Kelly M. Dermody

Kelly M. Dermody

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
 | 275 Battery Street, 29th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-956-1000
Fax: 415-956-1008
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Consumer Law (20%)
Attorney Profile

A Leader in the Plaintiffs’ Bar for Workers and Consumers

Kelly is Managing Partner of the San Francisco office of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. She chairs the firm’s Employment Practice Group and specializes in class and collective actions on behalf of employees. Kelly is a nationally-recognized advocate in the areas of pay equity, #metoo, and diversity and inclusion, and has prosecuted numerous cases challenging unfair hiring, promotion, compensation, and performance systems.

The Daily Journal has observed that Kelly’s

values have translated into real workday value for lots of people — people who have won better job opportunities from companies like Abercrombie & Fitch, Home Depot, and Smith Barney, or monetary damages from banks that have engaged in predatory lending and servicing.”

In 2012, Kelly served as President of the Bar Association of San Francisco. She is a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Law Institute. She is a past member of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section governing Council, where she also previously served as Co-Chair of the Section’s Annual Conference, Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession, and Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. The Daily Journal has selected Kelly as one of the top 100 attorneys in California, top 75 labor and employment lawyers in California, and top 100 women litigators in California. In 2016, The Recorder awarded her the “Dragon Slayer” award for her litigation work.

Kelly has received awards from charitable and civic organizations, including the National Association of Women Judges, the Anti-Defamation League, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, California Rural Legal Assistance, Legal Momentum, Equal Rights Advocates, Centro Legal de la Raza, and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom. Kelly received a B.A. degree from Harvard University and a J.D. degree from Berkeley Law School, UC Berkeley. She clerked for the Hon. John T. Nixon, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, before joining Lieff Cabraser.

Kelly has been named as a 2019 recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

About Kelly Dermody

Admitted: 1994, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.lieffcabraser.com/attorneys/kelly-m-dermody/

Honors/Awards:

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell; “Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award,” American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, 2019; Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in fields of “Employment Law-Individuals” and “Litigation-Labor and Employment,” 2010-2019; “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2010-2017, 2019; “Employment Law Trailblazer, National Law Journal, 2019; “Super Lawyer for Northern California,” Super Lawyers, 2004-2019; “Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers, recognized in the category of Employment Law-Individuals for San Francisco, 2014, 2018; “Top 50 Women Northern California Super Lawyers,” Super Lawyers, 2007-2018; “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers,” Daily Journal, 2018; “Top 250 Women in Litigation,” Benchmark Litigation, 2016-2018; “California Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2017; “Top 100 Attorneys in California,” Daily Journal, 2012-2015; “Top 75 Labor and Employment Attorneys in California,” Daily Journal, 2011-2015; “Top California Women Lawyers,” Daily Journal, 2007, 2010, 2012-2018; “Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers,” Super Lawyers, 2007, 2009-2016Distinguished Jurisprudence Award, Anti-Defamation League, 2014; “Top 10 Northern California Super Lawyers,” Super Lawyers, 2014; “Dolores Huerta Adelita Award,” California Rural Legal Assistance, 2013; “Recommended Lawyer,” The Legal 500 (U.S. edition, 2013); “Women of Achievement Award,” Legal Momentum (formerly the NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund), 2011; “Irish Legal 100” Finalist, The Irish Voice, 2010; “Florence K. Murray Award,” National Association of Women Judges, 2010; “Lawdragon Finalist,” Lawdragon, 2007-2009; “Community Service Award,” Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, 2008; “Community Justice Award,” Centro Legal de la Raza, 2008; “Award of Merit,” Bar Association of San Francisco, 2007; “California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award,” California Lawyer, 2007; “500 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, Winter 2007; “Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist,” Public Justice Foundation, 2007; “Consumer Attorney of the Year” Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2006; “California’s Top 20 Lawyers Under 40,” Daily Journal, 2006; “Living the Dream Partner,” Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, 2005; “Top Bay Area Employment Attorney,” The Recorder, 2004

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section (Governing Council, 2009-present; Co-Chair, Section Conf., 2008-2009; Vice-Chair, Section Conf., 2007-2008; Co-Chair, Comm. on Equal Opportunity in the Legal Profession, 2006-2007); American Bar Association, Section of Litigation (Attorney Client Privilege Task Force, 2017-2018); American Law Institute, Elected Member, 2019; Bar Association of San Francisco (Board of Directors, 2005-2012; President, 2011-2012; President-Elect, 2010-2011; Treasurer, 2009-2010; Secretary, 2008-2009; Litigation Section; Executive Committee, 2002-2005); Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom; Lawyers'Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (Board of Directors, 1998-2005; Secretary, 1999-2003; Co-Chair, 2003-2005; Member, 1997-Present); Carver Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools ("HEARTS") Project (Steering Committee, 2007); College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Fellow, 2015); Consumer Attorneys of California; Equal Rights Advocates (Litigation Committee, 2000-2002); National Association of Women Judges (Independence of the Judiciary Co-Chair, 2011-2014; Resource Board, Co-Chair, 2009-2011; Member, 2005-2014); National Center for Lesbian Rights (Board of Directors, 2002-2008; Co-Chair, 2005-2006); National Employment Lawyers Association; Northern District of California Historical Society (Board of Directors, 2015-Present); Northern District of California Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (2007-2010); Pride Law Fund (Board of Directors, 1995-2002; Secretary, 1995-1997; Chairperson, 1997-2002);  Public Justice Foundation; State Bar of California.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Carver Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (Carver HEARTS), Steering Committee (2007-present); Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (Board of Directors, 1998-2005; Secretary, 1999-2003; Co-Chair, 2003-2005); National Center for Lesbian Rights (Board of Directors, 2002-2008; Co-Chair, 2005-2006); Pride Law Fund (Board of Directors, 1995-2002; Secretary, 1995-1997; Chairperson, 1997-2002); Equal Rights Advocates (Litigation Committee, 2000-2002).

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Post-Election Solidarity: Lawyering and Building Alliances Across Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Immigration Status and Practice Areas”, Lavender Law Conference, 201; "Class Actions: Latest Developments in Litigating and Settling Employment Discrimination Class Actions" American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (Mid-Year Meeting 2001); "A Road Map to Discovery in Employment Discrimination and Wage/Hour Class Actions," with James M. Finberg, Glasser Legal Works Seminar (2000); "Employment Discrimination Class Actions in the Wake of Allison v. Citgo Petroleum Corp. and Fed.R.Civ.P. 23(f)," Federal Bar Association Convention (1999); Co-Author with James Finberg, "Discovery in Employment Discrimination Class Actions,"  Litigation and Settlement of Complex Class Actions (Glasser Legal Works 1998).

Educational Background:

  • Harvard University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1990) Senior Class Ames Memorial Public Service Award
Office Location for Kelly M. Dermody

275 Battery Street
29th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

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Last Updated: 3/6/2019

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