Stephen H. Cassidy: Lawyer with Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Stephen H. Cassidy

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A partner in our San Francisco office, Stephen represented home owners in litigation against the leading title insurance companies in California. Today, Stephen oversees Lieff Cabraser's marketing efforts and actively participates in the investigation and review of new cases in the firm's consumer, environmental, and personal injury practice areas.
Partner, Director of Marketing
San Francisco,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone415.956.1000 Ext. 2203

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Practice Areas

  • Consumer Protection
  • Defective Products
  • Personal Injury
 
University Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., 1986
 
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1989 Law Review: Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Associate Managing Editor, 1988 - 1989
 
Admitted1989, California; 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit; 1997, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
 
Memberships 

Professional Associations and Memberships

Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers' Association

American Association for Justice

American Bar Association (Litigation Section)

Bar Association of San Francisco

Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Governors, 2007 - 2010

Fight for Justice Campaign

Public Justice Foundation

State Bar of California

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

 
Biography

An Advocate for Consumers

A partner in our San Francisco office, Stephen represented home owners in litigation against the leading title insurance companies in California. Settlements in the cases brought a total of $50 million for consumers, and resulted in industry-wide changes in the providing of escrow services. Stephen litigated against multiple banks and credit card companies, helping to stop these companies from charging improper late and overlimit fees and promoting and selling worthless add-on products.

In the firm's multi-state tobacco litigation, Stephen investigated a half-century of efforts by the tobacco industry to promote smoking by teenagers. He deposed senior tobacco marketing executives and succeeded in obtaining the production of documents from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (RJR) on current marketing programs. The documents produced by RJR included its infamous Project SCUM campaign.

Upon the successful conclusion of the historic litigation, Stephen drafted a lengthy letter to California Attorney General Bill Lockyer calling for him to bring an enforcement action against RJR for advertising in magazines with a high teen readership. The Attorney General filed a lawsuit against RJR in 2001. Three years later, a settlement was reached requiring RJR to pay a $17 million fine and cease its advertising in magazines with a teen audience of 15% or more of its readers.

Today, Stephen oversees Lieff Cabraser's marketing efforts and actively participates in the investigation and review of new cases in the firm's consumer, environmental, and personal injury practice areas. For the past three years, he has served as a Governor on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California.

Published Works

Co-Author, Decisions Interpreting California's Rules of Class Action Procedure, Survey of State Class Action Law, 2001

TVA + Coal Ash, American Association for Justice, July 2013

Magnetix Toy Injuries: A Failure to Inform Safety Regulators, OpEd News, 2009

Restoring Patient Rights and Promoting Safer Medical Device, OpEd News, 2009

Internet Marketing for Plaintiffs' Firms, CAOC Conference, May 2004

Enhancing the Role of Law Firm Marketing Departments, LexisNexis Law Firm markets' Roundtable, November 2003

Contributing Author, California Class Actions Practice and Procedures (Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Editor-in-Chief), 2003

The Newest Member of the Nuclear Club: Pakistan's Drive for a Nuclear Weapon's Capability, 12 Hastings Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 679, 1989

Honors and Awards

AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Past Employment Positions

U.S. Magistrate-Judge Joan S. Brennan, Law Clerk, 1989 - 1990

Alameda County Public Defender's Office, 1990 - 1991

Marin County Public Defender's Office, 1991 - 1992

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Motions Attorney, 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1997

In the News

October 11, 2011
Stephen Cassidy and Sarah London Elected to Consumer Attorneys Board

 
Reported CasesRepresentative Cases; California Title Insurance; Fen-Phen Diet Drugs; Tobacco and Smokers Litigation; Toyota Sudden Acceleration
 
ISLN911868409
 

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Federal Jury Awards Punitive Damages In Actos Bladder Cancer Trial
Stephen H. Cassidy, April 22, 2014
A federal jury in Louisiana yesterday ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Company and Eli Lilly & Company to pay $1,475,000 in compensatory damages, finding that they failed to adequately warn about bladder-cancer risks of their diabetes medicine Actos. Jurors also found that Takeda and Lilly...


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Stephen H. Cassidy

275 Battery Street, 29th Floor
San FranciscoCA 94111-3339




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