Consumer Rights

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Consumer Rights Attorneys

Steve W Berman Hagens Berman AttorneySteve W. Berman, Managing Partner

Steve Berman co-founded Hagens Berman in 1993 and is the firm’s managing partner. He represents consumers, investors and employees in large, complex litigation held in state and federal courts. Berman’s trial experience has earned him significant recognition and led The National Law Journal to name him one of the 100 most powerful lawyers in the nation, and to repeatedly name Hagens Berman one of the top 10 plaintiffs’ firms in the country. Berman was inspired to build a firm that vociferously fought for the rights of those unable to fight for themselves. His innovative approach, tenacious conviction and impeccable track record have earned him an excellent reputation and numerous 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.

Berman is also co-lead counsel in the high-profile ignition-switch litigation against GM, representing vehicle owners who have suffered tremendous loss of vehicle value. Additionally, Steve led the firm's aggressive fight against Hyundai and Kia on behalf of defrauded consumers who alleged the automakers had misrepresented fuel economies in vehicles, securing a groundbreaking $255 million settlement believed to be the second-largest automotive settlement in history.

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Jeniphr AE Breckenridge Hagens Berman AttorneyJENIPHR A.E. BRECKENRIDGE, PARTNER

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 Hagens Berman AttorneyELAINE T. BYSZEWSKI, PARTNER

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 »

Jennifer Fountain Connolly Hagens Berman AttorneyJENNIFER FOUNTAIN CONNOLLY, PARTNER

Ms. Connolly is a partner at Hagens Berman and operates the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses fighting for the rights of many, including consumers in pharmaceutical pricing fraud cases, antitrust class actions, qui tam litigation and other types of complex litigation where she has held numerous leadership positions. She represented classes of consumers and third-party payors in a ground-breaking pharmaceutical fraud case where the court approved a total of $338 million in settlements. more »

Elizabeth Fegan Hagens Berman AttorneyELIZABETH A. FEGAN, PARTNER

Beth Fegan is partner at Hagens Berman where she leads the firm's Chicago office. Her practice focuses on complex commercial class-action cases in the areas of antitrust, consumer protection and product liability and has led her to be named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Ms. Fegan has been involved in many of the firm's largest cases including American Equity Senior Annuities Fraud ($129 million settlement), Midland Senior Annuities Fraud ($79.5 million settlement), Baby Products Antitrust Settlement ($35 million settlement), Pre-Filled Propane Tank Marketing And Sales Practices ($35 million settlement), Bayer Combination Aspirin Consumer Fraud ($15 million settlement), Aurora Dairy Organic Milk Consumer Fraud ($7.5 million settlement) and “Thomas the Tank Engine” Toys Lead Paint Products Liability ($30 million settlement of federal and state cases). She also represented plaintiffs in a nationwide class action alleging sexual harassment on behalf of 16,000 current and former female employees of a commercial property brokerage firm (Settlement required changes to human resource policies and a streamlined claims process that provided the potential for individual awards up to $150,000 per class member). more »

Jeff Friedman Hagens Berman AttorneyJEFF D. FRIEDMAN, PARTNER

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 »

Dan Kurowski Hagens Berman AttorneyDANIEL J. KUROWSKI, PARTNER

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 Scarlett Hagens Berman AttorneySHANA E. SCARLETT, PARTNER

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 Spiegel Hagens Berman AttorneyCRAIG R. SPIEGEL, PARTNER

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 Zweig Hagens Berman AttorneyJASON A. ZWEIG, PARTNER

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 »

Rachel Freeman Hagens Berman AttorneyRACHEL E. Fitzpatrick, ASSOCIATE

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 »
 

Catherine Gannon Hagens Berman AttorneyCATHERINE Y.N. GANNON, ASSOCIATE

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 Hagens Berman AttorneySHELBY R. SMITH, ASSOCIATE

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 Pitoun Hagens Berman AttorneyCHRISTOPHER R. PITOUN, ASSOCIATE

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 »