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Kevin R. Budner
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Kevin R. Budner

Kevin R. Budner is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, and a tireless advocate for consumers and personal injury victims.

Kevin is part of the leadership team in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” multidistrict litigation, in which plaintiffs allege that Volkswagen intentionally and systematically cheated its customers, lied to the government, and misled the public about the emissions of its diesel engine vehicles sold under the Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche brands. The Court granted final approval to a partial class settlement worth $10.03 billion in October 2016, and a second partial class settlement valued at between $1.2 billion and $4.1 billion in May 2017. The team won the California Daily Journal’s “California Lawyer of the Year” award, was honored as finalists by the Consumer Attorneys of California for their prestigious Consumer Attorney of the Year award, and continues to prosecute claims under the Lanham Act on behalf of competitor dealerships that allege they lost sales as a result of Volkswagen’s fraud.

Kevin is also part of the leadership team in the Fiat-Chrysler “EcoDiesel” multidistrict litigation, which, like the Volkswagen litigation, involves allegations that Fiat-Chrysler cheated its customers and misled the public by including a “defeat device” in more than one hundred thousand Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel vehicles. Those defeat devices, plaintiffs allege, enable the supposedly “Eco” vehicles to emit noxious pollutants at over 20x the legal limit.

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  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Berkeley Law), Berkeley, California
    J.D. – May, 2012
    Law Journal: Berkeley Journal of International Law, Senior Editor
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
    B.A. – December, 2005
  • California, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2014
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2014
  • American Association for Justice
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California
  • “Ones to Watch,” Best Lawyers, 2021
  • “Rising Star for Class Action Law,” Law360, 2021
  • “Rising Star for Northern California,” Super Lawyers, 2019 – 2020
  • “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” Public Justice, 2019
  • “Trial Lawyer Excellence Award,” Law Bulletin, 2019
  • “California Lawyer of the Year,” California Daily Journal, 2018
  • “40 and Under Hot List,” Benchmark Litigation, 2018
  • “Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist,” Consumer Attorneys of California, 2017