Lin Y. Chan
Partner, San Francisco Office
415 956-1000

Lin Y. Chan

A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, Lin Chan’s successes include representing California consumers and third party payors charging that brand name and generic drug manufacturers conspired to restrain competition in the sale of Bayer’s blockbuster antibiotic drug Ciprofloxacin (Cipro). In 2017, plaintiffs in the Cipro case settled with all remaining defendants, bringing the total recovery to $399 million. Lin won AAI’s Antitrust Enforcement award for “Outstanding Antitrust Achievement by a Young Lawyer” for her work on the Cipro drug antitrust cases. She also shared Lieff Cabraser’s team award from the AAI’s Antitrust Enforcement award for “Outstanding Private Practice Antitrust Achievement” for their work on the Cipro case.

Lin also represented direct purchasers of titanium dioxide against titanium dioxide manufacturers for conspiring to fix prices. The case settled on the eve of trial in 2013 for $163 million.

Lin currently serves as co-lead counsel representing consumers who allege that the two leading manufacturers and distributors of consumer telescopes conspired to fix prices and monopolize the consumer telescope market in the United States.

She serves as 2023 President of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. Lin was the inaugural recipient of AAI and COSAL’s Hollis Salzman Memorial Leadership Award in 2021, awarded to a leader within the plaintiffs’ antitrust bar who has advanced opportunities for other women and attorneys from underrepresented groups. She also serves as Immediate Past President of COSAL and a member of the AAI’s Advisory Board. Lin is Lieff Cabraser’s Hiring Partner and leads the firm’s Lawyers of Color Committee.

Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, Lin litigated employment class actions at Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals from 2007 to 2008.
Lin received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2007. While at Stanford, Lin was the Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

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  • Stanford Law School, Stanford, California
    J.D. – 2007
    Law Journal: Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Editor-in-Chief
  • Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude) – 2001
  • California, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 2022
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico, 2017
  • Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, 2024-2026
  • American Antitrust Institute (Advisory Board Member, 2019 – present)
  • American Bar Association Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice (Fair and Impartial Courts Committee Co-Chair, 2017-2019)
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (Executive Committee and Board Member, 2013-2019; Annual Dinner Committee Co-Chair, 2015-2016)
  • Asian American Bar Association (President, 2023; Officer, 2020-2022; Director-at-Large, 2017-2019; Women’s Committee Co-Chair, 2016-2017; Civil Rights Committee Co-Chair, 2011-2016)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (Antitrust and Business Regulation, Co-Chair, 2018-2019)
  • Committee to Support Antitrust Laws (COSAL) (Immediate Past President, 2023; President, 2022; Officer, 2019-2021)
  • Law360 Editorial Advisory Board, Competition, 2021, 2022
  • Public Justice
  • State Bar of California
  • Panelist, Under the Umbrella: Antitrust Damages, ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting, April 2023
  • Panelist, Celebrating Women in Antitrust, California Lawyers Association, March 2023
  • Moderator, Antitrust and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Plaintiffs’ Antitrust Bar, American Antitrust Institute 15th Annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference (Nov. 10, 2021)
  • Panelist, The State of Private Enforcement: What 10-Year Trends Say About the Success of Antitrust Class Actions, American Antitrust Institute 14th
  • Annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference (Nov. 10, 2020)
  • Moderator, Information Exchanges: Antitrust, RICO, and Tort Theories of Liability, American Bar Association Antitrust Section (July 2, 2020)
  • Panelist, API Representation, Bay Area Asian Pacific American Law Students Associations Conference (Jan. 25, 2020)
  • Panelist, Class Certification – The Evolving Relationship Between Damages and Predominance, American Bar Association 6th Annual Class Actions and Mass Torts Regional CLE Program (June 21, 2019)
  • Moderator, Gerrymandering and the New Supreme Court: Where Do We Go From Here?, American Bar Association (Sept. 6, 2018)
  • Panelist, Careers in the Private Sector, Pathways to Law Conference (Feb. 2018)
  • Moderator, Antitrust for HR: No-Poach and Wage-Fixing Agreements, Bar Association of San Francisco (Jan. 16, 2018)
  • Moderator, Challenging Non-Price Restraints, American Antitrust Institute Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference (Nov. 2017)
  • Panelist, Mediation and Settlement: Tips on Damages Analysis, New Case Law and Cy Pres, Bridgeport’s 2017 Wage & Hour Litigation & Management Conference (Oct. 6, 2017)
  • Chapter Chair, Lindemann & Grossman, Employment Discrimination Law, Sixth Edition
  • Moderator, Workers in the New Tech Economy: Race and Gender Discrimination, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL) 2016 Symposium (Feb. 26, 2016)
  • Panelist, Settlement Ethics: Negotiating Class Action Settlements the Right Way, 2016 14th Annual Impact Fund Class Action Conference (Feb. 2016)
  • Panelist, Empowering Asian Pacific American Women in the Law, Berkeley Law (Feb. 2016)
  • Moderator, What Making a Murderer Means for Fair and Impartial Courts: A Discussion with Dean Strang, American Bar Association Civil Rights and Social Justice Section (May 9, 2016)
  • Author, Do Federal Associated General Contractors Standing Requirements Apply to State Illinois Brick Repealer Statutes?, Business Torts & RICO News (Winter 2015)
  • Panelist, Federal and State Whistleblower Laws: What You Need to Know, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (Nov. 2014)
  • Panelist, Hey CAFA, Is That a Class Action: Mississippi ex rel Hood v. AU Optronics, ABA Section of Litigation (Jan. 30, 2014)
  • Author, California Supreme Court Clarifies State Class Certification Standards in Brinker, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Newsletter (Apr. 2013)
  • Presenter, Rule 23 Basics in Employment Cases, 11th Annual Impact Fund Employment Discrimination Class Action Conference (Feb. 2013)
  • Chapter Author, The Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategies (2013)
  • Co-Author, Clash of the Titans: Iqbal and Wage and Hour Class/Collective Actions, BNA, Daily Labor Report, 80 DLR L-1 (Apr. 28, 2010)
  • Chapter Co-Chair, Lindemann & Grossman, Employment Discrimination Law, Fifth Edition (2012)
  • Chapter Update Chair, Lindemann & Grossman, Employment Discrimination Law Cumulative Supplement (2010, 2014, 2015)
  • Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in field of “Litigation – Antitrust,” 2021-2024
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2019-2024
  • “Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers, 2023
  • “Top 50 Women Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers, 2023
  • “Super Lawyer for Northern California,” Super Lawyers, 2019-2023
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2018-2023
  • “Hollis Salzman Memorial Leadership Award,” American Antitrust Institute & Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws (COSAL), 2021
  • “Top Antitrust Lawyers in California,” Daily Journal, 2021
  • “Rising Star for Northern California,” Super Lawyers, 2015-2018
  • “40 and Under Hot List,” Benchmark Litigation, 2018
  • “Outstanding Antitrust Achievement by a Young Lawyer,” American Antitrust Institute, 2017
  • “Outstanding Private Practice Antitrust Achievement,” American Antitrust Institute, 2017
  • “Rising Star for Competition Law,” Law360, 2017