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“Effective and caring advocacy for clients has
earned Lieff Cabraser its first-class reputation.”
Largest and most effective plaintiffs’ firm in the nation,
recovering more than $42 billion in verdicts and Best Lawyers and U.S.
settlements for clients, plus an additional $206 billion News selected Lieff
in multi-state tobacco litigation Cabraser as the national
“Law Firm of the Year” for
Successfully resolved thousands of individual, personal
2011-2012 in the category
injury, and wrongful death cases across the U.S.
of plaintiffs’ class actions
Handles serious injury cases involving and mass torts.
Auto, SUV, truck & recreational vehicle crashes
Catastrophic injuries, including those caused by
Contaminated food & medical products
Faulty medical devices
Fires & burn injuries
Prescription drugs with dangerous side effects
Toxic exposures & environmental disasters
A severe injury or the loss of a loved one can Lieff Cabraser’s trial lawyers will work hard
be overwhelming. If the loss or harm is the to achieve the justice you deserve. We have
result of carelessness or wrongdoing, you brought thousands of individual cases and
probably feel not only deep sadness, but also hundreds of class and group actions to trial,
anger toward those responsible. It’s important to and have an outstanding record of success.
first care for the injury or mourn your loss, but if
you believe an unsafe or defective product—or With so many law firms, how do you choose?
wrongful conduct—caused the harm suffered It’s important to choose a law firm that has
by you or a family member, you may want to a record of success in personal injury and
take legal action. wrongful death cases. Your firm should also
show you sensitivity and respect, assure
Most states allow people to bring personal
that your case receives personal attention
injury or wrongful death lawsuits. When
throughout the time it will take to resolve, and
successful, these suits require companies
have the talent and financial resources required
or other responsible parties to financially
to take on powerful corporations.
compensate people they have harmed.
“When something happens that isn’t fair,
that is wrong, that harms us, it is our duty
and our right to bring claims forward and
have them resolved. All of us have an
instinct for justice, but we have to act on it.”
Elizabeth J. Cabraser,
Partner & Chair of Personal Injury Practice Group
Selected three times by the National Law Journal as
one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”
Top rankings, year after year
The results Lieff Cabraser achieves for plaintiffs place our litigators among the nation’s best.
We have been recognized in:
Best Lawyers National Law Journal’s 100 Most Influential
Lawyers in America
California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year
National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List
Daily Journal’s Top 100 Attorneys in California
National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List Hall of
Daily Journal’s Top Women Litigators
Lawdragon’s Top 500 Plaintiffs’ Lawyers
U.S. News/Best Lawyers Best Law Firms
Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review
Lieff Cabraser has played a leading role in many of the largest, most important personal injury and
wrongful death cases in the United States. The class actions and individual personal injury cases
we have tried have involved a vast variety of defective products—from dangerous prescription
drugs to defective vehicles and consumer products.
$4.75 billion initial
We continue to represent persons
who developed valvular heart
disease from Fen-Phen, received
payment under the settlement,
and are entitled to additional
compensation due to a progression
of their disease.
$54 million verdict.
In a wrongful death lawsuit, we
showed that a known defect in a
Dodge Dakota pickup truck killed
a young father. The jury returned a
$54.4 million verdict for the family.
$240 million global settlement.
These devices were recalled
after failures and patient deaths.
We served on the Plaintiffs’ Lead
Counsel Committee in federal
Toxic Coal Ash Spill
$850 million settlement.
We served as Plaintiffs’ Liaison We represent residents of Kingston,
Counsel and chaired the Plaintiffs’ Tennessee, in a lawsuit against the
Steering Committee in litigation Tennessee Valley Authority for its
against drug manufacturer Pfizer role in the catastrophic failure of a
for injuries due to its pain-relief dike and retention pond that held
medicines. one billion gallons of coal fly ash.
Sulzer Hip and Knee
$1 billion settlement.
We played a significant role in
negotiating a settlement with Sulzer
after it recalled tens of thousands of
hip and knee implants.
$206 billion settlement.
We represented the Attorneys
General of Massachusetts,
Louisiana, and Illinois, and other
states, cities, and counties against
cigarette manufacturers in the
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Fairness Motivates Us
Like you, we believe in justice and fairness, Substantial financial resources
so when companies make unsafe products or Personal injury and wrongful death suits can be
engage in unfair practices that cause harm, we costly to litigate. Lieff Cabraser can challenge
stand up for you and work hard to make them rich, powerful corporations because we have
pay for the damage and correct the wrong. the funds to cover the costs of these cases—
however long they take.
The deep talent and experience of our lawyers
and staff may be the most important reason for Nurses, medical specialists, and other experts
our successful record, but other aspects of the Proving the cause of a defect or accident is often
firm are also important to our clients. a highly technical undertaking. Our in-house
legal nurse consultants, scientific and medical
Personal attention and respect
analysts, and investigators have expert skills in
We treat our clients as people, not numbers.
evaluating cases and determining causes and
Whether you are an individual with a single
claim, or one of many involved in a large case,
you will have a relationship with our attorneys
who will regularly communicate with you.
Recent individual personal injury cases
$54.4 million Defective transmission in Chrysler pick-up truck. Jury verdict included $50 million
in punitive damages
$12 million Passengers killed in aviation accident by international airline
$7.5 million Undisclosed prescription drug side effects caused life-threatening injuries
$7.2 million Auto defect case against Chrysler in which infant died. Jury verdict
$6 million Passenger killed in aviation accident by U.S. airline
$5.95 million Improper design of vehicle fuel tank led to explosion, severely burning driver
$4.8 million Prescription drug injuries required a heart and lung transplant
$4.25 million Prescription drug caused life-threatening condition
$3.8 million Medical malpractice for failure to perform surgery in a timely manner
$3.2 million Improper design of SUV led to rollover accident and severe injury
$3 million Defective medical device killed patient
$3 million Negligent failure to diagnose congenital condition led to near-death of patient
“Despite their vast resources, we take on the
most powerful corporations in the United
States and the world. Our attorneys make
sure the truth is told and convince judges
and juries that our client’s case is righteous.”
Robert J. Nelson,
Partner, Personal Injury Practice Group
Two-time “California Lawyer Attorney of the Year”
award recipient from California Lawyer magazine.
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There are things that matter
more than money.
Aircraft Risk Reduced
We obtained an injunction
requiring Mobil to notify aircraft
owners that a dangerous synthetic
oil it produced caused premature
cylinder wear. Affected aircraft
owners also received free engine
Chrysler was required to recall
3.8 million minivans to replace
rear latches. Prior to the recall, an
estimated 37 passengers—more
than half of them children—died in
accidents when they were ejected
from the rear of the minivans.
Fuel System Safety
Researched Defective Baby Cribs
To settle a class action involving
4.7 million owners of 1973–1987 The Consumer Products Safety
GM C/K pickup trucks with side Commission recalled 650,000
fuel tanks vulnerable to explosion, drop-down Doral Asia cribs after we
GM had to provide funding for alerted it to entrapment and
independent fuel system safety suffocation hazards.
A focus on our clients
Clients appreciate our sharp legal skills, but they often tell us that our
personal concern and kindness mean just as much.
“Thank you for your hard work and superior expertise in our time
of need. You were professional, personable, honest, and timely
in your responses. You answered our questions, kept us well-
informed and made sure we clearly understood your processes.”
Ryan in California
Client in defective vehicle and burn injury case
“I couldn’t be more pleased with how the case resolved. What stands
out is your professionalism, personal attention, and concern. This has
been a long road, and I am so grateful.”
Cheryl in Utah
Client in dangerous prescription drug case
“You were responsive to my questions and concerns at all times. The
quality of representation was excellent.”
Jill in Indiana
Client in dangerous prescription drug case
“I’m so thankful to you for my settlement. I now can afford to start
college. I have a future again and I’m feeling hope and joy for the first
time since the accident.”
Jessica in California
Client in defective vehicle case
“All of our clients have suffered major
losses. We never lose sight of their need
to hold those responsible for their losses
accountable. Our interest in reaching a
just resolution is personal and genuine.”
Wendy R. Fleishman,
Partner, Personal Injury Practice Group
Recognized as a New York Super Lawyer
for the past five years.
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Q: What is a personal injury action?
A: This is a lawsuit brought by an individual
who has suffered physical or mental harm as
the result of the wrongful conduct of another.
Q: What is negligence?
answered A: Negligence is the failure to act with
reasonable care under the circumstances. A
negligence claim focuses on the conduct of the
party being sued (the defendant). If negligence
You are likely to have many questions was severe and the defendant highly
irresponsible, an award for punitive damages
about the legal process and your
can be justified.
individual case. We want you to be fully
informed, so we are happy to answer Q: How quickly should I hire an
them. If you have questions that do not
A: Each state has a deadline for filing lawsuits,
appear here, please let us know. which is known as the statute of limitations. In
some states, it is one year from the date of the
accident or injury. Other deadlines imposed
by state law may require you to take action
sooner than within one year. It is very important
to preserve all relevant evidence, such as a
defective vehicle or medical device.
Q: What are my legal rights after an
accident or injury?
A: In most states, an injured victim may
bring a case for negligence and other legal
claims. Spouses can also join cases or make
independent claims, because they are entitled
to compensation for loss of support and other
benefits of marriage. In wrongful death cases,
most states entitle the spouse and children of
the deceased to sue those responsible.
Q: Will I have to pay a fee for your
initial review of my case?
A: No. We review cases free of charge and
without any obligation on your part.
Q: How much will I be charged if you Q. What recovery will I receive?
take my case? A: In most jurisdictions, if the defendant
A: We will discuss our contingent fees (a (the company being sued) is found liable,
percentage of the recovery we obtain) and you are entitled to full compensation for your
agree to terms in a written contract. We do not financial loss. If you suffered a personal injury,
charge hourly fees, and we earn nothing until the defendant must pay for past and expected
you receive a recovery. future medical care, your past and future lost
earnings, and an amount to compensate you
Q: Who will I sue? for pain and suffering. Your spouse may also
A: This depends on the facts of your case. be entitled to an award. If a loved one died, the
To increase your chance of recovering recovery is usually based on the amount of lost
damages, we investigate the conduct of all economic support and services, plus, in some
potential defendants. For example, if a case jurisdictions, compensation for grief and mental
involves prescription drugs, we examine the anguish. In some states, very bad conduct can
conduct of the manufacturer, the pharmacy, also entitle survivors to punitive damages.
and the prescribing physician. In vehicle injury
cases, we thoroughly review the car or truck Q: Why shouldn’t I just work things
design for safety defects. out with the defendant’s insurance
Q: How long will a lawsuit take? A: Resolving a case involving catastrophic
A: We cannot predict the time required to injuries or a death without legal representation
resolve a case. Typically, many months pass is not wise. Accidents raise complex questions
before conclusions can be reached. Sometimes about what happened, who was legally
cases settle shortly after filing, or perhaps even responsible, and how the matter should be
before. In other cases, final resolution may take resolved. Corporations and their insurers
two years or more. naturally want to minimize their payments to
victims and families. Our duty is to identify
Q: How do I select an attorney to responsible parties and strive for full, fair
represent me? compensation for your losses. Lieff Cabraser
A: The best choice is an attorney with investigates complex cases thoroughly and can
substantial experience successfully handling
help ensure that the guilty party will not be able
similar cases, combined with a passion for
to hide misconduct.
achieving justice for each client. It is also
critical to choose a firm with the large financial
resources required to conduct a case through Every year since 2003,
the National Law
trial and, if necessary, any appeals.
Journal has selected
Lieff Cabraser as one
of the nation’s top
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Champions of Justice
A fundamental drive to fight unfairness and achieve justice for our clients
has characterized Lieff Cabraser since our founding in 1972. With powerful
determination, we have fought to promote safer products; ensure fair competition;
advance the rights of consumers, employees, patients, investors, and small
business owners; safeguard the environment; and remedy civil rights violations
Blending the highest quality legal skills and investigative acumen with
deep financial resources, the firm has prevailed in complex cases involving
the world’s largest corporations. Many of our cases have resulted in landmark
decisions and precedent-setting rulings, including:
The Attorney General litigation against the tobacco industry
Litigation against European banks and businesses to recover the assets of
Holocaust victims and survivors
A successful class action lawsuit against Walmart that reformed its pay
procedures and employment practices
The third largest settlement ever in a stock-options backdating lawsuit
A $54 million jury verdict against an auto manufacturer for failing to correct a
known defect in millions of its vehicles
Over $1 billion in cash payments to homeowners in the Masonite defective
siding and roofing cases
An award of $203 million against Wells Fargo Bank for manipulating the
processing of customer debit card purchases to maximize overdraft fees
Antitrust litigation against natural gas and electricity companies for
manipulating prices in California resulting in settlements valued at $1.3 billion
Disclaimer: The outcome of your legal matter will depend upon the facts and
applicable law of your case. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
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