With literally tens of thousands of lawyers in the country, and many of them more interested in working for corporations, it can be difficult to know who is on your side. Searching through our comprehensive list of cases, we have identified some of the best attorneys that are out there fighting for you. From multinational firms to small family operations, they have won millions of dollars for everyday people who just need help.
The law firms in this list are based all around the country but represent people from any state. Some have specializations, so consider looking for a lawyer that has experience in your practice area.
- 1. Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
- 2. Stag Liuzza
- 3. Motley Rice
- 4. Simmons Hanly Conroy
- 5. The Lanier Law Firm
- 6. Baron & Budd
- 7. Beasley Allen Law Firm
- 8. Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine
- 9. Cohe, Milstein Sellers & Toll
- 10. Seeger Weiss
- 11. Weitz & Luxenberg
- 12. Levin Papantonio Rafferty
- 13. Berger Montague
- 14. Hausfeld
- 15. Robins Kaplan
- 16. Edelson
- 17. Sauder Schelkopf
- 18. Anapol Weiss
- 19. Andrus Anderson
- 20. Aaron M. Levine & Associates
- 21. Morgan & Morgan
- Final Thoughts
Offices in: San Francisco, New York, Nashville, and Munich.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Product Liability, Employment Disputes, Securities Litigation.
Consistently featured as the best lawyers for the plaintiff by prestigious groups like the National Law Journal and Law360, Lieff Cabraser has developed a reputation for tireless work and high ethical standards. Since its foundation fifty years ago, the firm has been a part of some of the biggest cases in America, including recovering assets stolen from Holocaust victims, forcing Walmart to improve its employment practices, and winning $42 billion against the tobacco industry on behalf of multiple states.
Cabraser recently won a case to ensure victims of the Northern California Camp Creek Fire could claim the compensation owed to them by Pacific Gas & Electric, ensuring over $13 billion was put aside by the bankrupt company to pay out settlements.
2. Stag Liuzza
Offices in: New Orleans.
Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Mineral Royalty Disputes, Mining, and Environmental Litigation.
Stag Liuzza has a country-wide reputation for having the scientific expertise to tackle large corporations on behalf of victims harmed by pollution, defective medications, and poor work conditions in mining and manufacturing. With the addition of Merritt Cunningham in 2010, the firm is also gaining a reputation fighting for clients against large pharmaceuticals and medical device companies.
Michael Stag is known as the pioneer of radiation litigation and has worked tirelessly for decades to ensure compensation is provided for the victims of radiation exposure. Among his greater achievements are a $1 billion verdict against Exxon and a $300 million settlement against Murphy Oil. While being appointed lead counsel on several landmark class actions, Ashley Liuzza has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Advocacy at Loyola University and is one of America’s pre-eminent speakers on environmental law and unfair trade practices.
Stag Liuzza takes cases from around the country and understands the everyday problems faced by property owners affected by nearby mining and manufacturing concerns. With close connections to medical experts in the field of poisons and pollution, the firm can provide a holistic approach to helping their clients regain control of their situation.
3. Motley Rice
Offices in: South Carolina, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, West Virginia, Washington DC, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Product Liability, Securities Litigation, Human Rights Cases.
Motley Rice has been a part of some of the most historical moments of litigation in America. Since the 1970s, they have been involved in a $246 billion settlement against the tobacco industry, represented the victims of 9/11 in a settlement against Arab Bank for terrorism funding, and reached a $305 million settlement for victims of lead poisoning.
Currently, Motley Rice is playing a major role in representing the injured in talcum powder cases, those who have lost vision while taking Elmiron, and farmers who were not warned about the neurological dangers behind Paraquat’s fertilizer formula.
Offices in: Alton, Chicago, New York, El Segundo, St. Louis, and San Francisco.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Personal Injury, Environmental Litigation.
John Simmons opened his firm in 1999 specifically to help families find compensation for the suffering caused by asbestos-related illnesses. After successfully finding a $34 million verdict for a mechanic in California, Simmons expanded his firm across the country and has now found over $7 billion for over a thousand families. Simmons Hanly Conroy gives part of their fees to charities that support mesothelioma victims and has donated over $20 million to cancer research.
In 2003, Simmons Hanly Conroy was one of the first firms willing to litigate against Purdue Pharmaceuticals for their aggressive practices when selling OxyContin. Since then, the firm has settled over five thousand cases against drug companies for their role in the opioid epidemic facing America.
Due to changes in New York legislation, Simmon Hanly Conroy is leading the charge in helping victims of sexual abuse in the state receive compensation they deserved long ago.
Offices in: Houston, Los Angeles, and New York.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Personal Injury, Business Law, Maritime Law, Railroad Liability.
Founded by Mark Lanier and Larry Wilson, The Lanier Law Firm has decades of experience handling personal injury cases while also handling business fraud and maritime cases. In one of their biggest cases, they were able to secure one of the first wins against a pharmaceutical company for the carcinogenic effects of diabetic medication. This 2014 case for a New York family was to be the precedent for tens of millions of dollars awarded to victims around the country.
In October 2020, Lanier helped a Texas man receive a two million dollar verdict after the inspector injured themselves at the Texas Department of Transportation offices, where the asbestos company was not maintaining proper work and safety practices.
The Business Litigation team has just been retained by the state of Texas for upcoming legal proceedings against Google, Inc for their anticompetitive practices regarding online advertising.
6. Baron & Budd
Offices in: California, Louisiana, Texas, and Washington DC.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Environmental Law, Whistleblower Protection.
Originating out of Texas, Baron & Budd have been leaders in representing plaintiffs for close to forty years. One of their earliest wins was representing 1,600 residents of Tuscon against a major airline and the Tuscon government for contamination of drinking water. Even though it took over 20 years to finally settle, Baron & Budd’s work ended up redefining pollution laws in Arizona and across the country.
Since then, Baron & Budd have made a name for themselves representing ordinary Americans against corporations who pollute their environment. They have also had landmark wins against pharmaceutical companies for diabetic medication, banks, and energy companies.
In February 2021, Baron & Budd helped the Hawaiian government secure a win against global pharmaceutical companies over their deceptive practices involving the antiplatelet drug Plavix. They were able to have the people of Hawaii compensated to the tune of $834 million.
They are currently investigating cases in regards to Paycheck Protection Fraud, Fire Damages, and Groundwater Contamination.
Offices in: Atlanta, Montgomery, and Mobile.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Product Liability, Employment Law, Business Litigation.
While their offices are in Alabama, the eighty lawyers who work for Beasley Allen have been a part of major cases across the country. Considered among the best in consumer litigation, their cases have won over $28 billion for plaintiffs, and their firm has been featured many times by Time Magazine, Forbes, Fox News, and The New York Times. They have supported clients who have had to testify in congress, and publish a well-known consumer protection journal, “The Jere Beasley Report.”
Beasley Allen was a part of the recent Xarelto multidistrict litigation settlement for over $775 million. At the same time, they settled a wrongful death suit against Caterpillar, who created a design flaw that led to the death of an Alabama farmer.
Address: Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Ohio, Wyoming, and New Mexico.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Construction Defects, Commercial Litigation, Workers Compensation.
Founded in 1977 by Michael Burg, “Burg Simpson” puts a heavy burden on its lawyers to be community-minded and put the welfare of their clients first. This is why they often work co-counsel with lawyers around the world to help their clients have the absolute best in representation. Colorado Law Week names Mr. Burg “The Best Lawyer of the Decade,” and Legal 500 names him as one of the top 50 trial lawyers in America. The Honorable Alan Simpson was a US Senator from 1979-1997, working on both sides of the aisle. He is also one of the founders of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association.
Lawyers from Burg Simpson are helping to lead the massive Elmiron MDL in New Jersey this year, while the firm is also representing the families of meatpackers who have not been given workers compensation after deaths due to poor COVID-19 regulations.
Offices in: Chicago, New York, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, Raleigh, and Washington DC.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Civil and Human Rights, Investor Litigation, Whistleblower Protection.
Cohen Milstein has over forty-five years of experience in multidistrict and class-action litigation, working against some of the largest corporations in the world. They have a reputation for being the trial lawyers when other firms are not willing to take the risk and are part of the current “Pro Bono Hot Lists” in The National Law Journal for cases they take on with zero fees.
Cohen Milstein recently won a large case for shareholders of Wynn Resorts, claiming damages and forcing a change in management for the casino and hotel company after claims of sexual harassment. At the same time, they won a major case for animators who were victims of a major industry conspiracy to smother wage growth, with compensation reaching up to half a billion dollars.
Cohen Milstein is currently involved in the Flint Water class action (which has a preliminary settlement figure of over $600 million) and Marriot International data security breach cases. Cohen Milstein is also looking for people who believe they may have sexual discrimination complaints against Sterling Jewelers.
10. Seeger Weiss
Offices in: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Personal Injury, Medical Cases, Environmental Law, Whistleblower Protection.
While only established in 1999, Seeger Weiss has been a part of many major cases of the twenty-first century. Growing rapidly, they’ve become one of the most sought-after firms for whistleblowers and pharmaceutical plaintiffs.
In 2018 they were a part of the massive $1.5 billion settlement with Syngenta over its aggressive commercialization of specific seed breeds. Last year they represented a whistleblower in a major cardiology Medicare fraud case, ensuring her protection and compensation for suffering.
Seegar Weiss is a part of the Elmiron MDL and has just opened a new practice specifically for environmental matters in Massachusetts. It currently has investigations open against Honda and several pesticide companies.
Offices in: New York, New Jersey, California, Michigan.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Medical Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Trafficking, and Abuse Compensation.
While making their name as asbestos litigators in the eighties, Weitz and Luxenberg have expanded over the years to cover water contamination, pesticide cases, and medical product liability. As they have grown, they have taken on some of the best young lawyers to take cases in drug cases as well as personal injury and abuse compensation.
Weitz and Luxenberg were among the litigators who helped secure the $400 million settlement from Monsanto in the recent Dicamba MDL. In 2017, it was awarded the largest single asbestos verdict in America, with the family of Marlena and Ed Robaey being awarded $75 million.
Weitz and Luxenberg is currently investigating more outstanding asbestos cases, as well as being involved in MDLs against pesticide companies and individual workers’ compensation suits.
Offices in: Florida.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Medical Litigation, Investor Litigation, Veteran Affairs.
Levin Papantonio Rafferty has been litigating on behalf of ordinary Americans since the fifties and has taken over one hundred thousand personal injury claims during that time. One of its first partners, Fred Levin, is famous for having helped changed Florida law for the state to sue the tobacco industry and becoming a boxing manager. For his services to fighting racial injustice, he was made a Chief of Ghana.
While Levin passed away from COVID in early 2021, the firm had grown over the decades to include some of the best litigators in America. In April 2021, the firm won the first case in America against 3M for their defective earplugs, with damages totaling over $7 million. More importantly, this sets an important precedent for the hundreds of other cases across the country.
Levin Papantonio Rafferty is currently investigating cases surrounding baby food contamination as well as beginning a number of claims on behalf of financial investment clients.
13. Berger Montague
Offices in: Philadelphia, Minneapolis, San Diego, Washington DC.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Product Liability, Investment Fraud, Employment Law.
Berger Montague is truly one of the biggest names in the American legal system, being part of the council in the Exxon Valdez spill trial, the school asbestos litigation, and the Three Mile Island litigation. Each time they represented the people, doing their best to see justice served and compensation fairly given.
Founded in 1970 by David Berger, the original Philadephia firm is now truly national, with four large main offices and cases around the United States. Staffed by 65 attorneys and dozens more support staff, the company has recovered more than $36 billion for its clients, almost entirely in the form of class action and commercial litigation cases. Because of their success and resources, they are often called upon by smaller firms to run as co-counsel on larger cases.
Berger Montague currently has a number of cases running in the matter of Apple AirPods condensation, Allergan breast implants, Boy Scouts abuse cases, and Capitol One data breach.
Offices in: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and overseas.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Employment Disputes, Financial Law.
A multi-national company with over a hundred and forty lawyers in over half a dozen countries, Hausfeld is a true powerhouse. Chaired by Michael Hausfeld, the company was the first to argue that sexual harassment was a form of discrimination legally and was able to successfully return millions of dollars to Holocaust victims from unwilling Swiss banks. Lead by this legend in the field, the firm commits itself to equality for all, in court and practice.
Hausfeld recently made waves by representing famous basketballer Ed O’Bannon, to ensure that athletes are duly compensated when their likeness is sold elsewhere. At the same time, the firm was leading the plaintiffs through the settlement with Equifax, ensuring compensation for all customers who had their details made public during the biggest data breach in history.
Today, they are working on literally hundreds of cases, some of which are often in the news: antitrust litigation against American Express, the environmental and medical cases against Paraquat, and the recent Zantac cases.
15. Robins Kaplan
Offices in: Bismarck, Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Silicon Valley, and Sioux Falls.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Antitrust, Patent Litigation, Personal Injury.
One of the largest and oldest litigation firms in America, over 250 lawyers work across the country under the name Robins Kaplan. Founded in 1938, the company has worked on some of the biggest cases in the world, earning among the top law firms in the country while maintaining a large pro bono practice (often putting it in the top ten firms in America for the amount given).
Robins Kaplan represented Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota in the landmark case against cigarette manufacturers that led to a $6.5 billion settlement. They have also represented the people of India against Union Carbide and a $10 million settlement for a child run over by a semi-trailer. Whether it is a country or a single person, Robins Kaplan is willing to work hard to ensure justice is served.
Today, Robins Kaplan has been appointed lead counsel against Martin Shkreli (and his companies), secured asylum for a Somali journalist, and is investigating cases against Zimmer Biomet regarding their hip replacement technology.
Offices in: Chicago, San Francisco, and Chico.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property.
Edelson is a young firm with big aspirations and a growing reputation. Jay Edelson, the CEO, is one of “tech’s least friended” men and one of the youngest lawyers to win nine-figure settlements. This young, vibrant firm, better known for its TikTok videos and rap battles, also holds the records for “largest trial verdict in a consumer privacy case ($925MM), the largest consumer privacy settlement ($650MM) and the largest TCPA settlement ($76MM).”
Recently, Edelson won $650 million from Facebook for its breach of Illinois privacy laws and is currently in the middle of a court case against Zoom for misrepresenting its encryption standards. While technological cases are its bread and butter, Edelson has also been a part of the recent sports concussion cases and helps smaller government entities file suits regarding opioid addiction cases.
17. Sauder Schelkopf
Offices in: Pennsylvania.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Medical Negligence, Victims Advocacy, Sexual Abuse Compensation.
Sauder Schelkopf is a relatively new firm, though its founders have decades of experience as litigators and prosecutors. The small team of dedicated lawyers have played major roles in the class-action cases that have succeeded in recent years.
Sauder Schelkopf has had several large class action wins, including a $45 million settlement against NIBCO for its plumbing defects. However, its main focus has been helping victims of abuse. Sauder Schelkopf is the lead counsel for cases against the Catholic Dioceses in Pennsylvania and co-counsel in the ongoing cases at Michigan University.
They are also seeking any patients who may wish to be included in an ongoing case regarding breast implants.
18. Anapol Weiss
Offices in: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Arizona.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Medical Litigation, Personal Injury.
Thomas Anapol has been a litigator for over thirty years and is a past president for the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. An expert in medical device litigation, he routinely teaches in several law schools across the state. Sol Weiss has been practicing for decades longer and was a lead plaintiff in the recent NFL concussion injury litigation. Together they have created a team of highly-skill lawyers to help individuals find justice against the big players.
Anapol Weiss played a major role in the $5 billion Viox settlement as the lawyers for the plaintiffs. Before this, they have been a part of six other $100 million-plus settlements against other drug companies, including Pfizer, Bayer, and Janssen. They are currently working with co-counsels on the Zantac-contamination cases that are currently running.
19. Andrus Anderson
Offices in: San Francisco.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Employee Rights, Equal Pay, Consumer Protection.
Less than a decade old, Andrus Anderson is already discussed as the “litigators you don’t want to face.” Featured by The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, this firm has a special passion for taking cases against companies engaging in discrimination and unequal pay practices.
Andrus Anderson is currently representing a group of women who are taking Disney to court over lower pay than their male counterparts. Among these women is the current Director for Hollywood Records. Andrus Anderson also represents Melissa Martins, the professional cheerleader who is suing for concussion protocol violations.
Andrus Anderson is currently interested in hearing from Amazon workers who have experienced dangerous conditions in their fulfillment centers.
Offices in: Washington DC.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Product Liability, Medical Malpractice.
Unlike many of the other firms in this list, Aaron Levine has built a practice of being a highly successful trial lawyer exclusively devoted to women’s health issues. With over fifty years of experience defending the injured, this family firm offers a personal passion that many of the other great lawyers can’t offer. As well as lawyers, they have their own family practice physician who can help you with issues other firms have no interest in.
Levine has had several wins in Zyprexa and Lasik cases and is currently involved in transvaginal mesh lawsuits across the country.
21. Morgan & Morgan
Offices in: Every state.
Practice Areas: Class Action, Personal Injury, Insurance Litigation, Employment Law.
One of the largest legal firms in the country, this family-run firm now has over 700 lawyers and over 3000 staff across the country. While large, it maintains an ethos of working for “the little guy.” Morgan & Morgan opened in 1970, working primarily on personal injury cases. While these cases still make up the bulk of the work Morgan & Morgan do, they have a large class-action department.
Morgan & Morgan relies on being a network of local lawyers, so if a particular lawyer is better suited to you, they can help arrange consultations. However, it is important to note that sometimes the firm’s name is used as a franchise, so you should research the specific lawyer you consult with.
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