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 and has made environmental litigation a cornerstone of the firm's mission statement.
Steve represented clients against Exxon Mobil affected by the 10 million gallons of oil spilled off the coast of Alaska by the Exxon Valdez, securing a multimillion-dollar award. Under his leadership, the firm has represented an impoverished Alaskan village against some of the world's largest greenhouse gas offenders, filing suit against nine oil companies and 14 electric power companies. Steve has also prompted the firm to file environmental cases related to grass burning, commercial development at Grand Canyon national park, and has also represented property owners in class-action litigation for property damage and environmental harm to the sensitive Puget Sound region, caused by a high-speed fast ferry operated by Washington State Ferries.
Steve has pioneered pursuing car manufacturers who have been violating emissions standards, including: Mercedes BlueTEC vehicles, GM Chevy Cruze, Dodge Ram 2500, Dodge Ram 1500 and Jeep Cherokee. Steve and the firm’s work in emissions-cheating investigations is often ahead of the EPA and government regulators.
In 2003, Steve and his wife established the Kathy and Steve Berman Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Washington, giving law students an opportunity to become hands-on advocates for the region's environment.
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. He is considered one of the nation’s most successful class-action attorneys. more »
Barbara Mahoney is a partner at Hagens Berman's Seattle office where she litigates complex class-action cases within multiple practice areas, including environmental litigation. Barbara is currently working on the firm's Cane Run Power Plant case, in which the firm represents Kentucky homeowners in a class-action lawsuit against Louisville Gas and Electric Company. The suit alleges that it illegally dumped waste from a coal-fired power plant onto neighboring property and homes and seeks monetary and statutory damages, as well as injunctive relief that orders Louisville Gas and Electric Company to cease activities that allow coal combustion byproducts to escape from the Cane Run site.
She also has been involved heavily in the firm's governmental representation cases, including several lawsuits against McKesson Corporation relating to allegations that the company engaged in a scheme that raised the prices of more than 400 brand-name prescription drugs. That litigation has resulted in two separate national class-action settlements for $350 million and $82 million. Ms. Mahoney is currently involved in continuing related litigation on behalf of the commonwealth of Virginia and the state of Arizona. more »
Ted is devoted to working on behalf of those harmed by corporate misconduct, and has experience advocating for individuals in several contexts. He is an associate attorney at Hagens Berman's Seattle office. Prior to joining the firm, Ted served as a clerk to U.S. District Judge Mark H. Cohen, and prior to that, for Judge Marjorie Allard in the Alaska Court of Appeals. more »