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
•Contra Costa County Bar Association
•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

Chair of Lieff Cabraser's Auto and Transportation Cases section of the firm's Torts Practice Group, Todd A. Walburg focuses much of his practice on personal injury and products liability litigation involving serious injuries and wrongful death.

Todd is currently involved in several trials against Big Tobacco in Florida for the injuries and fatalities caused by cigarettes . He also represents plaintiffs in litigation against Takata for defective airbags , GM for faulty ignition systems , and Toyota for sudden unintended acceleration accidents across the United States. In the Toyota and GM cases in federal court, Todd works closely with Co-Lead Counsel Elizabeth J. Cabraser, and in the state court, 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.

Todd was previously involved in litigation against Yamaha Motor Corporation relating to multiple Rhino ATV rollover cases . He is an original member of the Tire Safety Group, a nationwide network of preeminent attorneys who handle product liability cases against tire manufacturers and dealers. Todd brings to bear his considerable experience with a variety of automotive defect cases, emphasizing vehicle crashworthiness, tire failure defects, fuel tank fires, rollovers, and seatbelt failures.

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 served on the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors since 2013, and has been an Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors member since 2012. In 1998, he was the national winner of the Leesfield/Association of Trial Lawyers of America scholarship. Todd has also been a legal services volunteer for the Bar Association of San Francisco's Eviction Defense Project since 2012.

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), Cutting Edge Damages (SFTLA/CAOC 2013; with NJP Litigation Consulting), and Comparing and Contrasting the GM Litigation and the Toyota Litigation (AAJ 2014). In addition, Super Lawyers named Todd a 2014 Super Lawyer for Northern California, and a Rising Star for Northern California, from 2010 - 2013.

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
•November 7, 2014
Airbag Recall Update: Takata Allegedly Knew 10 Years Ago of Deadly Airbag Defect
•August 22, 2014
Portable Butane Stove Burn Injuries Still Cause Unnecessary Harm
•August 15, 2014
Car Fires and Fuel Tank Explosions Remain an Ongoing National Concern
•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?

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

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Airbag Recall Update: Takata Allegedly Knew 10 Years Ago of Deadly Airbag Defect
Todd A. Walburg, November 19, 2014
In a shocking development, former workers at airbag manufacturer Takata Corporation reportedly tested airbags at its crash-testing facility in Michigan, which showed a dangerous flaw in the airbags. The secret tests, which have not been previously disclosed, were performed after normal work hours...

Air Bags Ejecting Metal Fragments Cause Fatal Injuries for Drivers and Passengers
Todd A. Walburg, November 10, 2014
Automakers are recalling millions of vehicles due to allegedly defective air bags which shoot out metal shards when they activate, severely injuring drivers and passengers. The alleged faulty air bags are manufactured by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., whose stock shares The New York Times reports...

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...

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Todd A. Walburg

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


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