Kelly M. Dermody - Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Kelly M. Dermody

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 415-956-1000

A Leader in the Plaintiffs' Bar For Workers and Consumers

The Managing Partner of our San Francisco office and chair of Lieff Cabraser's employment practice group, Kelly M. Dermody specializes in class and collective actions on behalf of plaintiffs in employment and consumer cases.

Ms. Dermody supervises many of the most significant and challenging employment class action lawsuits in our nation today, including complaints brought by female and minority professionals alleging gender and race discrimination by top Wall Street and Silicon Valley firms, wage suppression claims against technology companies, overtime pay lawsuits against nationally prominent corporations, and ERISA claims that she has tried on behalf of employees and retirees for pension plan abuses.

The Daily Journal observed that Ms. Dermody's

"values have translated into real workday value for lots of people -- people who have won better job opportunities from companies like Abercrombie & Fitch, Home Depot, and Smith Barney, or monetary damages from banks that have engaged in predatory lending and servicing."

In addition to spearheading employment lawsuits, Ms. Dermody represents consumers in consumer protection cases. In 2006, California Lawyer magazine awarded her its prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award for her successful prosecution of several class action lawsuits against California's main hospital chains for charging the uninsured exorbitant and unconscionable prices for medical care. Under settlements in these cases, uninsured patients received more than $1 billion in refunds or bill adjustments.

Commitment to Society and Advancing the Legal Profession

Ms. Dermody is a leader in organizations devoted to serving the public interest, improving access to justice, and ensuring that the rights of historically disenfranchised persons are protected.

Ms. Dermody is a member of the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section (LELS) Governing Council, and previously served as Co-chair of the ABA LELS Annual Section Conference, Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession, and Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.

In 2012, she served as President of the Bar Association of San Francisco ("BASF"), and was a member of its Board of Directors from 2005 to 2012. Founded in 1872, BASF serves legal professionals and the community by promoting access to justice and excellence and diversity in the legal profession, and by providing legal and pro bono services to disadvantaged and underserved individuals.

Outstanding Honors and Recognitions

This year, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers named Ms. Dermody a Fellow. Nomination to the College is by one's colleagues only, and recognizes those lawyers who have demonstrated sustained and exceptional services to their clients, bar, bench, and public, and the highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise, and leadership. Election as a Fellow of the College is regarded by many as the highest honor in the legal profession for lawyers practicing labor and employment law.

Also in 2015, The Recorder named Lieff Cabraser's employment group as a Litigation Department of the Year in the category of California Labor and Employment Law. The Litigation Department of the Year awards recognize, as explained by the editors of The Recorder, "California litigation practices that deliver standout results on their clients' most critical matters."

Ms. Dermody's individual honors include receiving the Distinguished Jurisprudence Award in 2014 from the Central Pacific region of Anti-Defamation League. Since 2010, she has annually been recognized by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Employment Law – Individuals and Litigation – Labor and Employment. In 2014, she was named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in the category of Employment Law – Individuals in San Francisco.

The Daily Journal has selected Ms. Dermody as one of the top 100 attorneys in California (2012-2015), top 75 labor and employment lawyers in California (2011-2015), and top 100 women litigators in California (2007, 2010, 2012-2015). She has been named a Northern California "Super Lawyer" every year since 2004, including being named a "Top 10 Lawyer" in 2014.

University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawJ.D. 1993
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionBar Association of San Francisco Bay Area Lawyers for Individual FreedomLawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay AreaCarver Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaEqual Rights AdvocatesNational Center for Lesbian Rights Northern District of California Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceNational Association of Women Judges National Employment Lawyers' AssociationPride Law Fund Public Justice FoundationState Bar of CaliforniaCollege of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Individuals of the San Francisco Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs of the San Francisco Metro Area
Kelly M. Dermody has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Kelly M. Dermody has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Individuals
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Female