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Michael Levin-Gesundheit
Partner, San Francisco Office
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Michael Levin-Gesundheit

Michael Levin-Gesundheit is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office. His practice is dedicated to using the law to seek fairness for employees, consumers, and other injury or fraud victims, regardless of the resources of the defendant, in litigation against Goldman Sachs and Microsoft for gender discrimination, Google for invasions of privacy, a major pharmaceutical company for fraudulent marketing practices, and the myriad entities responsible for the opioid epidemic. In the Goldman Sachs discrimination class action, which was certified in 2018, he led a multi-year charge to combat Goldman Sachs’s attempts to excise class members from the case on the basis of arbitration agreements buried in the fine print of routine employment documents (e.g., stock grants). His efforts, described by Goldman Sachs’s counsel as “relentless,” allowed nearly 350 current and former Goldman Sachs employees to choose continued participation in the class action over individual arbitration.

Currently, Michael is a leader of the team preparing the San Francisco opioid bellwether case for trial, following remand in February 2020 from the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. His focus has been the case against Walgreens, for its role in preventing and/or discouraging its pharmacists from conducting the prescription due diligence required under the Controlled Substances Act.

Michael has also represented clients on appeal. Following entry of summary judgment in favor of two defendants in personal injury action stemming from serious injuries sustained at the world-renowned Laguna Seca Raceway, Michael led appellate briefing to reversal of the trial court in a published opinion from the California Court of Appeal outlining the distinction between ordinary and gross negligence.

Michael’s pro bono practice includes successfully representing unaccompanied Central American minors in obtaining immigration relief.

Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, Michael was a law clerk for Judge Jacqueline Nguyen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, California and Judge Garland Burrell, Jr. of federal district court in Sacramento. He is a Bay Area native and graduate of Stanford Law School, where he served as Managing Editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. Michael’s hobbies include hiking and backpacking, gardening, repairing anything that is broken, and (like many who have survived the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic) baking.

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  • Stanford Law School, Stanford, California
    J.D. – 2013
    Stanford Law & Policy Review, Managing Editor
  • Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    A.B. (Magna Cum Laude) – 2008
    Major: Social Studies
  • California, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 2019
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2019
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2015
  • American Bar Association, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Hon. Jacqueline Nguyen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Law Clerk, 2014-2015
  • Hon. Garland Burrell, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Law Clerk, 2013-2014
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2021
  • “Rising Star for Northern California,” Super Lawyers, 2020, 2021
  • “Outstanding Volunteer,” Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, 2019-2020
  • San Francisco