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The Plaintiffs’ Hot List Award

The National Law Journal has selected Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP as one of the top plaintiffs’ law firms in the nation for over a dozen years. In compiling its annual list, the National Law Journal looks for firms “representing the best qualities of the plaintiffs’ bar.” Below are brief profiles of many of the noteworthy cases our firm litigated that the National Law Journal highlighted in its Hot List awards.


The Plaintiffs' Hot List 2016

Telephone Consumer Protection Act Litigation – TCPA Cases (various). We spearheaded a series of groundbreaking class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), which prohibits abusive telephone practices by lenders and marketers, and places strict limits on the use of autodialers to call or send texts to cell phones. The settlements in these cases have collectively put a stop to millions of harassing calls by debt collectors and others and resulted in the recovery by consumers across America of over $200 million.


The Plaintiffs' Hot List 2015

In re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2151 (C.D. Cal.). We serve as Co-Lead Counsel for the plaintiffs in the Toyota injury cases in federal court representing individuals injured, and families of loved ones who died, in Toyota unintended acceleration accidents. In December 2013, Toyota announced its intention to begin to settle the cases. Lieff Cabraser played a key role in creating an innovative resolution process that has settled scores of cases in streamlined, individual conferences.


The Plaintiffs' Midsize Hot List 2014

In re High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation, No. 11 CV 2509 (N.D. Cal.). We serve as Co-Lead Class Counsel in a consolidated class action charging that Adobe Systems Inc., Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corporation, Intuit Inc., Lucasfilm Ltd., and Pixar violated antitrust laws by conspiring to suppress the pay of technical, creative, and other salaried employees. In September 2015, the Court approved a $415 million settlement with defendants Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe. Earlier, in May 2014, the Court approved partial settlements totaling $20 million resolving claims against Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar.


The Plaintiffs' Hot List 2013

In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1827 (N.D. Cal.). We represented direct purchasers in litigation against the world’s leading manufacturers of Thin Film Transistors – Liquid Crystal Displays that are used in flat-panel televisions, computer monitors, smart phones, and other devices. Plaintiffs charged that defendants conspired to fix the prices of TFT-LCD panels for over a decade. The classes reached settlements with all defendants except Toshiba. The case against Toshiba proceeded to trial and the jury returned a verdict for plaintiffs. The case was subsequently settled, bringing the total settlements in the litigation to over $470 million.


The Plaintiffs' Hot List 2012

In re Checking Account Overdraft Litigation, MDL No. 2036 (S.D. Fl.). We serve on the plaintiffs’ executive committee in Multi-District Litigation against the nation’s largest banks for engaging in unfair business practices intended to charge customers multiple overdraft fees on debit card transactions. In 2011, the Court approved a $410 million settlement with defendant Bank of America.


The Plaintiffs' Hot List 2011

In re Broadcom Corp. Derivative Litigation, No. CV 06-3252-R (C.D. Cal.). A federal judge threw out the government’s criminal case against former Broadcom executives and co-founders over an alleged stock-backdating scheme. In the shareholder derivative litigation, however, we served as Lead Counsel and achieved a settlement on the eve of trial valued at $79 million. Combined with an earlier partial settlement with Broadcom’s insurance carriers, the settlements in the case were valued at over $197 million.


The Plaintiffs' Hot List 2010

U.S. ex rel. Hendow v. University of Phoenix, No. 2:03-00457 (E.D. Cal.). The crux of this suit filed under the False Claims Act was the allegation that the University of Phoenix defrauded the U.S. Department of Education by obtaining federal student loan and Pell Grant money based on false statements of compliance with the Higher Education Act. Lieff Cabraser achieved a $78.5 million settlement, a record settlement under the False Claims Act involving fraud and the U.S. Department of Education.


The Plaintiffs' Hot List 2009

Bextra/Celebrex Marketing Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation, MDL-1699 (N.D. Cal.). Lieff Cabraser was appointed to oversee all personal injury and consumer litigation nationwide arising from the sale and marketing of COX-2 inhibitors manufactured by Pfizer, Pharmacia, and G.D. Searle. The team overcame the fact that the drugs had dissimilar regulatory histories and different liability issues, plus the risk of dismissal on pre-emption grounds. A global resolution resulted in a Pfizer payout of approximately $850 million.


The Plaintiffs' Hot List 2008

Sullivan v. DB Investments, No. 04-02819 (D.N.J.). Lieff Cabraser represented consumers who sued De Beers S.A. in California state court over its alleged conspiracy to monopolize the sale of rough diamonds. The resultant class certification orders were one factor in persuading De Beers to settle. The court granted final approval in May 2010 to a nationwide agreement under which De Beers would pay $295 million.


The Plaintiffs' Hot List 2007

Mraz v. DaimlerChrysler, No. BC 332487 (Cal. Sup. Ct.). Lieff Cabraser obtained a $54.4 million verdict for the family of a man whose Dodge Dakota pickup jumped from park to reverse and backed over him. The jury concluded that the automaker was negligent in designing the vehicle, for failing to warn of the defect, and for failing to issue a recall. The verdict included $50 million in punitive damages.


The Plaintiffs' Hot List 2006

Cox v. Microsoft, No. 105193/00 (N.Y. Sup. Ct.). Lieff Cabraser represented a class of consumers who charged that Microsoft engaged in anticompetitive conduct and/or violated state business practice statutes to harm competition and monopolize the markets for Intel-compatible software. The firm reached a settlement with Microsoft that made up to $350 million in benefits available to New York consumers and businesses.


The Plaintiffs' Hot List 2005

Gonzales v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, No. C03-2817 (N.D. Cal.). Lieff Cabraser represented female and minority employees and job applicants who claimed that because they failed to conform to the “A&F Look,” Nordic preppy, they were not hired or were banished to the back room. Abercrombie & Fitch agreed to pay approximately $50 million, including $40 million in damages, and to institute a range of policies and programs to promote diversity among its workforce and to prevent discrimination based on race or gender.


The Plaintiffs' Hot List 2004

Natural Gas Antitrust Cases (Cal. Sup. Ct.). Plaintiffs charged that during the California energy crisis in 2000-2001, El Paso manipulated the market to drive up natural gas prices. In a landmark victory for California residential and business consumers of natural gas, the Court approved a $1.5 billion settlement against El Paso Natural Gas Co.


The Plaintiffs' Hot List 2003

Claghorn v. Edsaco Ltd. (N.D. Cal.). In this securities fraud suit, a federal jury found that Edsaco set up phony companies as part of a scheme to report fictitious sales for another software company, and delivered a $170.7 million verdict agaisnt Edsaco. The verdict included $165 million in punitive damages.

Carver HEARTS

Carver HEARTS

Carver HEARTS Program: Fall 2008 Official Opening

We are pleased to announce the official opening of the Carver Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (“HEARTS”) Project. This project was announced in November 2007, and through the hard work of our Steering Committee Members, pro bono attorneys, architects, contractors, and partners at UCSF, the Carver HEARTS Project placed a therapist, Aliya Sheriff, Psy.D., at Carver Elementary at the start of the 2008-2009 school year! We couldn’t have done this without the generous support of all the donors and members of the community who have contributed their time, effort, and money to bring this project to fruition.

Summary Description

Carver HEARTS is a partnership between interested community members, George Washington Carver Elementary School, and UCSF’s Department of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to provide a therapist skilled in treating trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on-site at Carver Elementary School. Carver HEARTS will help students and their families address and process the effects of violence exposure on children in the area, allowing for healthier outcomes for the students and the community.

The problem of violence exposure is not a small issue in a school like Carver. In San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley Middle School, where (like Carver) students come from comparable neighborhoods in the Bayview, Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley, nearly 33% of sixth-graders reported in Fall 2006 that they had seen or known someone killed with a gun. See J. Tucker, “Children who survive urban warfare suffer from PTSD, too,” San Francisco Chronicle (Aug. 26, 2007). The effect of such experiences can be devastating, particularly if untreated.

In fact, child experts nationally report that as many as one-third of children living in our country’s violent urban neighborhoods have PTSD – or nearly twice the rate reported for troops returning from war zones in Iraq. Id. Nevertheless, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, PTSD in children is generally “undiagnosed, untreated and almost completely off the radar for policymakers and education officials.” Id. The consequences of ignoring this problem are obvious and devastating. Without this project, however, it is safe to say that virtually none of the children who need this assistance at Carver will receive it. And this is a shame because Carver children are so worth caring about.

Carver is a kindergarten-to-5th grade public elementary school just a few blocks off the T-third line in the Bayview/Hunter’s Point neighborhood, and about 2.5 miles from AT&T Park. Principal Emily Wade-Thompson has been at the school for almost 34 years. She puts her whole heart and soul into the place, and the environment is respectful, warm, and positive. About half of the roughly 265 students come from public housing projects;1 85% of them are African American; a substantial number are in foster care. The average annual household income is very low. Carver parents generally do not have the resources to fund a project like this.

But this is where we come in. It only takes approximately $60,000 annually to fund the salary and benefits for our Carver HEARTS therapist. Through our fiscal sponsor, UCSF Foundation, all donations to Carver HEARTS are 100% tax deductible. Once funded, the therapist will be hired and supervised by Dr. Miriam Martinez, head of UCSF’s Department of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. And everyone involved is committed to making this a multi-year commitment to ensure the project’s long-term success.

The expected deliverables are quite straightforward. For many children, it will simply allow them for the first time to attend school in the peaceful state of mind necessary for them to experience the opportunities that a public education can provide. Over the long-term, the consequences may be more profound. These include fewer behavioral problems, higher high school graduation rates, lower teen pregnancy, fewer repeated grades, fewer referrals to special education, and fewer disciplinary problems. See L. Karoly, et al., Investing in our Children: What We Know and Don’t Know About the Costs and Benefits of Early Childhood Interventions, RAND (1998). The cost-benefit analysis leads to obvious conclusions. Only there has been no one to fund this benefit. Until now.

If you have not already made a tax deductible donation to Carver HEARTS, there are two ways to donate:

1. Checks made payable to “UCSF Foundation” (re “Carver HEARTS”) and sent to:

Kelly M. Dermody
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
275 Battery Street, 30th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Or

UCSF Foundation
Re: Carver HEARTS
220 Montgomery Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

2. Online donations by credit card at: https://makeagift.ucsf.edu/

Please note: The website has two drop down bars to make sure the gift goes to the correct place:

  • On the “Designate your gift to one of the following areas” drop down menu, please select Neurology and Psychiatric Programs.
  • On the “Select a fund within that area” drop down menu, select Carver HEARTS Program.

If you have questions, please contact Kelly Dermody at (415) 956-1000 ext. 3333.

Carver Hearts Background

I. What is the Carver HEARTS Project?

Carver Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (“Carver HEARTS”) Project is a partnership between interested community members, George Washington Carver Elementary School, and UCSF Medical School to provide a therapist skilled in treating trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on-site at Carver Elementary. The project was announced in October 2007, and work commenced in early 2008. Carver HEARTS helps students and their families address and process the effects of violence exposure on children in the area, allowing for healthier outcomes for the students and the community. All funding for Carver HEARTS is being provided by the private community.

The Carver therapist is hired and supervised by Dr. Miriam Martinez (one of the area’s leading experts on childhood trauma issues) and her staff at USCF’s Department of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The therapist works in cooperation with Carver Principal Emily Wade-Thompson, a chief proponent of the project. Ms. Wade-Thompson has been affiliated with Carver Elementary for approximately 34 years.

II. What is the population to be served?

This project primarily serves students and their families at George Washington Carver Elementary in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco. Carver is a kindergarten through fifth grade school. Approximately one-half of the 265 students live in public housing1; roughly 85 percent are African American. The school has one of the highest rates of children in foster care in the District, and Carver parents do not independently have the financial resources to fund this type of project. Likewise, the school lacks the expertise and resources to provide this type of specialized treatment, and there are few providers in the neighborhood addressing trauma treatment for children.

The problem of violence exposure is not a small issue in a school like Carver. In San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley Middle School, where (like Carver) students come from comparable neighborhoods in the Bayview, Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley, nearly 33% of sixth-graders reported in Fall 2006 that they had seen or known someone killed with a gun. See J. Tucker, “Children who survive urban warfare suffer from PTSD, too,” San Francisco Chronicle (Aug. 26, 2007). The effect of such experiences can be devastating, particularly if untreated. In fact, child experts nationally report that as many as one-third of children living in our country’s violent urban neighborhoods have PTSD – or nearly twice the rate reported for troops returning from war zones in Iraq. Id. Nevertheless, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, PTSD in children is generally “undiagnosed, untreated and almost completely off the radar for policymakers and education officials.” Id. Moreover, experts on childhood trauma recognize, “PTSD basically feeds on avoidance. The more you avoid it, the worse it gets.” Id. Thus, the consequences of ignoring this problem are obvious and devastating.

Carver HEARTS is an attempt to break the cycle of negative consequences from childhood violence exposure. Without this project, it is safe to say that virtually none of the children who need this assistance at Carver will receive it.

III. Project Funding

Carver HEARTS funds the salary and benefits of the therapist at Carver Elementary. A professional with the skill set necessary to succeed in this project requires an annual salary and benefits package of at least $60,000, plus $3,000 in materials and overhead. UCSF has agreed to serve as our fiscal sponsor and all donations are tax deductible. Since the project was announced to the public in late October 2007, the organizers of Carver HEARTS have raised all of the first year (2008-2009) salary, and about 65% of year two (2009-2010), and continue to pursue individual donations and private funding. The organizers are committed to private fundraising for this project for at least the next 2-3 years, if not longer, with the intention to encourage substantial public funding by years 4 or 5.

IV. Expected Service and Outcomes

The Carver HEARTS psychologist has clinical experience treating children who are survivors of severe trauma, as well as domestic violence, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. The psychologist’s services include individual, family and group therapy. The psychologist has expertise and knowledge of San Francisco County services and resources for children, youth and families, experience providing case management services, and knowledge of coordinated care to the population served through UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Services (“CAS”). The psychologist works closely with related child service agencies, including Human Services Agency, SFUSD, and Primary Care Providers. The psychologist is available on site at Carver Elementary Monday through Friday, with hours that will accommodate individual, family and group work (e.g., during and after school hours).

The objective of this position is to decrease the traumatic impact of domestic and community violence on school aged children and their families. The end results would include:

  • increasing the child’s ability to function in social and academic settings,
  • achieving developmental milestones appropriate to age and culture,
  • decreasing stress caused by ongoing family violence and conflict, and
  • improving family functioning.

We estimate that the HEARTS Psychologist will deliver direct mental health services to approximately 70 students ( more than one-third of the Carver population) annually. This will include 25 hours a week of individual, group and or family therapy. The HEARTS clinician will provide 3 groups (serving 12-18 children) on site at Carver Elementary over the course of the school year. Each group will consist of 4-6 children who have been identified by the teachers and the psychologist as needing help with reducing anxious and disruptive behaviors in order to focus in the classroom setting. In addition, the psychologist will assess the need for and provide referrals to psychiatry or psychological testing, and advocate for greater levels of services if indicated. In addition, the HEARTS clinician will deliver on site school intervention in the event of a school crisis. The HEARTS psychologist will deliver at least four talks to the Carver staff and faculty annually and provide on going consultation to the school staff and faculty.

As part of the clinical evaluation of clients served, the following measures will be administered at the beginning of treatment, at four month intervals, and at the end of treatment: Achenbach Child Behavior Checklist or Youth Self Report (measures general behavioral problems and strengths); Briere Traumatic Symptoms Checklist for Children (measures post trauma symptoms); and the UCLA PTSD Index for DSM-IV (measures symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). In addition, questionnaires will be completed at the beginning of treatment which include information such as the following: demographic information, psychosocial/environmental stressors, trauma history, psychological and psychiatric symptoms, impact of problems on functioning (indicators of severity of problems), previous use of psychosocial services and interventions, and medical history.

Follow-up questionnaires will also be completed at four month intervals after initial assessment and at termination of treatment which will capture the following domains: psychological and psychiatric symptoms; impact of problems on functioning (indicators of severity of problems); use of other psychosocial services and interventions; and type and quantity of services provided. These measures and questionnaires will be used in treatment planning and in tracking client progress toward treatment goals. They will also enable us to better understand the demographic and psychosocial characteristics of clients served, as well as better understand the nature of the presenting problem (e.g., chief complaint) and/or the types of services that appear to be related to the psychosocial outcome of patients receiving psychotherapy.

We showed the following results in Year One:

  1. Increase in the number of traumatized children served;
  2. Increase in treatment retention over normal outpatient therapy in a clinic, with retention of at least 75% of children in therapy for at least two months;
  3. Increase in consistency of treatment, with at least 75% of clients coming to 75% of their scheduled sessions per month;
  4. Improvement in symptoms over the course of treatment, as measured by the standardized measures and questionnaires (although depending upon ongoing or new psychosocial/environmental stressors or traumas, symptoms can sometime worsen even when treatment is productive).

V. How to donate | more information

Tax deductible donations may be made as follows:

A. Checks made payable to “UCSF Foundation” (re “Carver HEARTS”) and sent to:

Kelly M. Dermody
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
275 Battery Street, 30th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Or

UCSF Foundation
Re: Carver HEARTS
220 Montgomery Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

B. Online donations by credit card at: https://makeagift.ucsf.edu/

Please note: The website has two drop down bars to make sure the gift goes to the correct place:

  • On the “Designate your gift to one of the following areas” drop down menu, please select Neurology and Psychiatric Programs.
  • On the “Select a fund within that area” drop down menu, select Carver HEARTS Program.

For more information, please contact Kelly Dermody at (415) 956-1000, ext. 3333.


1. The public housing facilities where Carver students live are notoriously bad, and among the worst in the Bay Area. See, e.g., H. Knight, “Ceiling break at public housing unit draws Third World comparison,” San Francisco Chronicle (Nov. 16, 2007) (describing sewage leak onto 6-year old Carver student).

General Staff

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Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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2019 Summer Associate Program

Lieff Cabraser’s Summer Associate Program is located in the San Francisco office only. Applications for Summer 2019 are no longer being accepted.

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Super Lawyers

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The annual Super Lawyers lists, published by Thomson Reuters, are a comprehensive and diverse guide to outstanding attorneys from a wide range of practice areas, firm sizes, and geographic regions. Attorneys from this list have obtained the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. They are the top five percent of attorneys in each state, chosen by their peers and through independent research.

Our attorneys have been selected for expertise in the practice areas of antitrust, aviation, civil and human rights, class action, consumer protection, defective products, employment, environmental and toxic torts, personal injury, and securities fraud litigation.

The attorneys from our San Francisco office who have been designated Super Lawyers are Donald C. Arbitblit, William Bernstein, Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Kelly M. Dermody, Nimish R. Desai, Eric B. Fastiff, Brendan P. Glackin, Dean M. Harvey, Lexi J. HazamRichard M. Heimann, Roger N. Heller, Daniel M. Hutchinson, Robert Lieff, Robert J. Nelson, Michael W. Sobol, and Fabrice Vincent.

Donald Arbitblit William Bernstein Elizabeth Cabraser Kelly Dermody Nimish Desai Eric Fastiff Brendan Glackin Dean Harvey Lexi Hazam Richard Heimann Roger Heller Daniel Hutchinson Robert Lieff Robert Nelson Michael Sobol Fabrice Vincent

The attorneys in our New York offices selected as New York Super Lawyers are Daniel P. ChiplockNicholas Diamand, Managing Partner Steven E. Fineman, Wendy R. Fleishman, Rachel Geman, Jonathan D. Selbin, Daniel Seltz, and David S. Stellings.

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Mark P. Chalos from our Nashville office has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer.

Mark Chalos

In 2018, Ms. Cabraser (for the ninth year) and Ms. Dermody (for the seventh year) were each recognized with additional honors as Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers. Ms. Cabraser has also been repeatedly recognized as one of the Top 10 Northern California Super Lawyers.

Rising Stars

Super Lawyers also recognizes “Rising Stars.” These are attorneys possessing significant achievements who have been practicing law ten or less years. Lieff Cabraser’s 2018 Rising Stars are Katherine Lubin Benson, Lin Y. ChanDouglas Cuthbertson, Melissa GardnerSarah R. London, Kelly McNabbMichael J. Miarmi, Phong-Chau NguyenAnne Shaver, and John Spragens.

The Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers Law Firm of the YearThe Best Lawyers in America is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. For the 2019 edition, over 87,000 leading attorneys were eligible to vote, and more than 10 million votes were tallied for attorneys in their various practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

The following Lieff Cabraser attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019: Donald Arbitblit, William Bernstein, Kenneth ByrdElizabeth Cabraser, Mark Chalos, Kelly Dermody, Nimish Desai, Paulina do AmaralEric Fastiff, Steven Fineman, Wendy FleishmanRachel Geman, Lexi HazamRichard Heimann, Robert Lieff, Sarah LondonRobert Nelson, Jonathan Selbin, Michael Sobol, and Fabrice Vincent.

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Elizabeth Cabraser Mark Chalos K_Dermody

Nimish Desai Paulina do Amaral Eric Fastiff

Steven Fineman Wendy Fleishman Rachel Geman

Lexi Hazam Richard Heimann Robert Lieff

Sarah London Robert Nelson Jonathan Selbin

Michael Sobol Fabrice Vincent

Lieff Cabraser is honored to have two attorneys recognized by their peers in voting compiled by Best Lawyers as 2019 Lawyers of the Year:

  • Elizabeth J. Cabraser was selected as 2019 Lawyer of the Year for Mass Tort Litigation – Plaintiffs in the San Francisco area; and
  • Rachel Geman was selected as 2019 Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law – Individuals  in the New York City area.

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Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is a sixty-plus attorney law firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and Nashville. We are among the largest law firms in the United States that only represent plaintiffs. Since our founding forty-three years ago, Lieff Cabraser has participated in many of the most important individual and class action lawsuits in the United States, helping recover over $97 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

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Lieff Cabraser in the Community

Lieff Cabraser in the Community

Lieff Cabraser proudly supports the goals of civil rights, human rights, increased access to legal services, and initiatives by the legal community to improve civil justice.

Lieff Cabraser sponsors the Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program conducted by the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF). We also support the National Association for Public Interest Law fellowship program. Fellowships made possible by Lieff Cabraser’s sponsorship have included work at the East Bay Community Law Center in Oakland, California, the Employment Law Center in San Francisco, California, and the NOW Legal Defense in New York, New York.

How to Be a Good Ally: A Strategic Engagement Conference

In late 2016 San Francisco office managing partner Kelly Dermody conceived and coordinated the enormously successful SF Bay Area “How to be a Good Ally” Strategic Engagement Conference, attended by 1,200 lawyers. Held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in January 2017, the symposium united scores of California and national non-profit organizations with the legal community in an effort to assist communities in need, including in the areas of hate crimes and Anti-Semitism, government targeting of Muslims, attacks on immigrants and the undocumented, domestic violence and sexual assault, healthcare for people with disabilities and medical vulnerabilities, backlash against the LGBT community, criminalization of communities of color, reproductive rights, worker justice, and saving the environment.

Lieff Cabraser’s Additional Community Sponsorships

For over 20 years, Lieff Cabraser sponsored the radio series “Perspectives,” airing on the public broadcasting station KQED-FM in the San Francisco Bay Area. The series offers listeners social and political opinion on a broad spectrum of contemporary issues. While we are no longer the program’s sponsor, we remain committed to sponsoring public radio. We are sponsoring a wide variety of programs on KQED-FM in 2015.

In 2007, Lieff Cabraser attorneys assisted in the launching of the Carver HEARTS Project. The project is a partnership among interested community members, George Washington Carver Elementary School in San Francisco, and UCSF’s Department of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The project provides a therapist skilled in treating trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on-site at Carver Elementary School.

In addition to the above-listed organizations, Lieff Cabraser supports the following:

We have been honored to receive the 2005 AIDS Legal Referral Panel “Firm of the Year” award and the 1998 Navigator of Civil Rights Award presented by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Our Commitment to Diversity

Lieff Cabraser is committed to diversity and inclusion in our professional work through our firm values and across our people. This commitment is embedded in the firm’s culture and reflected in our long-standing support of charitable groups and bar association programs, advancing diversity and ensuring equal opportunities for all.

We participate extensively in the diversity initiatives and programs of the Bar Association of San Francisco, including its 2010 Goals and Timetables and Recommendations for Minority Hiring and Advancement and the No Glass Ceiling Initiative, each of which commit the firm to voluntary benchmarks for the hiring and promotion of diverse lawyers.

Pro Bono and Amicus Work Promoting Diversity

Lieff Cabraser has undertaken numerous pro bono cases in support of diversity, equality, and employee and civil rights. For example, in 2008, we served as counsel for Amici Curiae the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Right Under Law before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in support of former African-American employees of Johnson & Johnson who alleged they were discriminated on the basis of their race. Gutierrez v. Johnson & Johnson, 523 F.3d 187 (3rd Cir. 2008).

On December 16, 2014, the Anti-Defamation League recognized Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody with its Distinguished Jurisprudence Award at a gala luncheon in San Francisco (Lieff Cabraser managing partner Steven Fineman is seen presenting the award to Ms. Dermody).

On December 16, 2014, the Anti-Defamation League recognized Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody with its Distinguished Jurisprudence Award at a gala luncheon in San Francisco.

We have taken an active role in support of marriage equality in California and nationwide. Lieff Cabraser believes in the Constitution’s promise of liberty and equality for all.

On March 5, 2015, Lieff Cabraser joined 378 businesses to ask the United States Supreme Court to strike down state law bans on same-sex marriage in connection with the pending case, Obergefell v. Hodges.

Commenting on the firm’s participation in the case, Kelly M. Dermody, the managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, stated, “Our firm recognizes that it is illogical and unfair that we are compelled by Tennessee law to institutionalize disrimination for our own employees in Tennessee even as they fight to justice for our firm’s clients every day. We proudly join the other 378 employees – often adversaries in our cases, but united on this issue – to seek equality under the law for all marriages.”

Lieff Cabraser attorneys (left to right) Sarah London, Lexi Hazam, Paulina do Amaral, and Annika Martin at the 2014 Women En Mass conference in Colorado.

Lieff Cabraser attorneys (left to right) Sarah London, Lexi Hazam, Paulina do Amaral, and Annika Martin at the 2014 Women En Mass conference in Colorado.

Lieff Cabraser previously participated as an amicus party in the similar employer brief filed in the 2013 landmark United States Supreme Court case, United States v. Windsor (the challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act), and served as amici counsel in connection with the 2013 United States Supreme Court case challenging California’s Proposition 8, Perry v. Hollingsworth.

Earlier, before the California Supreme Court in Strauss v. Horton, 46 Cal. 4th 364 (2008), we served as Amici Curiae counsel for forty bar and legal advocacy non-profit organizations throughout California and nationwide. Amici Curiae argued that Proposition 8’s denial of equal protection to a class of individuals with respect to a fundamental right violated the California Constitution.

Support of Bar Organizations Promoting Diversity

Lieff Cabraser sponsors, participates in, and serves in leadership roles for bar organizations and non-profit groups that promote diversity and seek to eliminate barriers to the hiring, advancement, and retention of diverse persons (including racial and ethnic minorities; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender persons; and persons with disabilities) in the legal profession and the broader community. These bar organizations and non-profit groups include:

  • American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section:
    • Standing Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, including its Diversity Task Force [Our lawyers have served on and co-chaired this Committee and Task Force];
    • Administrative Committee on Equal Opportunity in the Legal Profession [Our lawyers have served on and co-chaired this Committee];

Support for Diversity Employment Programs

Lieff Cabraser actively works with law schools and associations to promote full and equal participation in the legal profession by diverse attorneys, including through:

Recognition of Our Promotion of Diversity and Social Justice

Our firm and attorneys have been honored to receive numerous awards for our leadership on initiatives that promote diversity and civil rights, including:

Class Action Attorney: Answers About Class Action Lawsuits

Class Action Attorney: Answers About Class Action Lawsuits

What is a class action lawsuit?

A class action is a type of lawsuit in which one or several persons sue on behalf of a larger group of persons, referred to as “the class.”

While the subject matter of class action lawsuits can vary widely, two factors are almost always present for every class action:

  1. the issues in dispute are common to all members of the class, and
  2. the persons affected are so numerous as to make it impracticable to bring them all before the court.

Depending upon the type of class action, resolution of the lawsuit binds all members of the class certified by the Court. Under federal law, the rules governing class actions are found in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23.

Many of our cases started as the result of complaints by one or a handful of persons. If you have been harmed by a fraud, defective product, illegal conduct, or a deceptive practice, please feel free to contact us.

What are some types of class actions?

Examples of class actions include claims by:

What are the public policy reasons supporting class action suits?

Class action lawsuits are designed to advance several important public policy goals. A class action is often the sole means of enabling persons, even those with serious injuries, to remedy injustices committed by powerful, multi-million dollar corporations and institutions. As stated by former United States Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, “The class action is one of the few legal remedies the small claimant has against those who command the status quo.”

In other situations, each person within a large group may have suffered only limited damages and the cost of individual lawsuits would be far greater than the value of each claim. The total damages, however, to the class could be quite large. The wrongdoer would have the incentive to continue its fraudulent conduct but for a class action.

“In the age of mass production and mass marketing, class actions are necessary to allow individuals to take on multi-national corporations, where expenses of litigating would be otherwise prohibitive. The class becomes a de facto corporation for the purposes of suit, allowing individuals to band together and be equally matched against corporate defendants,” Lieff Cabraser partner and class action attorney Elizabeth Cabraser has observed.

Finally, where the defendant has engaged in a pattern of wrongdoing, a class action can provide an effective remedy for the group without incurring the costs of thousands of separate lawsuits and risking inconsistent decisions by the courts.

Why are class action lawsuits controversial?

Many see lawyers, both the plaintiffs’ counsel who receive a recovery only if the class prevails and defense counsel who are paid regardless of the outcome of the case, as the only “winners” when class actions are resolved.

This image of class actions is advanced by large corporations and the organizations they support financially for the purpose of undermining the ability of Americans to exercise their right to a civil jury trial under the 7th Amendment to the Bill of Rights. Without the ability to safeguard of our rights through the civil justice system, in many cases rogue corporations would be immune from liability. No compensation would be provided to those economically or physically injured by their misconduct.

Before any class action settlements may occur, the judge presiding over the case must give notice of the settlement to the class, allow all who wish to be heard to state their positions and/or objections, and approve the settlement, including the attorneys’ fees, only if the settlement and fees are fair and reasonable.

This summary of class actions is intended to give lay persons a basic overview to class actions. It is for informational purposes only and does not constitute specific legal advice. Nor is this summary intended to create, and receipt does not create, an attorney-client relationship. Please read our disclaimer.

Awards

Awards

Recognized by The American Lawyer as “one of the nation’s premier plaintiffs’ firms,” Lieff Cabraser has litigated and resolved thousands of individual lawsuits and hundreds of class and group actions. Since our founding in 1972, we have assisted clients in recovering over $118 billion in verdicts and settlements.

Outstanding National Recognition

Best Lawyers

From 2011 through 2016, U.S. News and Best Lawyers selected Lieff Cabraser as a national “Law Firm of the Year.” For 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015, we were recognized in the category of Mass Torts Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs. For 2013, the publications selected our firm as the nation’s premier plaintiffs’ law firm in the category of Employment Law – Individuals. For 2016, we were again recognized in the category of Mass Torts Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs. Only one law firm in each practice area receives the “Law Firm of the Year” designation.

National Law Journal Plaintiffs Hot List Hall of FameThe National Law Journal has named Lieff Cabraser to its Hot List as one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ law firms for fourteen years through 2016 (when the award was discontinued). The firm is also a member of the publication’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List Hall of Fame. In compiling the list, The National Law Journal examines recent verdicts and settlements and selects firms “representing the best qualities of the plaintiffs’ bar and that demonstrated unusual dedication and creativity.”

In 2014, The National Law Journal named Lieff Cabraser to its inaugural list of America’s Elite Trial Lawyers. We were also selected by the publication for its Midsize Hot List.

Law360 Product Liability Group of the Year AwardLaw360 has named Lieff Cabraser as one of the nation’s “Most Feared” Plaintiffs’ firms. Law360 looked for plaintiffs’ firms that “stood above the rest… by launching headline-grabbing suits, winning landmark decisions and brokering mammoth settlements.” Law360 has named Lieff Cabraser one of the Top 50 Firms for Litigation nationwide (2016); as a California Powerhouse (2017), and signed out our firm’s Consumer Protection and Digital Privacy/Data Protection practice groups as 2017 Practice Groups of the Year. The publication also recognized Lieff Cabraser with its 2014 Products Liability practice group of the year award for the successes we have achieved for our clients in personal injury and mass torts cases.

Benchmark Litigation Highly Recommended FirmIn 2017, Benchmark Litigation named Lieff Cabraser one of the Top 10 Plaintiffs Firms in America. The publication also named founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser as the Plaintiff Attorney of the Year for 2017.

Legal 500 Mass Torts Class Action Firm of the YearAs part of its “Legal 500 Awards,” the UK-based publication Legal 500 named Lieff Cabraser as its U.S. Mass Torts and Class Action Plaintiffs’ Law Firm of the Year in 2014. The Legal 500 awards honor the best practice teams in the U.S., as determined by Legal 500 from thousands of lawyer interviews.

The Recorder has named Lieff Cabraser the recipient of its 2015 California Litigation Department of the Year award in the category of employment law. In 2013, the last year The Recorder announced Ligation Department of the Year awards, Lieff Cabraser was named as a finalist for the California Antitrust Department of the Year. In evaluating nominees, The Recorder considered the difficulty of the matter, its strategic or monetary value to the client, and how creative, efficient and effective the chosen litigation strategy proved to be.

Distinguished Service by Our Attorneys

Our attorneys are recognized as some of the most qualified and skilled in their respective fields. They are routinely appointed by federal and state courts to serve as leaders in national litigation. More than half of Lieff Cabraser’s attorneys are, or have been, directors and officers of local, state, and national bar and legal advocacy organizations, highlighted by:

Steven E. FinemanSteven E. Fineman, the firm’s Managing Partner, is the Vice-Chair of the ADL New York Region. He previously served as the 2011-12 President of the Public Justice Foundation, a not-for-profit membership organization that supports Public Justice, P.C., a national public interest law firm dedicated to fighting for justice through precedent-setting and socially significant litigation. Many of the nation’s most distinguished and accomplished attorneys serve on the Public Justice Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Kelly M. DermodyKelly M. Dermody, chair of the firm’s Employment practice group, served as the 2011-12 President of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Founded in 1872, BASF serves San Francisco Bay Area legal professionals and the community by promoting access to justice, excellence, and diversity in the legal profession, and by providing legal and pro bono services to disadvantaged and underserved individuals.

Twenty-five firm attorneys have been rated as Super Lawyers and another twelve attorneys designated as Rising Stars. Eighteen firm attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers. California Lawyer magazine has selected four of our attorneys for its prestigious California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) award. The Daily Journal has recognized five of our attorneys as Top 100 lawyers in California for their outstanding accomplishments and service on bar and legal organizations.

Elizabeth J. CabraserElizabeth J. Cabraser has been repeatedly recognized as one of the foremost litigators in our nation, including being selected as Benchmark Litigation’s Plaintiff Attorney of the Year for 2017 and four times by The National Law Journal as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” The Daily Journal has called her “a commanding attorney and a role model for other litigators, especially fellow female lawyers.”

In 2010, the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession honored Ms. Cabraser with its Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. The award recognizes the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. It is regarded by many as the highest honor in the legal profession for women lawyers.

Learn more about Lieff Cabraser’s Best Lawyer award recipients.

Learn more about Lieff Cabraser’s Super Lawyer award recipients.

Our Firm

Your Champion for Justice

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is a ninety-plus attorney law firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, and Nashville. We are among the largest law firms in the United States that only represent plaintiffs.

We are driven by a strong and principled sense of social responsibility. We are committed to achieving justice for investors, consumers, employees, patients, and business owners; promoting safer products and fair competition; protecting our environment; assisting individuals blow the whistle on fraud; safeguarding the rights of patent and copyright holders; ensuring our right to privacy is preserved; and upholding the civil rights of citizens worldwide.

An outstanding track record

Since our founding 45 years ago in 1972, Lieff Cabraser has litigated and resolved hundreds of class action lawsuits and thousands of individual cases. We have played a significant role in achieving verdicts and settlements valued at $100 million or greater in 68 separate cases, including 26 cases in excess of $1 billion. Many of these cases are among the most significant civil cases in the United States over the past quarter century, including:

A national reputation for excellence

Our attorneys are recognized as some of the most qualified and skilled professionals in their fields. They are routinely appointed by federal and state courts to serve as leaders in national litigation. Many of our attorneys are directors and officers of local, state, and national bar organizations.

The National Law Journal has recognized Lieff Cabraser as one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ law firms for fourteen years. In compiling the list, the National Law Journal examines recent verdicts and settlements and looked for firms “representing the best qualities of the plaintiffs’ bar and that demonstrated unusual dedication and creativity.”

From 2011 through 2016, Best Lawyers and U.S. News selected Lieff Cabraser as a “Law Firm of the Year,” including recognition for Mass Torts Litigation/Class Actions and Employment Law.

In 2016, Law360 selected Lieff Cabraser as one of the Top 50 law firms nationwide for litigation. This list included firms over twenty times our size, and Law360 highlighted Lieff Cabraser’s “laser focus,” noting that our firm routinely finds itself “facing off against some of the largest and strongest defense law firms in the world.” Also in 2016, Benchmark Litigation named Lieff Cabraser as one of the “Top 10 Plaintiffs’ Firms in America.”

The resources necessary to succeed in complex litigation

We possess the sophisticated legal skills, financial resources, investigative talent, and administrative support to take on the world’s most powerful corporations. We take great pride in our innovative approach to the practice of law and our firm’s leadership role in cases resulting in landmark decisions and precedent-setting rulings.

A commitment to the community

Lieff Cabraser proudly supports civil rights, human rights, increased access to legal services, and initiatives and organizations working to improve civil justice, increase diversity in the legal profession, and assist the underserved in the communities we serve. We provided free legal services to seven victims of the 9/11 attacks in hearings before the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and obtained awards totaling over $5 million.