship, May 2020
  • University of California, Berkeley
    B.A., High Honors in General Distinction, Legal Studies, May 2015
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    September 2011-June 2013
  • California, 2021
  • U.S. Court Of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2021
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2021
  • Speaker, “Juul MDL,” San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Ski and CLE Program, January 2023