Jonathan D. Selbin

Jonathan D. Selbin
Firm: Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Address: 250 Hudson Street
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New York, NY 10013-1413
Phone: 212-355-9500
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One Of The Nation's Leading Lawyers For Consumers And Homeowners

The chair of Lieff Cabraser’s Economic Injury Product Defect Practice Group and member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Jonathan D. Selbin litigates consumer protection and defective products class action lawsuits against many of the nation's most prominent corporations.

Jonathan argued and obtained a favorable appellate opinion in the Sixth Circuit in In re Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Products Liab. Litig., 678 F.3d 409 (6th Cir. 2012), vacated sub nom., Whirlpool Corp. v. Glazer, 133 S. Ct. 1722 (2013), reinstated Glazer v. Whirlpool Corp. (In re Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Prods. Liab. Litig.), 722 F.3d 838 (6th Cir. 2013), cert. den., 2014 U.S. LEXIS 1484 (2014), and obtained a favorable opinion as appellate counsel in the Seventh Circuit in Butler v. Sears, 702 F.3d 359 (7th Cir. 2012), vacated, Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. Butler, 133 S. Ct. 2768 (2013), reinstated, Butler v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 727 F.3d 796 (7th Cir. 2013), cert. den. 2014 U.S. LEXIS 1507 (2014). He also argued and obtained favorable appellate rulings in the Fifth Circuit in McManus v. Fleetwood Enters., 320 F.3d 545 (5th Cir. 2003), and in the Ninth Circuit in Omstead v. Dell, Inc., 594 F.3d 1081 (9th Cir. 2010).

Jonathan spearheaded a series of groundbreaking class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") which have transformed the debt collection industry. Leading the Lieff Cabraser team, Jonathan developed and implemented the legal strategy responsible for the largest settlements in the history of the TCPA. In 2015, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel achieved final approval for two of the largest settlements in the 25-year history of the TCPA: a $75,455,098.74 settlement with Capital One and several of its vendors (In re Capital One Telephone Consumer Protection Act Litigation, Master Docket No. 1:12-cv-10064 (N.D. Ill.)), and a $39,975,000 settlement with HSBC (Wilkins v. HSBC Bank Nev., N.A., Case No. 14-cv-190 (N.D. Ill.)). In 2015 alone, LCHB's settlements in TCPA cases collectively resulted in the recovery by consumers across America of over $130 million. More importantly, Jonathan's work on these cases has put a stop to millions of harassing calls by debt collectors. The practice changes secured by Jonathan, his team, and their co-counsel have ended harassing debt collection calls to tens of millions of customers and non-customers at many of the nation's largest financial services providers.

Jonathan currently serves as Court-appointed lead counsel in In re: Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Litig., MDL No. 2001 (N.D. Ohio); Court-appointed interim lead counsel in Smith v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Case No. 13-cv-2018 (N.D. Ill.); and Court-appointed interim lead counsel in In Re: Navistar Maxxforce Engines Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2590 (N.D. Ill.). He previously served as Court-appointed co-lead counsel in In re: Capital One TCPA Litig., MDL No. 2416 (N.D. Ill.); Court-appointed co-lead counsel in In re: Imprelis Herbicide Litig., MDL No. 2281 (E.D. Pa.), which resulted in a nationwide settlement of property damage claims in an amount of almost $575 million; and as Court-appointed co-lead counsel in In re: Mercedes-Benz Tele Aid Contract Litig., MDL No. 1914 (D.N.J), where he obtained certification of a nationwide consumer protection litigation class, and twice successfully defended it in the Third Circuit.

With Professor Samuel Issacharoff, Jonathan was the primary author of the certiorari opposition papers in the Whirlpool and Sears cases in the United States Supreme Court, which ultimately resulted in a denial of certiorari.

Together, cases in which Jonathan has played a lead role have resulted in court-approved class action settlements with a combined total recovery for class members exceeding $2.5 billion in cash, plus other relief, such as extended and enhanced warranties.

Jonathan is a 1993 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He clerked for Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel in the Northern District of California from 1993-1995 prior to joining Lieff Cabraser.

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Areas of Practice:
Consumer Protection
Defective Products
Bar Admissions:
California, 1994
District of Columbia
New York, 2001
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court Northern District of California
U.S. District Court Central District of California
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2013
U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2014
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1993
Honors: magna cum laude

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1989
Honors: summa cum laude

Published Works:
Contributing Author, “Ninth Circuit Reshapes California Consumer-Protection Law,” American Bar Association, July 2012

On Class Actions, 2009

Contributing Author, California Class Actions Practice and Procedures (Elizabeth J. Cabraser, editor-in-chief), 2003

“Bashers Beware: The Continuing Constitutionality of Hate Crimes Statutes After R.A.V.,” 72 Oregon Law Review 157, Spring 1993

Honors and Awards:
Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in field of "Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs," 2013 - 2016

"New York Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2013 - 2015

"Super Lawyer for New York Metro," Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2014

"Lawdragon Finalist," Lawdragon, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Alliance for Justice
New York Advisory Board

American Association for Justice

American Bar Association

Bar of the District of Columbia

New York State Bar Association

New York State Trial Lawyers Association

State Bar of California

Past Employment Positions:
Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Law Clerk, 1993 - 1995

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Consumer Protection, Litigation & Appeals
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