Hagens Berman is one of the nation’s leading class-action law firms, and has earned an international reputation for excellence and innovation in groundbreaking litigation against large corporations.
Since its founding in 1993, Hagens Berman and members of our legal team have continued to raise the standard of plaintiffs’ litigation, as shown by our many accolates and firm-wide awards. Hagens Berman has been named to The Plaintiffs’ Hot List: The Year’s Hottest Firms, as well as the National Law Journal’s list of Elite Trial Lawyers, with a particular focus on our hard fought automotive litigation. And the firm's managing partner, Steve Berman, has been named one of the most powerful attorneys and top litigators in the nation. Media outlets have entitled Steve "a heavy hitter," and Bloomberg called the firm "one of the preeminent class action firms in the U.S."
Hagens Berman routinely achieves record-breaking settlements for our clients in the face of deep corporate-backed opposition. Hagens Berman represented 13 states in the largest recovery in litigation history – $206 billion – in state tobacco litigation. Our firm served as co-lead counsel in what was then the largest antitrust settlement in history – valued at $27 billion against Visa and MasterCard. Hagens Berman was also co-lead counsel in the high-profile Enron ERISA litigation, which recovered in excess of $250 million, the largest ERISA settlement in history. Our firm also achieved the largest automotive settlement ever at the time for consumers against Toyota, returning $1.6 billion. The firm also took a leading role in the now-largest automotive settlement in history against Volkswagen for its use of emissions-cheating software, and was the first firm in the nation to file suit against VW.
"the track record of Hagens Berman[’s] Steve Berman is…impressive, having racked…a $1.6 billion settlement in the Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation and a substantial number of really outstanding big-ticket results."
— Milton I. Shadur, Senior U.S. District Judge, naming Hagens Berman Interim Class Counsel in Stericycle Pricing MDL
"Class counsel has consistently demonstrated extraordinary skill and effort."
— U.S. District Judge James Selna, Central Distict of California, In re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing
We achieve results, and our track record proves it. While many class-action or individual plaintiff cases result in large legal fees and no meaningful result for the client, Hagens Berman finds ways to return real value.
Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning the victims we represent pay nothing at all unless we win. Attorney fees are paid based on an industry percentage of overall settlement terms, allowing plaintiffs to reap the rewards. The victories we seek also include tangible changes through injunctions and other novel applications of the law. Through litigation, Hagens Berman has brought about new education programs, testing and research, and has achieved major victories that have benefitted the environment and sustained human rights.
Our legal team also possesses a wide range of deep industry knowledge spanning our many practice areas, bringing expertise to our consumer work, intellectual property cases, whistleblower claims and others.
At the basis of all that motivates Hagens Berman is our mission for corporate reform. We believe the nation’s largest companies have a responsibility to uphold to the public, and we know that left to their own, corporate leaders would rather line their pockets than look out for their shareholders or consumers. It’s through our work that we continue to uphold and fight for the rights of those most vulnerable to corporate greed and negligence.