Tiseme Zegeye

Tiseme Zegeye


Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Recognized since 2021

San Francisco, California

Practice Areas

Labor and Employment Law - Employee

Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

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A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, Tiseme Zegeye represents employees, consumers, and the injured in individual, complex, and class actions. Tiseme specializes in women’s health, civil rights, and environmental justice cases, including representing women and families in fertility and gynecologic cancer matters and representing the injured in water contamination and wildfire cases. Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, Tiseme was a Staff Attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, where she litigated to protect access to abortion. Previously she was a Legal Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project in New York, where she worked to fight gender discrimination in employment, education, and housing.

Tiseme earned her law degree from the New York University School of Law, where she won the BLAPA Kim Barry ‘98 Memorial Graduation Prize for academic excellence and commitment to international and human rights work, as well as a Dean’s Scholarship. During law school, she worked with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, interned with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and was active in the Black Allied Law Students Association and the Women of Color Collective.

Prior to attending law school, Tiseme earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in political science and sociology from the College of William and Mary, where she won the Benjamin Ewell Award for outstanding leadership and service to the College.

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Location
  • 275 Battery Street, 29th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111
Education
  • New York University, J.D., graduated 2011
  • College of William & Mary, B.A. (Cum Laude), graduated 2008
Bar Admissions
  • California, 2018
  • New York, 2013
Affiliations
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section - Employee-side Co-Chair of the Member Services Committee
  • American Constitution Society Bay Area Lawyer Chapter - Outreach Co-Chair, Board Member
  • Equal Rights Advocates - Litigation Committee Member
  • Lawyering Project - Advisory Board Member
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2016

Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America 2024 for work in:
  • Labor and Employment Law - Employee
  • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Awards:
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2021-2023
  • “Lawdragon 500 X – The Next Generation,” Lawdragon, 2023

  • "Ones to Watch," Best Lawyers, 2021-2024
  • “Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer,” Daily Journal, 2022
  • “Unity Award,” Minority Bar Coalition, American Constitution Society, 2021

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