Steve Berman co-founded Hagens Berman in 1993 and is the firm’s managing partner. Hes historic legal victories. He is considered one of the nation’s most successful class-action attorneys.
He served as lead counsel for the largest settlement in world history against Big Tobacco, the largest antitrust settlement, the largest ERISA settlement and, at time of settlement, the largest U.S. securities settlement and largest automotive settlement in U.S. history, and continues to make strides for consumers across the nation by standing up against Wall Street, Big Pharma and other industries. He is responsible for billions of dollars in settlements and relief to consumers, purchasers, homeowners and other groups at risk of being defrauded by large corporations.
Jeniphr A.E. Breckenridge has practiced with the firm since its founding in 1993 and focuses on class actions, including consumer rights, automobile defects, securities litigation fraud and wage and hour claims. Her notable cases include Boeing Securities Litigation, Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation and State Tobacco cases. more »
Elaine Byszewski is a partner at Hagens Berman where she has worked since 2004. She has litigated a number of complex class actions on behalf of consumers, employees, and whistleblowers resulting in multi-million dollar settlements, including cases against Toyota, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Costco, Apple and KB Homes. Ms. Byszewski is involved in Hagens Berman's representation of the City of Los Angeles and other municipalities in litigation against major banks for discriminating against minority borrowers as well as deceptive advertising cases against SunRun and SeaWorld. more »
Jeff Friedman is a former federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice and partner at Hagens Berman where he specializes in class actions against some of the largest companies in the United States. Mr. Friedman litigates cases involving consumer protection including litigation against technology companies and cutting-edge competition policy issues. He has been Involved in firm’s position as lead counsel on behalf of purchasers of millions of electronics products, including lap top computers and cell phones, against several multi-national corporations alleged to have fixed the prices of lithium ion battery cells for more than a decade and was part of the team that solidified a $400 million settlement with Apple and five of the nation's largest publishing companies for inflating the price of e-books. more »
Mr. Kurowski is a partner at Hagens Berman's Chicago office and has litigated many aspects of cases throughout the country, often in consolidated multi-district litigation proceedings affecting consumers across the nation. His current work with the firm includes a variety of complex cases including contesting a prominent financial company’s deferred annuity sales practices in RICO litigation, including practices negatively impacting senior citizens. He also represents retail purchasers with consumer fraud claims against dietary supplement sellers and manufacturers and energy purchasers in RICO litigation alleging deceptive marketing practices against third-party energy provider. His successes include a $35 million settlement on behalf of consumers, involving multiple defendants In re Pre-Filled Propane Sales & Marketing Practices Litigation (W.D. Mo.) more »
Shana E. Scarlett is a partner at Hagens Berman's San Francisco office. Her practice is devoted entirely to representing plaintiffs in complex litigation, primarily in the areas of antitrust and unfair competition. She serves as one of the team of litigators representing indirect purchaser plaintiffs in the In re Optical Disk Drive Antitrust Litigation, alleging a price-fixing conspiracy to stabilize the prices of optical disk drives throughout the United States, in violation of federal and state antitrust laws. She also represented a class of consumers in the In re Electronic Books Antitrust Litigation, in which attorneys from Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro have worked closely with numerous State Attorneys General in representing the rights of consumers. more »
Craig R. Spiegel is a partner at Hagens Berman's Seattle office where his practice primarily focuses on class actions concerning unfair pricing of pharmaceutical drugs. Recent cases include actions against AstraZeneca and Merck. In one of Mr. Spiegel's notable cases, he helped obtain a substantial settlement for the state of New York and New York City in their litigation against Merck for losses suffered from deceptive marketing of the prescription drug Vioxx. Mr. Spiegel was instrumental in obtaining a settlement for a class of Massachusetts consumers and third-party payors in their litigation in which the class claimed that AstraZeneca deceptively marketed the prescription drug Nexium as superior to Prilosec. more »
Jason A. Zweig joined the firm in February 2011 and heads the firm’s New York office. Mr. Zweig is highly experienced in representing plaintiffs in consumer-rights litigation and other complex areas of the law. He was a key member in some of the largest antitrust and securities class actions in history including the High Fructose Corn Syrup Antitrust Litigation which resulted in a $531 million recovery, and also led the firm’s representation of merchants who opted out of the class in In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Litigation, MDL No. 1720(E.D.N.Y.), including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, British Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, DSW and Bloomin’ Brands. more »
Ms. Fitzpatrick is an associate at Hagens Berman's Arizona office, where her practice primarily focuses on complex civil litigation, consumer rights and mass tort cases. She has been an instrumental part of the firm's General Motors litigation team, helping the firm in its representation of vehicle owners whose cars lost significant value following the series of GM's bungled recalls and ignition switch defect. more »
Ms. Gannon is licensed to practice law in both the United States and Canada. Her practice focuses on nationwide consumer-protection cases involving large corporations, as well as other areas of litigation. She has extensive experience working with expert witnesses, often in economic and other highly technical areas and has been involved in the firm's case against Ford for its MyFord Touch devices In re MyFord Touch Consumer Litigation. more »
Shelby R. Smith is an associate at Hagens Berman's Seattle office where she prosecutes class-action cases on behalf of consumers. She currently represents student-athletes in personal injury litigation pertaining to concussions/traumatic brain injuries suffered during sporting activities and has been an instrumental part of the firm's litigation against Volkswagen and Mercedes involving the use of emissions-cheating software in Volkswagen Emissions Defect Litigation and Mercedes BlueTEC Emissions Litigation. Ms. Smith has also played a part in additional automotive consumer-rights cases, including GM Ignition Switch Recall and In re MyFord Touch Consumer Litigation. more »
Christopher R. Pitoun has focused on consumer litigation since graduating from law school and has gained broad experience representing individuals, municipalities and small businesses in all forms of complex litigation. Currently, Mr. Pitoun is involved in litigation against Bank of America and Countrywide for deceptively charging borrowers for appraisals that were indifferent to accuracy. more »