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Jonathan D. Selbin
Partner, New York Office
212 355-9500

“There are so many ways in which people in our society compete with one another and seek an advantage over one another. To me, justice is about making sure that the playing field is as level as possible.”
Jonathan D. Selbin
Jonathan D. Selbin

One of the Nation’s Leading Lawyers for Consumers

The chair of Lieff Cabraser’s Economic Injury Product Defect Practice Group and member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Jonathan D. Selbin litigates consumer protection and defective products class action lawsuits against many of the nation’s most prominent corporations. This work has led to countless victories and numerous accolades, including being named a Finalist for The American Lawyer’s 2021 Litigator of the Year, a National Law Journal 2021 “Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Trailblazer,” a Law360 2020 “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar,” and a New York Law Journal “2020 Litigation Trailblazer.” In February 2020, Modern Counsel profiled Jonathan highlighting his long legacy of fighting for equal rights in “Jonathan Selbin Levels the Playing Field.”

Jonathan’s work on behalf of consumers has also been featured in Forbes (September 2014) as well as the National Law Journal (March 2016).

He has argued and obtained favorable appellate opinions in multiple Courts of Appeal, including in the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. Highlights include In re Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Products Liab. Litig., 678 F.3d 409 (6th Cir. 2012), vacated sub nom., Whirlpool Corp. v. Glazer, 133 S. Ct. 1722 (2013), reinstated Glazer v. Whirlpool Corp. (In re Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Prods. Liab. Litig.), 722 F.3d 838 (6th Cir. 2013), cert. den., 2014 U.S. LEXIS 1484 (2014); Butler v. Sears, 702 F.3d 359 (7th Cir. 2012), vacated, Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. Butler, 133 S. Ct. 2768 (2013), reinstated, Butler v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 727 F.3d 796 (7th Cir. 2013), cert. den. 2014 U.S. LEXIS 1507 (2014), and McManus v. Fleetwood Enters., 320 F.3d 545 (5th Cir. 2003).

Jonathan spearheaded a series of groundbreaking class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) which have transformed the debt collection industry. Leading the Lieff Cabraser team, Jonathan developed and implemented the legal strategy responsible for the largest settlements in the history of the TCPA. In 2015, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel achieved final approval for two of the largest settlements in the 25-year history of the TCPA: a $75.5 million settlement with Capital One and several of its vendors (In re Capital One Telephone Consumer Protection Act Litigation, Master Docket No. 1:12-cv-10064 (N.D. Ill.)), and a $39.975 million settlement with HSBC (Wilkins v. HSBC Bank Nev., N.A., Case No. 14-cv-190 (N.D. Ill.)). To date, Lieff Cabraser’s settlements in TCPA cases collectively have resulted in the recovery by consumers across America of over $380 million. More importantly, Jonathan’s work on these cases has put a stop to harassing debt collection and telemarketing calls to tens of millions of customers and non-customers.

Jonathan currently serves as one of three court-appointed Interim Co-Lead Counsel in the Gress v. Commonwealth Edison rate inflation class action alleging that a corrupt scheme within the Illinois state government caused millions of Illinois residents to pay dramatically inflated rates for electricity. He previously served as court-appointed co-lead counsel in In Re: Navistar Maxxforce Engines Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2590 (N.D. Ill.); In re: Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Litig., MDL No. 2001 (N.D. Ohio); In re: Capital One TCPA Litig., MDL No. 2416 (N.D. Ill.); In re: Imprelis Herbicide Litig., MDL No. 2281 (E.D. Pa.), which resulted in a nationwide settlement of property damage claims in an amount in excess of $600 million; and In re: Mercedes-Benz Tele Aid Contract Litig., MDL No. 1914 (D.N.J), where he obtained certification of a nationwide consumer protection litigation class, and twice successfully defended it in the Third Circuit.

Together, cases in which Jonathan has played a lead role have resulted in court-approved class action settlements with a combined total cash paid out to class members exceeding $3.4 billion, plus other relief such as extended and enhanced warranties.

He is a 1993 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, and he clerked for Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel in the Northern District of California from 1993-1995 prior to joining Lieff Cabraser.

Jonathan serves on the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works, which is dedicated to creating opportunities for lawyers to transform their passion for equal justice into a lifelong commitment to public service. In 2017, Jonathan and his family founded the Selbin Voting Rights Fellowship at Equal Justice Works, funding a rolling two-year fellow working to ensure fair access to voting in at-risk communities.

In 2021, Jonathan was selected to join the Board of the Beyond #MeToo Working Group, a group dedicated to understanding the root causes of workplace harassment, discrimination, and misconduct; tracking and utilizing the insights gained through the #MeToo movement; and helping to create the optimal corporate compliance and management structures that prevent workplace misconduct and abuses of power.

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  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) – 1993
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) – 1989
  • California, 1994
  • District of Columbia, 2000
  • New York, 2001
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2d Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 2014
  • Alliance for Justice, New York Advisory Board
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • Beyond #MeToo Working Group Board
  • Equal Justice Works, Board of Counselors
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Contributing Author, “Ninth Circuit Reshapes California Consumer-Protection Law,” American Bar Association, July 2012
  • On Class Actions, 2009
  • Contributing Author, California Class Actions Practice and Procedures (Elizabeth J. Cabraser, editor-in-chief), 2003
  • “Bashers Beware: The Continuing Constitutionality of Hate Crimes Statutes After R.A.V.,” 72 Oregon Law Review 157, Spring 1993
  • Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in field of Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2013-2021
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2021
  • “Litigator of the Year Finalist,” The American Lawyer, Industry Awards, 2020
  • “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar,” Law360, 2020
  • “Litigation Trailblazer,” New York Law Journal, 2020
  • Super Lawyer for New York Metro, Super Lawyers, 2006-2019
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Association for Justice, 2016
  • New York Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2016
  • Lawdragon Finalist, Lawdragon, 2009