Our London office, Hagens Berman UK LLP, extends Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP’s success into the global market. We assist clients in complex, groundbreaking, contentious matters, consumer protection and competition litigation. Our lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those impacted by corporate wrongdoing. Indeed, the combined excellence of our U.S. and U.K. practices enables us to provide our clients with exceptional service and sophisticated legal acumen that our clients expect and deserve.
Hagens Berman’s legal team also works closely with top-tier barristers and global experts to ensure a strategic approach to litigation and the best resolution of issues on our clients’ behalf. Notably, our team has entered into a collaboration with the prestigious firm Fox Williams LLP in developing one of the most significant class-action group litigations in the United Kingdom.
HAGENS BERMAN's U.K. LEGAL TEAM
STEVE W. BERMAN, Managing Partner of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP and Co-Managing Director of Hagens Berman UK LLP
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 U.S. 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 U.S. Berman was inspired to build a law 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 most successful class-action attorneys in the U.S.
Mr. Berman served as co-lead counsel for the largest antitrust settlement in U.S. history and has represented clients against Big Pharma in various actions ranging from price-fixing schemes to antitrust activities to culminate in more than $1 billion in aggregate settlements. He also works on antitrust matters including those regarding components in computers, as well representing a class of animators against several employers. He was also responsible for securing $400 million in compensation for e-book owners for an antitrust pricing scheme involving Apple and five of America’s top publishers. Steve has also championed the rights of consumers in emissions-cheating litigation against various automakers. He has led Hagens Berman’s proprietary efforts in independently testing diesel models across Audi, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, GM, Mercedes and others and was the first to file suit against Volkswagen following its Dieselgate scandal. Steve also pioneered emissions-cheating claims against Mercedes’ parent company Daimler, having tested vehicles that later spurred investigations by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice. more »
MICHAEL J. GALLAGHER JR., CO-MANAGING DIRECTOR AND PARTNER, HAGENS BERMAN UK LLP
Michael Gallagher is a partner and the co-managing director of Hagens Berman UK LLP. He is a foreign registered attorney of England and Wales as well as a member of several bars in the United States, including New York. He has almost 20 years of experience in plaintiffs’ and claimants’ complex litigation, group action, finance, and financial and regulatory matters. Working with co-managing director Steve Berman, Michael develops the firm’s U.K. litigation strategy. After launching Hagens Berman UK LLP, Michael helps oversee its litigations and manages the practice. He is currently assisting in the firm’s U.K. litigation against Mercedes’ use of illegal emissions defeat devices in England and Wales, one of the most significant group litigations to be brought in the United Kingdom.
Prior to joining Hagens Berman UK LLP, Michael was the global director and partner at several prominent United States law firms focusing on plaintiffs' global antitrust, securities class actions and complex litigation specializing in commodity manipulation, price-fixing and exchange-related antitrust claims. While at these firms, Michael litigated all the IBOR-related benchmark manipulation cases and several commodities cases including In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation.
Mr. Gallagher clerked for the Hon. Helene N. White of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and also clerked for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement under Chairman Mary Schapiro. He also worked for now-Senator Elizabeth Warren as she chaired the Congressional Oversight Panel, where he was responsible for monitoring the Troubled Asset Relief Program and served in the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.
Mr. Gallagher graduated from Rutgers Law School, Camden and obtained his B.S. in international business relations and non-profit management from Franklin and Marshall College. Prior to law school, Mr. Gallagher had a career in finance in which he focused on capital investments, NGO management and international relations. more »
MOLLY AHMED, SENIOR SOLICITOR AND PARTNER
Molly Ahmed is the lead solicitor for Hagens Berman UK’s Mercedes group litigation. She has more than 15 years of post-qualification experience in litigation, arbitration and commercial experience having worked closely in the banking and financial sectors. Much of her practice has had an international dimension, successfully resolving complex, high-value disputes in the High Court of England and Wales, foreign courts, and through international arbitration proceedings. Prior to joining Hagens Berman, Molly was general counsel at a firm working in the banking and financial sector and worked as a solicitor and senior legal counsel for matters involving fraud, economic torts and banking and regulatory issues. more »
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