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Tiseme Zegeye
Partner, San Francisco Office
415 956-1000

Tiseme Zegeye

A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, Tiseme Zegeye represents plaintiffs in employment discrimination and women’s health individual and class actions. Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, Tiseme was a Staff Attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, where she litigated to protect women’s reproductive rights. Previously she was a Legal Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project in New York, where she worked to fight gender discrimination in employment, education, and housing.

Tiseme earned her law degree from the New York University School of Law, where she won the BLAPA Kim Barry ‘98 Memorial Graduation Prize for academic excellence and commitment to international and human rights work, as well as a Dean’s Scholarship. During law school, she worked with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, interned with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and was active in the Black Allied Law Students Association and the Women of Color Collective.

Prior to attending law school, Tiseme earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in political science and sociology from the College of William and Mary, where she won the Benjamin Ewell Award for outstanding leadership and service to the College.

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  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    J.D. – 2011
  • The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
    B.A. cum laude – 2008
  • California, 2018
  • New York, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2016
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section (Employee-side Co-Chair of the Member Services Committee)
  • American Constitution Society Bay Area Lawyer Chapter (Outreach Co-Chair, Board Member)
  • Equal Rights Advocates (Litigation Committee Member)
  • Lawyering Project (Advisory Board Member)
  • Speaker, “Gender Pay Equity Here and Abroad,” American Association for Justice Winter Convention, February 2021
  • Panelist, “Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the Workplace,” American Bar Association 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, November 2020
  • “Ones to Watch,” Best Lawyers, 2021-2023
  • “Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer,” Daily Journal, 2022
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2021, 2022
  • “Unity Award,” Minority Bar Coalition, American Constitution Society, 2021
  • San Francisco