Steve W. Berman

Managing Partner
Seattle, Washington
(206) 623-7292
Practice Areas

Antitrust/Trade Law

Consumer Protection

Securities/Investment Fraud

Whistleblower/Qui Tam

Patent Litigation


University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1980

University of Michigan, B.A., 1976


Steve W. Berman founded Hagens Berman in 1993 after his prior firm refused to represent several young children who consumed fast food contaminated with E. coli.  Steve went on to prove that the poisoning was the result of Jack in the Box’s cost cutting and gross negligence.  He is the managing partner of Hagens Berman and is considered one of the most successful class-action attorneys in the nation.

Mr. Berman played a key role in winning record settlements in consolidated cases against Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Pharma and Big Tobacco. He has served as lead counsel for the largest settlement in world history, largest U.S. antitrust settlement, largest U.S. ERISA settlement, and largest U.S. securities settlement at the time of settlement.  His trial experience has earned him significant recognition, and led The National Law Journal to name him one of the 100 most powerful lawyers and rate Hagens Berman one of the top ten plaintiffs’ firms in the country.

Notable Cases

  • State Tobacco Litigation

    Lead counsel for thirteen states in cases that led to the largest settlement in world history.

  • WPPSS Securities Litigation

    Member of trial team that lead to the then largest settlement of a securities case.

  • McKesson Drug Litigation

    Lead counsel in action that lead to a rollback of benchmark prices of hundreds of brand name drugs, and a $350 million settlement for third party payors and insurers.

  • Average Wholesale Price Litigation

    Steve served as lead trial counsel securing trial verdicts against three drug companies that paved the way for a settlement of $338 million.

  • McKesson Governmental Entity Litigation

    Steve was lead counsel for a nationwide class of local governments that resulted in an $82 million settlement for drug price-fixing claims.

  • State and Governmental Drug Litigation

    Steve served as outside counsel for the State of New York for its Vioxx claims, several states for AWP claims, and several states for claims against McKesson.

  • E-Books Antitrust Litigation

    Serving as Lead Counsel in challenge to Apple and publishers alleged price-fixing of E Books.

  • In re Optical Disk Drive Prods. Antitrust Litig., No. 3:10-md-2143 RS (N.D. Cal.)

    Lead counsel in action on behalf of consumers in more than two dozen states against the manufacturers of optical disk drives. The plaintiffs allege defendants conspired to increase the price of ODDs that were sold to original equipment manufacturers. Defendants’ conduct allegedly caused millions of consumer electronics products, such as computers, to be sold at illegally inflated prices.

  • Pecover et al. v. Electronic Arts Inc., No. 3:08-cv-02820-CW (N.D. Cal.)

    A nationwide certified class of consumers who bought interactive football video games. Plaintiffs allege Electronic Arts entered into a series of exclusive licenses with football intellectual property owners, such as the NFL, in order to lock-up the market. A $27 million settlement in the case has been agreed to by the parties, but awaits approval by the court.

  • In re Bank of America Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) Contract Litigation, No. 1:10-md-02193 RWZ (D. Mass.)

    Lead counsel in action on behalf of homeowners to whom the defendant allegedly promised mortgage modifications as part of a federal program.

  • Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation

    Steve is currently lead counsel in the largest automobile defect case in U.S. history.

  • Rio Tinto

    Steve is lead counsel in a landmark Alien Tort Case pitting islanders from Bougainville versus mining giant Rio Tinto.  Steve won three arguments in the Ninth Circuit plus two en banc arguments.  The case is now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The plaintiffs allege that Rio Tinto participated in war crimes and crimes against humanity.

  • Patent Litigation

    Steve represents inventors in several high profile cases including:  University of Utah v. Max Planck; Flatworld v. Apple (patent involving the swipe function of all Apple products); Thought Inc. v. Oracle

  • Boeing Securities Litigation

    Lead counsel in $92 million settlement of a securities action.

  • Charles Schwab Securities Litigation

    Lead counsel in securities case resulting in $235 million settlement, resulting in 45% and 82% recoveries for the class, high percentages for securities cases.

  • Enron Pension Protection Litigation

    Lead counsel for Enron employees whose retirement accounts were wiped out by Enron’s fraud.  Settlement was the largest ERISA settlement in U.S. history.

  • Thalidomide Litigation

    Steve is leading the case for U.S. based thalidomide victims who have recently discovered that their injuries were caused by their mother’s exposure to thalidomide and the role of certain drug companies in the distribution of thalidomide in the United States.


  • Appointed Special Assistant Attorney General in tobacco litigation, representing 13 states.
  • Voted one of the 100 most influential attorneys in America by The National Law Journal three times.
  • Voted most powerful lawyer in the State of Washington by The National Law Journal.


  • Steve was a college soccer player and continues to participate in the sport as a certified U.S. Soccer Federation referee.
  • He also is an avid cyclist and tri-athlete.
  • He is a co-founder of the Kathy and Steve Berman Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Washington.
  • Founder of Hagens Berman Cycling Team and co-founder of Jamis – Hagens Berman Pro Cycling Team.