Todd A. Walburg: Lawyer with Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Todd A. Walburg

Todd is a partner in our San Francisco office who focuses his practice on products liability litigation involving serious injuries and wrongful death.
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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Protection
  • Defective Products
University University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., 1995
Law SchoolUniversity of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1999
Admitted2001, California; 2001, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit; 2001, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 2006, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 2006, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 2006, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Professional Associations and Memberships

Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Governors, 2003 - 2005, 2012 - 2013)

American Association for Justice (Attorneys Information Exchange Group; Burn Injury Litigation Group; Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section; Products Liability Section; Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts; Spinal Cord Injury Litigation Group)

American Bar Association (Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section)

Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Bar Association of San Francisco (Pro Bono Trial Attorney; Eviction Defense Project; Volunteer Legal Services)

Consumer Attorneys of California

Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles

The Melvin M. Belli Society

Public Justice

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 2013 - present; Experts Committee, 2012; Education Committee, 2005 - 2007, 2012; Carlene Caldwell Scholarship Committee, 2005 - 2007)

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International

State Bar of California

Western Trial Lawyers Association


Obtaining Justice for the Injured

Todd is a partner in our San Francisco office who focuses much of his practice on personal injury and products liability litigation involving serious injuries and wrongful death. Todd is also the Auto and Transportation Cases Chair in the firm's Torts Practice Group.

Over the past two decades, Todd has worked on virtually every type of injury case (burn injuries, orthopedic injuries, spine injuries, head injuries, neck and back injuries, broken bones and fractures, limb crush injuries, and emotional injuries, including childhood sexual abuse). Todd has represented plaintiffs in cases involving automobile collisions, rollovers, fires, dangerous highways and roadways, medical malpractice, assault and battery, pedestrian accidents, bike and motorcycle accidents, car and heavy truck accidents, ATV accidents, boating accidents, premises liability incidents, construction site accidents, factory accidents and many other types of cases.

Todd is currently involved in several trials against Big Tobacco in Florida for the injuries and fatalities caused by cigarettes. He is also currently investigating complaints against GM for faulty ignition switches. Todd represents numerous victims of Toyota sudden unintended acceleration incidents across the United States. Todd was appointed to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for the Toyota Unintended Acceleration JCCP by the Honorable Lee Smalley Edmon of the Los Angeles Superior Court. In the Toyota cases in federal court, Todd works closely with Co-Lead Counsel Elizabeth J. Cabraser.

Todd was previously involved in litigation against Yamaha Motor Corporation in multiple Rhino ATV rollover cases. He has handled a variety of automotive defect cases, with an emphasis on vehicle crashworthiness, tire failure defects, fuel tank fires, rollovers, and seatbelt failures. Todd is also one of the original members of the Tire Safety Group, a nationwide network of preeminent attorneys who handle product liability cases against tire manufacturers and dealers.

Todd has also represented victims of defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs, such as Guidant implantable defibrillators and pacemakers, Medtronic heart leads, Ortho-McNeil contraceptive patches, Baycol, Vioxx, and Fen-Phen. In addition, Todd was a key member of the litigation team in the groundbreaking University of Phoenix whistleblower case, which was resolved for $78.5 million.

Todd has been working on personal injury and products liability cases since 1992, when he started out as a file clerk and investigator for a prominent Oakland, California trial lawyer. Thereafter, Todd received the 1998 Leesfield/Association of Trial Lawyers of America scholarship.

Todd is the author of Powerful Mediation Briefs in The Verdict (ACCTLA 2006). He was also the keynote speaker in presentations entitled Products Liability Strategies before Trial (SFTLA 2008), Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation (CAOC Annual Convention 2011), Burn Injury Cases (SFTLA/CAOC 2012), and Cutting Edge Damages (SFTLA/CAOC 2013; with NJP Litigation Consulting). In addition, Todd was named a Rising Star for Northern California by Super Lawyers in 2010, 2011 and 2012, a distinction awarded to less than 2.5% of California attorneys.

Published Works

Cutting Edge Damges, SFTLA/COAC Webinar with NJP Litigaton Consulting, February 2013

Burn Injury Cases, SFTLA/CAOC Webinar, December 2012

Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation, CAOC Annual Convention, November 2011

Product Liability Strategies Before Trial, SFTLA Roundtable, October 2008

Powerful Mediation Briefs in The Verdict, ACCTLA, 2006

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyer for Northern California, Super Lawyers, 2014

Rising Star for Northern California, Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2013

Elected to the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2013 - Present

Appointed to the Board of Governors of the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association, 2012 - Present

Leesfield / Association of Trial Lawyers of America Scholarship, National Winner, 1998

Past Employment Positions

Emison Hullverson Bonagofsky, LLP, Partner, 2007 - 2008

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Associate, 2005 - 2007

Bennett, Johnson & Galler, Associate, 2001 - 2005

Pro Bono Activities

Eviction Defense Project, Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco (2012 - Present)

In the News

July 8, 2014
22 Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Selected as 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers or Rising Stars

June 2, 2014
What Does GM's Fine by NHTSA for Faulty Ignition Mean for Victims?

March 12, 2014
Lawyers Prepare for G.M. Suits With Novel Strategies

December 13, 2013
Todd Walburg Comments on Settlement Process for Toyota Acceleration Lawsuits

July 18, 2013
23 Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Selected As 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers Or Rising Stars

Reported CasesRepresentative Cases; Fen-Phen Diet Drugs; GM Faulty Ignition Recall; Medtronic Heart Lead Recall; Toyota Accident; Vioxx; Yamaha Rhino

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Car Fires and Fuel Tank Explosions Remain an Ongoing National Concern
Todd A. Walburg, August 27, 2014
According to the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Incident Reporting System, "from 2008 to 2010, an estimated 194,000 highway vehicle fires occurred in the United States each year resulting in an average of approximately 300 deaths, 1,250 injuries and $1.1 billion in property...

Portable Butane Stove Burn Injuries Still Cause Unnecessary Harm
Todd A. Walburg, August 27, 2014
Portable butane stoves are a great convenience, making it possible for campers and others without access to a fixed stove to cook meals. While they are available for as little as ten or fifteen dollars, unfortunately these convenient portable stoves and butane burners can cause severe burn injuries...

GM Recall Payment Plan For Car Accident Victims Summary
Todd A. Walburg, July 30, 2014
On June 30, 2014, General Motors unveiled a settlement protocol that would compensate persons injured and families of loved ones killed in accidents triggered by the defective ignition switch in millions of its cars. The defect caused the cars to suddenly lose power, often resulting in the driver...

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Todd A. Walburg

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


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