Hagens Berman Named to National Law Journal Plaintiffs' Hot List Fifth Year in a Row

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro is named to the National Law Journal’s prestigious Plaintiffs’ Hot List for the fifth year in a row.

The award is given each year to law firms that do “exemplary, cutting-edge work on the plaintiffs’ side” and who have demonstrated “an impressive track record of wins.”

“We are very honored that the National Law Journal once again recognized our work representing plaintiffs in complex litigation,” said Steve Berman, managing partner and co-founder of HBSS. “Our entire staff, including attorneys, paralegals, and other support staff, work extremely hard every day, producing amazing results for consumers, investors, whistleblowers, inventors and others.”

HBSS was first named to the list in 2006, and has been named five years in a row. It is one of the few firms nationally to have taken the honor seven times.

NLJ recognized Hagens Berman’s work on several high-profile cases including acting as co-lead counsel in the Toyota sudden, unintended acceleration lawsuit. The firm secured a record $1.6 billion settlement in the case, which the judge approved last July, noting that the settlement results were “extraordinary” and an example of “great lawyering.”

NLJ also praised Hagens Berman’s role as lead counsel in the electronic-books antitrust MDL in New York alleging that the nation’s largest e-book publishers and Apple, Inc. conspired to fix e-book prices.  Hagens Berman worked with the U.S. Department of Justice and 33 state attorneys general and won preliminary approval of settlements with the only two remaining publisher defendants, MacMillan and Penguin. These settlements will, once approved, return tens of millions of dollars to consumers who allegedly paid more for e-books because of anticompetitive activity.

Finally, NLJ praised Hagens Berman’s managing partner Steve W. Berman, noting that in interviews with the publication, opposing counsel referred to him as a “difficult adversary,” but also “honest and direct.”

Hagens Berman was founded in Seattle in 1993 and is most well-known for class-action work on behalf of consumers. The firm has grown steadily over the years, now encompassing nine offices across the country with a truly nationwide practice. The firm’s scope has also expanded, and now includes securities, investment fraud, product liability, personal injury, antitrust, consumer fraud, employment, environmental protection, intellectual property and whistleblower cases.

The National Law Journal publishes the Plaintiffs’ Hot List annually. This year’s list appeared on Oct. 21, 2013.