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Nimish R. Desai
Partner, San Francisco Office
415 956-1000

“Our clients play the most important role in seeking justice by simply defending their rights – whether as employees, consumers, whistleblowers, or in countless other circumstances.”
Nimish R. Desai
Nimish R. Desai

Nimish R. Desai is a partner specializing in False Claims Act, class action, and environmental torts cases. In his False Claims Act practice, he has represented whistleblower clients in the healthcare, military contracting, mortgage, and securities industries. In addition to managing numerous under seal matters, Nimish has litigated and won notable cases, including obtaining a $46 million false billing case settlement from one of California’s largest hospital systems. Nimish also worked alongside the U.S. Department of Justice to recover $37 million from a military contractor accused of selling defective equipment.

In his class action practice, Nimish is one of the firm’s lead attorneys in the Takata air bag litigation, which has resulted in approved and proposed settlements totaling over $1 billion to date. He helped lead the litigation against BP over its allegedly defective solar panels, which resulted in a nationwide settlement valued at $67 million. Prior to that, he worked on litigation against Toyota for sudden acceleration problems in its vehicles, and against Pfizer for its allegedly defective prescription drugs Bextra and Celebrex. With his chemical engineering background, Nimish also works on the firm’s environmental cases and investigations, including the 2015 Santa Barbara oil spill, currently being litigated in federal court in Los Angeles, and the TVA coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee, which settled in 2014 for nearly $28 million.

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  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Berkeley Law), Berkeley, California
    J.D. – 2006
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    B.S. & B.A. – 2002
    Honors: High Honors
  • Texas, 2017
  • California, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2021
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2021
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2019
  • American Bar Association
  • American Constitution Society
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • East Bay Community Law Center (Board Member, 2010)
  • South Asian Bar Association (Board Member, 2010)
  • State Bar of California
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund (Conference and Member Education Committee, 2021-)
  • “BP, Exxon Valdez, and Class-Wide Punitive Damages,” 21 Class Action and Derivative Suit Committee Newsletter, Fall 2010
  • “American Chemistry Council v. Johnson: Community Right to Know, But About What? D.C. Circuit Takes Restrictive View of EPCRA,” 33 Ecology L.Q. 583, Winter 2006, 2006
  • “Lessons Learned and Unlearned: A Case Study of Medical Malpractice Award Caps in Texas,” The Subcontinental, Vol. 1, Issue, 4, pp. 81-87, Winter 2004
  • “Separation of Fine Particulate Matter Emitted From Gasoline and Diesel Vehicles Using Chemical Mass Balancing Techniques,” Environmental Science Technology, 37(17) pp. 3904-3909, 2003
  • “Analysis of Motor Vehicle Emissions in a Houston Tunnel during Texas Air Quality Study 2000,” Atmospheric Environment, 38, 3363-3372, 2004
  • Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in field of “Qui Tam Law,” 2016 – 2021
  • “40 and Under Hot List,” Benchmark Litigation, 2018 – 2022
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2021
  • “Super Lawyer for Northern California,” Super Lawyers, 2013 – 2021
  • “Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer,” Daily Journal, 2019
  • “Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist,” Consumer Attorneys of California, 2014
  • “Rising Star for Northern California,” Super Lawyers, 2012