Hagens Berman Promotes Four Attorneys to Partner in 2022
SEATTLE – Hagens Berman, a global plaintiffs’ class-action law firm, promoted four attorneys from four separate U.S. offices to partner in a robust start to 2022. The firm recognized their outstanding achievements for consumers, investors and others in recent years and bolstered its growing roster of powerhouse complex class-action litigators.
Top Complex Plaintiffs Litigators
- John DeStefano practices at Hagens Berman’s Phoenix office, primarily handling consumer, insurance, and antitrust class actions as well as appellate representation. Mr. DeStefano’s recent successes include court approval of $400 million settlement to compensate Hyundai and Kia owners for misstatement of EPA fuel economy ratings. Settlement payments averaged $353 for Hyundai owners and $667 for Kia owners. His notable cases also include In re Pre-Filled Propane Tank Antitrust Litigation, Jim Brown v. Electronic Arts Inc. and In re Swift Transportation Co. Inc. John is currently investigating total loss claims for individuals in car crashes, among other instances of potential consumer fraud.
- Lucas E. Gilmore represents investors’ rights from the firm’s Berkeley, Calif. office. He is a key member of the firm’s investor fraud team in which he, along with a group of attorneys, financial analysts, and investigators, counsels the firm’s investor clients on their legal claims and prosecutes financial fraud cases against major corporations. He has litigated dozens of securities class actions against the largest companies and banks, and investigates cutting-edge instances of fraud against investors, including matters against Zuora Inc., Sasol Ltd., Vaxart Inc., Aurora Cannabis Inc. and many others.
- Anne F. Johnson specializes in high-stakes, complex litigation challenging Big Pharma’s antitrust schemes to block consumer access to less expensive generic drugs, as well as mass actions fighting corporate indifference and greed. She does so from the firm’s newest U.S. office in Austin, where she was instrumental in achieving more than $200 million in aggregate settlements for her clients in General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation.
- Christopher R. Pitoun focuses on consumer-rights litigation and has broad experience representing individuals, municipalities and small businesses in all forms of complex litigation. He focuses on class action at the firm’s Los Angeles office and has recently helped secure monumental settlements for class members. These include BofA Countrywide Appraisal RICO where he was part of a team that secured a $250 million settlement on behalf of nationwide class of borrowers, and Lucy Chi v. University of Southern California et al in which he was part of a team that secured a $215 million settlement on behalf of class of sexual assault survivors against the university and its former on-campus OB-GYN.
“Each year, our firm rededicates itself to representing the rights of those most vulnerable to the absolute best of our abilities,” said Steve Berman, Hagens Berman’s co-founder and managing partner. “In 2022, we are excited to ring in the new year with a talented team of attorneys ready to take on the fight for those we represent.”
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Hagens Berman is a global plaintiffs’ rights complex litigation law firm with a tenacious drive for achieving real results for those harmed by corporate negligence and fraud. Since its founding in 1993, the firm’s determination has earned it numerous national accolades, awards and titles of “Most Feared Plaintiff’s Firm,” MVPs and Trailblazers of class-action law. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com. Follow the firm for updates and news at @ClassActionLaw.