Elizabeth J. Cabraser - Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Elizabeth J. Cabraser

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

A Champion for Justice

Under Elizabeth Cabraser’s leadership, Lieff Cabraser has become one of the country’s largest law firms serving clients seeking redress for financial and consumer fraudanti-competitive practicesharmful drugs and products, and illegal employment practices. For nearly four decades, Elizabeth has made sure that our firm remains dedicated to its core values.

Possessing unparalleled expertise in complex civil litigation, Elizabeth has served as court-appointed lead, co-lead, or class counsel in scores of federal multi-district and state coordinated proceedings. These cases include multi-state tobacco, the Exxon ValdezdisasterBreast ImplantsFen-Phen (Diet Drugs), VioxxToyota sudden acceleration, numerous securities/investment fraud cases, and Holocaust litigation. Today, Elizabeth serves in court-appointed leadership positions in several of the nation’s highest profile civil cases: theBP Gulf Oil SpillGM ignition switch defect, and Takata defective airbag litigation., as well as serving as sole Lead Counsel in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions litigation.

A Pillar of the Plaintiffs' Bar

Elizabeth has been repeatedly recognized as one of the foremost litigators in our nation, including being selected an unprecedented four times as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal, which has called her “a pillar of the plaintiffs’ bar.” In 2016, Benchmark Litigation recognized Elizabeth as a “Top 10 Female Litigator,” noting “Elizabeth Cabraser is one of the best trial lawyers to be found anywhere. She has an unassuming yet massive courtroom presence.” In 2015, the National Law Journal named her as one of the 75 outstanding women lawyers in America. She has been named repeatedly to the Lawdragon 500, The Top 100 California Lawyers, and as a SuperLawyer in multiple fields.

The Daily Journal has described Elizabeth as "a commanding attorney and a role model for other litigators, especially fellow female lawyers."

Law360 noted in a profile of Elizabeth that "Her reputation among defense attorneys is that of a formidable opponent who comes to cases thoroughly prepared and can win a Judge's ear.

Commitment to Advancing the Legal Profession and Society

Elizabeth serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of the American Law Institute (ALI) and is an advisor to several ALI projects, including Aggregate Litigation, the Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm. Since 2011, she has served on the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth has written and spoken extensively on substantive legal issues as well as ones related to the advancement of women in the profession, including last year for Trial magazine, published by the American Association for Justice, a commentary entitled “Where are all the women in the courtroom?”

Ms. Cabraser’s dedication to the advancement of civil justice extends beyond cases. She lectures on class action and complex litigation at Berkeley and Columbia Law Schools, has written extensively on these issues, and has also lectured and conducted seminars for the Federal Judicial Center, ALI-ABA, the National Center for State Courts, Vanderbilt University Law School, and the Practicing Law Institute.

In 2010, the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession honored Elizabeth with its Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. The award recognizes the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. It is regarded by many as the highest honor in the legal profession for women lawyers.

Elizabeth is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Many of our nation’s most accomplished leaders from academia, the social sciences, the study and practice of law, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts are members of the Academy.

University of California BerkeleyJ.D. 1978
State Bar of CaliforniaQueen's BenchPublic Justice FoundationNorthern District of California Civil Justice Reform Act (CJRA) Advisory CommitteeNorthern District of California Civil Justice Reform ActNinth Circuit Judicial Conference National Center for State CourtsLawyers Club of San FranciscoFederal Civil Rules Advisory Committee Federal Bar AssociationFederal Bar AssociationConsumer Attorneys of CaliforniaCalifornia Women LawyersCalifornia Constitution Revision CommissionBay Area Lawyers for Individual FreedomBar Association of San FranciscoBar Association of the Fifth Federal CircuitAssociation of Business Trial LawyersAmerican Law InstituteAmerican Bar AssociationAmerican Association for JusticeAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences National Judicial College

Office Location

275 Battery Street, 29th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111-3339
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs of the San Francisco Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs of the San Francisco Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs of the San Francisco Metro Area
Elizabeth J. Cabraser has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Elizabeth J. Cabraser has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Elizabeth J. Cabraser has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Consumer Protection Law
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Gender: Female