Kelly McNabb
Partner, New York Office
212 355-9500

Kelly McNabb

Kelly McNabb is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office and has over 10 years of experience in complex civil litigation. As a member of the firm’s mass tort and product liability practice group, she has represented people and families who have been injured by dangerous and defective products manufactured by medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Kelly has played an integral role in litigation in state and federal courts across the country and has served as court-appointed leadership in complex litigations, including as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the multidistrict litigation In re Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis Litigation, MDL No. 2859 (S.D.N.Y.), and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Social Media Cases Judicial Counsel Coordination Proceeding No. 5255 (Los Angeles Superior Court). Kelly has dedicated her practice to holding corporations accountable for injuries that devastate her clients.

Kelly also works for the improvement of the legal profession by participating in ongoing leadership and educational organizations. She specializes in electronic discovery and is Lieff Cabraser’s Partner-in-Charge of ESI, serves as the Publication Committee Co-Chair of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1, and is a board member of the Complex Litigation e-Discovery Forum. Kelly also serves as the Chair for the American Association for Justice Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Section.

Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, Kelly began her practice in Minnesota and in 2014 Minnesota Lawyer named Kelly as an Attorney of the Year over litigation involving severely injured premature infants, including several deaths. She volunteered at The Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis from 2012 to 2015, and continued her human rights work in New York representing a client seeking asylum, which was granted in 2017 after 5 years of advocacy.

In her spare time, Kelly enjoys traveling, trying new cuisines, and being active, especially weight training, yoga, hiking, and skiing

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  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    J.D. (Cum Laude) – 2012
    Law Review: Minnesota Law Review, Managing/Research Editor, 2010 – 2012
  • University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
    Non-EU Exchange Law Student, January – May 2012
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities College of Liberal Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    B.A. – 2008
    Major: Psychology
  • Minnesota, 2012
  • New York, 2015
  • Utah, 2024
  • U.S. Court Of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2021
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2017
  • American Association for Justice Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Section, Chair
  • Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum Board Member
  • Law360 Editorial Advisory Board, Product Liability, 2022, 2023
  • The Sedona Conference Working Group I, Steering Committee, 2022
  • Advocates for Human Rights, 2012 – 2015
  • Moderator, “Associate Perspective on Mass Litigation,” Trial Lawyers of Mass Torts Park City, Utah Conference, February 2024
  • Speaker, “What’s New in Defendants’ ESI Playbook and Strategies?” Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum (CLEF) Annual Conference, May 2022
  • “The Relevant Scope of General Causation: Internal Company Documents and Communications,” American Association for Justice Newsletter, 2018
  • “What ‘Being a Watchdog’ Really Means: Removing the Attorney General from the Supervision of Charitable Trusts,” Minnesota Law Review, 2012
  • Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of “Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs,” 2021-2024
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2024
  • “Lawdragon 500 X – The Next Generation,” Lawdragon, 2023
  • “Rising Star for New York Metro,” Super Lawyers, 2016-2022
  • Minnesota Lawyer, Attorney of the Year – Pritzker Trial Team, 2014