Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein is coming up on celebrating 50 years and since its founding in 1972, the firm has steadily garnered national recognition as a highly respected plaintiffs’ law firm. It also stands among the Top 20 Trial Law Firms, with expertise in consumer protection, intellectual property, product liability, antitrust, and securities litigation. The firm continues to gain the attention of peers who say it “almost pioneered” no-poaching private class actions and has cornered the market for automotive and auto parts industry litigation.
Elizabeth Cabraser is arguably the firm’s center of gravity practicing out of the San Francisco headquarters. Cabraser keeps a national profile, with a reputation spanning coast to coast, and in both the plaintiff and defense capacities, weighing in on her behalf. Cabraser represented a class of over 100 people injured nationwide, along with the families of loved ones who died, in accidents involving GM vehicles sold with a defective ignition switch which, without warning, which caused cause the car’s engine and electrical system to shut off, disabling the air bags. GM was allegedly aware of this defect and failed to inform government safety regulators and the public for over a decade. In December of last year, the court granted final approval of the settlement. Fellow name partner Richard Heimann is listed among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California. Last April, he obtained a $240 million settlement for plaintiffs in the Wells Fargo shareholder derivative litigation. It stands as the largest insurer-funded derivative settlement to date. Kelly Dermody was recently described as a “renowned, excellent lawyer” by a peer. She specializes in labor and employment litigation, bringing pay equity, #MeToo, and discrimination lawsuits challenging the policies and patterns of large companies. She continues to represent plaintiffs alleging claims of gender discrimination against Goldman Sachs in New York federal court. In addition, Dermody obtained class certification in the pay-equity and gender-discrimination case against Google.