2021 Ramey Award Honoree: Elizabeth Cabraser
“Justice is a bone-deep urge towards fairness in things large and small. It’s the human journey toward a better world.” – Elizabeth J. Cabraser
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 fraud, anti-competitive practices, harmful 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 Valdez disaster, Breast Implants, Fen-Phen (Diet Drugs), Vioxx, Toyota 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: the BP Gulf Oil Spill, GM ignition switch defect, and Takata defective airbag litigation, as well as serving as sole Lead Counsel and Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions litigation and the Fiat Chrysler Ecodiesel Emissions litigation.
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 November of 2018, Elizabeth was chosen in the inaugural group for the National Law Journal’s “Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar,” a new award celebrating women lawyers who “have consistently excelled in high-stakes matters on behalf of plaintiffs over the course of their careers.” In March 2018, Elizabeth was inducted into the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, and in May 2018 was named a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” by Law360. In July 2018, Public Justice honored her with its “Champion of Justice” award – the foundation’s highest honor. In late 2017, she received the National Law Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Earlier in 2017, Elizabeth was named “Plaintiff Attorney of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation, which noted that she “is known nationwide for having handled some of the largest class actions in US history, as well as being one the firm’s — and the country’s — foremost trial lawyers.”