Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Working for Employees, Whistleblowers, and Consumers
A partner in our New York office, Rachel Geman’s current practice includes serving as co-lead counsel in consumer privacy litigation against fintech company Plaid; serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in contaminated drug litigation (Valsartan); representing a certified class of women in employment discrimination litigation against Goldman Sachs; and working actively with government investigators on behalf of whistleblower clients.
Rachel’s past representations include:
Consumer protection: Rachel represented consumers in the GM Ignition Switch MDL economic loss litigation, which settled for $121 million. She was co-lead class counsel or counsel for the class in consumer financial litigation over “payment protection” products, resulting in more than $50 million in settlements. Rachel has successfully litigated and settled multiple matters on behalf of classes of home mortgage borrowers.
Employment and Civil Rights law: Rachel represented the City of Philadelphia in Fair Housing Act litigation against Wells Fargo that resolved in 2019 with the bank’s funding city programs for communities affected by lending discrimination and agreeing to other relief. She represented employee benefit plans in recovering $65 million from AXA Rosenberg to settle ERISA and other claims, and represented a class of female financial advisors who secured $39 million plus injunctive relief from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to settle gender discrimination claims.
False Claims Act: Rachel represented the whistleblower in litigation against Abbvie involving the marketing of Humira, where California received $24 million. She helped recoup $78.5 million from the University of Phoenix, one of the largest settlements involving fraud on the Department of Education, and has been lead counsel in off-label marketing matters and matters involving fraud in indigent care pool allocation that resolved favorably.Rachel chairs NELA-NY’s amicus committee and is a frequent writer and speaker on topics in complex litigation. A strong believer in keeping open and knowledgeable about different perspectives and following relevant trends in her subject matter areas, she holds a Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional credential, and earlier studied fraud examination.