Attorneys

Gabriel Panek

Gabriel Panek is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office. Before joining our firm, Gabriel served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Beverly B. Martin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and to the Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton.

Dr. Martha Szabó

Dr. Martha Szabó is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s Munich office. Before joining Lieff Cabraser, she worked as a research fellow at University of Göttingen, Germany, in the field of civil procedural law. She specializes in antitrust litigation.

Martha speaks German, English, and French.

Jallé Dafa

Jallé Dafa is a skilled trial and appellate attorney who represents employees and consumers in high-stakes class action litigation across a variety of industries. A few of her recent representations include employees challenging “no poaching” agreements between fast-food employers that have the effect of suppressing worker salaries, consumers in deceptive hidden fee lawsuits against telephone and cable companies, and plaintiffs alleging the prices of bail bonds in California have been unlawfully inflated by sureties and bail agents in a price-fixing conspiracy. Jallé has also zealously represented students and young professionals in sexual assault and harassment matters.

Jallé joined Lieff Cabraser after clerking on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, and the Northern District of California for the Honorable Jacqueline S. Corley. Prior to Lieff Cabraser, Jallé was an associate at Siegel, Yee, Brunner, & Mehta, where she litigated Title VII, Title IX, and Whistleblower retaliation claims on behalf of wrongfully terminated employees. She earned an A.B. from Brown University, where she was co-president of the Black student association and an intern with UNESCO’s Communication and Information office in Quito, Ecuador, and a J.D. from Berkeley Law School, where she was a co-founder of the Women of Color Collective (WOCC) and social justice chair of the Law Students of African Descent (LSAD).

Vera Schedel

Vera Schedel is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s Munich office. Before joining Lieff Cabraser, Vera worked as an attorney at an international law firm in Munich. She specializes in antitrust litigation.

Vera speaks Russian, German, English, French, and Portuguese.

Dr. Katharina Kolb

Dr. Kolb is a partner in the Munich office of Lieff Cabraser. Before joining Lieff Cabraser, Dr. Kolb worked as an attorney at another international law firm in Munich.

She specializes in German and European competition law with a particular focus on litigation. Rankings like Who is Who Legal recognize Dr. Kolb as one of the world’s “Future Leaders” in competition law.

Dr. Kolb speaks German, English, and French.

Rhea Ghosh

Rhea Ghosh is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office. Before coming to Lieff Cabraser, Rhea served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Charles S. Haight, Jr., of the Southern District of New York and as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Rachel Green

Rachel Green is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office.

Reilly Stoler

Reilly Stoler is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office. Before coming to Lieff Cabraser, Reilly worked as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward M. Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and as an associate at Baker Botts LLP and Fenwick & West LLP in San Francisco.

Jacob Polin

Jacob Polin is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office. Before coming to Lieff Cabraser, Jacob worked as a Law Clerk in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and as an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP in San Francisco.

Patrick I. Andrews

Patrick Andrews is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office and a 2019 Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for the New York metropolitan area.

Before coming to Lieff Cabraser, Patrick worked at Levy Konigsberg, LLP and as a judicial intern for U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos of the Southern District of New York.

Christopher E. Coleman

Christopher Coleman is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office.

Before coming to our firm, Christopher worked as a staff attorney at the Tennessee Justice Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that, he was an associate at Lieff Cabraser after clerking for the Honorable Joan Humphrey Lefkow of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. From 2014 to the present, he has also been an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University Law School.

Kartik S. Madiraju

Kartik Madiraju is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office.

Prior to joining our firm, Kartik was an associate at Foley & Lardner, LLP, from 2017 to 2019, where he also spent the summer of 2016 as a summer associate. Previously, he was a Henry L. Diamond B&D Clerk at the Environmental Law Institute. Kartik also spent a year as a fellow at Insight Collaborative and Insight Partners, learning and teaching negotiation to various environmental non-profits around the world.

Kartik graduated from New York University School of Law with a Juris Doctor, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar and competed nationally in Moot Court. Kartik also holds a B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering and an M.Sc. in Bioresource Engineering from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada.

Kartik is fluent in French, Hindi, and Telugu. In his spare time, Kartik enjoys mixology, jazz, the Montreal Canadiens, and cooking.

Alix Pustilnik

Alix Pustilnik is a staff attorney in the New York office of Lieff Cabraser.

Manon Pischel

Manon Pischel is a staff attorney in the San Francisco office of Lieff Cabraser.

Daniel Leathers

Daniel is an associate in our New York office with a practice focused on personal injury and mass torts. Daniel has extensive experience in both pharmaceutical medical device mass tort litigation as well as complex catastrophic personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. Daniel completed his J.D., cum laude, at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and served as the Executive Articles Editor of the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law.

After graduation from law school, Daniel clerked for the Honorable Carol Higbee, a New Jersey Superior Court Civil Division Presiding Judge (deceased), assisting Judge Higbee on numerous cases involving complex and unique issues in pharmaceutical and environmental mass torts.

Jay Howard McKibben

Jay McKibben is a staff attorney in the San Francisco office of Lieff Cabraser.

Christopher Jordan

Christopher Jordan is a staff attorney in the San Francisco office of Lieff Cabraser.

Andreea Miclut

Andreea Miclut is a staff attorney in the San Francisco office of Lieff Cabraser.

Denny Kim

Denny Kim is a staff attorney in the San Francisco office of Lieff Cabraser.

Yaman Salahi

Yaman Salahi is a partner in our San Francisco office, with prior experience at the ACLU of Southern California, Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, and clerking for the Honorable Edward M. Chen in the Northern District of California. Yaman currently works on the firm’s antitrust cases related to “no poaching” agreements between employers that have the effect of suppressing worker salaries, and has also worked on the firm’s employment discrimination and wage and hour cases and other antitrust matters.

Yaman graduated from Yale Law School in 2012, where he participated in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic to defend Latino residents of East Haven, Connecticut from racial profiling by local law enforcement. At Yale, Yaman also studied Arabic on a Fields Language Study Fellowship, participated in the Middle East Legal Studies Seminar, and interned at the Urban Justice Center-Community Development Project in New York City and Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland.

Out of law school, Yaman was an Arthur Liman Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California defending civil liberties of Muslim and Middle Eastern communities and litigating the First Amendment photography rights of photographers. Yaman also worked in the National Security and Civil Rights program at Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, including on Omar v. Kerry, a lawsuit successfully challenging the summary confiscation of a San Francisco grandfather’s U.S. passport based on a coerced confession of immigration fraud.

At the Asian Law Caucus, Yaman helped prepare a report requesting that the Office of the Inspector General investigate a wave of illegal passport confiscations at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a that left dozens of American citizens stranded abroad. After a thorough investigation, in October 2018, the OIG published a report concluding that the State Department indeed failed to follow relevant guidance related to the revocation and confiscation of passports of at least 30 Americans in Yemen. While working at the Asian Law Caucus, Yaman also received the Kathi Pugh Award for Exceptional Mentorship from U.C. Berkeley School of Law for his supervision of law students in the Civil Rights Outreach Project.

In 2017, Yaman served as a Commissioner on the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission. In 2018, after clerking but before returning to Lieff Cabraser, Yaman spent five weeks as a volunteer attorney with Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in Mexico City, advising Mexican migrant workers about their rights under the H-2A, H-2B, and TN temporary visa programs and conducting intakes with persons facing abuse or underpayment in the work place.