Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Address: 275 Battery Street
29th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111-3339
Phone: 415-956-1000
Fax: 415-956-1008
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Areas of Practice Litigation Percentage Other Offices
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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.

A strong, principled sense of social responsibility drives us. 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; and remedying violations of the civil rights of citizens worldwide.

An outstanding track record

Since our founding 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 53 separate cases, including 21 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:

  • the Attorney General litigation against the tobacco industry in which our clients received $42 billion in settlements;
  • the litigation against European banks and businesses to recover assets taken from Holocaust victims and survivors;
  • bringing employment practices at Walmart, the world's third largest corporation, into compliance with the law;
  • the righting of an injustice against immigrant workers, known as braceros, dating back to World War II;
  • the third largest settlement ever in a stock options back dating lawsuit (Broadcom);
  • obtaining a $54.4 million verdict against an auto manufacturer for failing to cure a known defect in millions of its vehicles that led to the death of a husband and father of four children (Mraz v. DaimlerChrysler);
  • a landmark $1.5 billion settlement with natural gas providers for manipulating energy prices during the California energy crisis in 2000-2001; and
  • an award of $203 million against Wells Fargo Bank for manipulating the processing of customer debit card purchases to maximize overdraft fees.

A national reputation for excellence

Our attorneys are recognized as some of the most qualified and skilled 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.

Since 2003, The National Law Journal has selected Lieff Cabraser as one of the top plaintiffs' law firms in the nation. We are one of only two plaintiffs' law firms in the United States to receive this honor for the last ten consecutive years. Best Lawyers and U.S. News named Lieff Cabraser as their 2012 "Law Firm of the Year" for representing plaintiffs in class actions and mass torts. The publications have also recognized our firm as their national 2013 "Law Firm of the Year" in the category of plaintffs' employment law.

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 to improve civil justice and 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.

Areas of Practice:
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Consumer Protection
Defective Consumer and Home Products
Employment Law
Environmental Litigation
International Litigation
Wrongful Death
Securities & Investment Fraud
Antitrust & Intellectual Property
False Claims Act
Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Arbitblit, Donald C., Partner
Bernstein, William, Partner
Budner, Kevin R., Associate
Cabraser, Elizabeth J., Partner
Chan, Lin Y., Partner
Dermody, Kelly M., Partner
Desai, Nimish R., Partner
Fastiff, Eric B., Partner
Gardner, Melissa
Glackin, Brendan P., Partner
Harvey, Dean M., Partner
Hazam, Lexi J., Partner
Heimann, Richard M., Partner
Heller, Roger N., Partner
Hutchinson, Daniel M., Partner
Kruse, Joy A., Partner
Lee, Lydia, Of Counsel
Leppla, Bruce W., Partner
Lieff, Robert L., Of Counsel
London, Sarah R., Partner
Benson, Katherine Lubin, Associate
Nelson, Robert J., Partner
Nguyen, Phong-Chau G.
Rudolph, David, Partner
Shaver, Anne B., Partner
Sobol, Michael W., Partner
Sugnet, Nicole D., Partner
Vincent, Fabrice N., Partner
Walburg, Todd A., Partner
Levin-Gesundheit, Michael, Associate
Dunlavey, Wilson M., Associate
Winston, Aya Machida, Staff Attorney
Bennett, Corey B., Staff Attorney
Wasson, Daniel, Staff Attorney
Leggett, James Andrew, Staff Attorney
Kim, Jason, Staff Attorney
Zaul, Jonathan C., Staff Attorney
Jones, Karen L., Staff Attorney
Nutting, Leah A., Staff Attorney
Carr, Lindsay, Staff Attorney
Bustamante, Matias, Staff Attorney
Roos, Peter, Staff Attorney
Cronin-Wilton, Seth, Staff Attorney
Ashur, Tanya, Staff Attorney
Salahi, Yaman, Associate
Other Offices:
150 Fourth Avenue, North, Suite 1650, Nashville, Tennessee 37219-2423
250 Hudson Street, 8th Floor, New York, New York 10013-1413
2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1900, Seattle, Washington 98121-2315
West Practice Categories:
Antitrust, Aviation, Aviation & Mass Transit Accidents, Brain Injury, Business & Commercial, Car Accident, Civil Rights, Class Actions, Consumer Protection, Drugs & Medical Devices, Employment, Environmental, Intellectual Property, Internet, Litigation & Appeals, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Defects, Patents, Personal Injury, Personal Injury -- Defense, Products Liability, Securities, Toxic Torts, Trucking Accidents, Wage & Hour Laws -- Employee, Whistleblower-Qui Tam, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Termination -- Employee
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