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Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
United States

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - plaintiff Tier 1

Appreciated for its ‘high levels of integrity and high-quality work product’,  Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP has long been considered a leader in plaintiffs’ litigation as a result of its key involvement in high-profile cases, brought directly on behalf of private citizens, as well as for governmental entities. ‘A truly great strategist‘, San Francisco-based name partner Elizabeth Cabraser has ‘a blazing intellectual curiosity and an uncanny ability to expertly analyze complex legal situations and advocate her clients’ positions clearly and persuasively’. A ‘wonderful class action lawyer’, Cabraser continues to take the lead on resource intensive and high-stakes matters, including her work for various affected parties in the opioids litigation. New York-based partner Annika Martin  continues to thrive, with her broad-based class action work including environmental/toxic tort actions, as well as a core focus on seeking justice for victims of sexual assault. San Francisco-based partner Lexi Hazam is chair of the firm’s mass tort practice group, with a diverse practice that includes environmental and toxic tort actions, as well as her current role representing a class of teens and families in an MDL brought against major social media platforms alleging that their platforms cause addiction and mental health problems in young users.

Practice head(s):

Lexi Hazam

Other key lawyers:

Robert Nelson; Elizabeth Cabraser; Annika Martin; Mark Chalos


The firm displays high levels of integrity and a high quality work product.’

A truly great strategist, Elizabeth Cabraser is a wonderful class action lawyer.’ 

Elizabeth Cabraser has a blazing intellectual curiosity and an uncanny ability to expertly analyze complex legal situations and advocate her clients’ positions clearly and persuasively. ‘

Work highlights

  • Representing cities, counties, native American tribes, and medical organizations across the country in relation to nationwide opioid litigation.    
  • Representing individuals, families, cities, school districts and  tribal organizations as plaintiffs in Juul vaping products cases.
  • Representing families, individuals, and the class of injured users in litigation brought against major social media platforms.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: plaintiff Tier 2

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP regularly advises companies, governments and consumers affected by anticompetitive behavior. The team particularly stands out for leading labor related antitrust litigation concerning no poach agreements and wage-fixing as well as claims of price-fixing, monopolization and market allocation in various industries including high-tech, pharma and consumer products. Head of the antitrust practice Brendan Glackin has significant experience in civil and criminal antitrust litigation, focusing particularly on price fixing and cartel claims. Lin Chan often represents purchaser plaintiffs in antitrust litigation, recently acting as co-lead counsel representing consumers in the nationwide telescopes antitrust litigation which involves allegations of price-fixing and monopolization. The ‘excellent plaintiff side antitrust lawyer’ Dean Harvey assists consumers and small businesses in challenging antitrust conspiracies such as price-fixing as well as representing workers in labor antitrust cases. Eric Fastiff offers commercial litigation expertise, particularly class action and competitor litigation pertaining to conspiracies to restrain competition and manipulate prices. David Rudolph is another key attorney. All the above-mentioned lawyers are based in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Brendan Glackin


‘Dean Harvey is an excellent plaintiff side antitrust lawyer.’

Key clients

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees District Council 37 Health & Security Plan

Class of purchasers of telescopes in the U.S

The Hospital Authority of Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee, and American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees District Council 37 Health & Security Plan

Class of Surgical Care Affiliates Medical Center employees across the U.S.

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees District Council 37 Health & Security Plan

Representatives for purchasers of bail bonds in California

The Charles Schwab Corporation and several of The Charles Schwab Family of Funds and the Bay Area Toll Authority

Purchasers of medium and heavy trucks in the European Union from 1997-2011

American consumers of mobile wireless carrier services

Patients of HCA Healthcare/ Mission Health in North Carolina

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: plaintiff Tier 3

With offices from New York to San Francisco, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP represents investors across the US in class actions, as well as opt-out, derivative and other securities and financial fraud cases. Among its clients are large pension and union funds, including the New York State Common Retirement Fund and the Colorado Fire and Police Pension Association, as well as non-public institutional investors including mutual funds, as well as high-net-worth and individual investors. The firm is one of few to have tried a federal securities class action to jury verdict, having done so twice, prevailing both times. Working with co-counsel, the firm has achieved verdicts, judgments and settlements in excess of $2.1bn for its clients. Skilled trial lawyer Richard Heimann in San Francisco leads the practice. He secured a $237.5m settlement in New York State Common Retirement Fund and the Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado et at. v. The Boeing Company, which alleged breaches of fiduciary duties by Boeing’s board and senior officers in connection with their oversight of the 737 MAX’s design and development. New York-based Steven Fineman, who prevailed in Houston Municipal Employees Pension System v. BofI Holding, Inc., et al., is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Richard Heimann

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Houston Municipal Employees

Institutional investors BlackRock and Senzar

New York State Common Retirement Fund and the Colorado Fire and Police Pension Association

Certain funds and accounts of BlackRock

Shareholders of Emergent Biosolutions stock

Shareholders of MFS Series Trust stock

Shareholders of Brighthouse Funds Trust II – MFS Value Portfolio and Brighthouse Funds Trust II – MFS Total Return Portfolio stock

The Charles Schwab Corporation and several of The Charles Schwab Family of Funds and the Bay Area Toll Authority

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, is a 120-plus attorney AV-rated law firm founded in 1972 with offices in San Francisco, New York, Nashville, and Munich. We have a diversified practice, successfully representing plaintiffs in the fields of personal injury and mass torts, securities and financial fraud, employment discrimination and unlawful employment practices, product defect, consumer protection, antitrust, environmental and toxic exposures, False Claims Act, digital privacy and data security, and human rights. Our clients include individuals, classes and groups of people, businesses, and public and private entities.

Lieff Cabraser has served as Court-appointed Plaintiffs’ Lead or Class Counsel in state and federal coordinated, multi-district, and complex litigation throughout the United States. With co-counsel, we have represented clients across the globe in cases filed in American courts. Lieff Cabraser is among the largest firms in the United States that only represent plaintiffs.

Described by The American Lawyer as “one of the nation’s premier plaintiffs’ firms,” Lieff Cabraser enjoys a national reputation for professional integrity and the successful prosecution of our clients’ claims. We possess sophisticated legal skills and the financial resources necessary for the handling of large, complex cases, and for litigating against some of the nation’s largest corporations. We take great pride in the leadership roles our firm plays in many of this country’s major cases, including those resulting in landmark decisions and precedent-setting rulings.

Lieff Cabraser has litigated and resolved thousands of individual lawsuits and hundreds of class and group actions, including some of the most important civil cases in the United States over the past four decades. We have assisted our clients in recovering over $127 billion in verdicts and settlements. Twenty-eight cases have been resolved for over $1 billion; another 55 have resulted in verdicts or settlements at or in excess of $100 million.

The National Law Journal has recognized Lieff Cabraser as one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ law firms for fourteen years, and we are a member of its Plaintiffs’ Hot List Hall of Fame, “representing the best qualities of the plaintiffs’ bar and demonstrating unusual dedication and creativity.” The National Law Journal separately recognized Lieff Cabraser as one of the “50 Leading Plaintiffs Firms in America.” The American Lawyer included Lieff Cabraser in its “Top 50 Litigation Departments in the U.S.,” the only all-plaintiff-side litigation firm included among the firms recognized. In October of 2022, the New York Law Journal/ALM named our firm its Best Legal Department for Class Action Law. In March of 2020, Benchmark Litigation named Lieff Cabraser its “California Plaintiff Firm of the Year” for the second year in a row, and we were finalists the previous year for the publication’s national “Plaintiff Law Firm of the Year” award.

In September of 2019, Law360 named Lieff Cabraser a “California Powerhouse” for litigation after naming our firm its “Class Action Firm of the Year” in January 2019. In July of 2019, Public Justice awarded Lieff Cabraser its “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award. Lieff Cabraser has 21 lawyers named to the “Best Lawyers in America” 2020 listing, and The National Law Journal awarded our firm its 2019 “Elite Trial Lawyer” awards in the fields of Consumer Protection and Cybersecurity/Data Breach. We had 38 firm lawyers named to the 2019 Super Lawyers “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star” lists, and were named the Daily Journal’s “California Lawyers of the Year 2018” as well as having eight lawyers named to Benchmark’s “40 and Under Hot List 2018.”

U.S. News and Best Lawyers has selected Lieff Cabraser as a national “Law Firm of the Year” six times in the last nine years, in categories including Mass Torts Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs and Employment Law – Individuals. In 2017, Lieff Cabraser’s Digital Privacy and Data Security practice group was named “Privacy Group of the Year” by Law360, and the firm’s Consumer Protection practice group was named “Consumer Protection Group of the Year” by the publication as well.

Managing Partner Steven Fineman212.355.9500