Michael Levin-Gesundheit

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts 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 Rising Stars: 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2013
Education: Stanford Law School
Practice Areas: Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (40%), Consumer Law (30%), Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

About Michael Levin-Gesundheit

Admitted: 2013, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.lieffcabraser.com/attorneys/michael-levin-gesund...

Honors/Awards

  • "Rising Star for Northern California," Super Lawyers, 2020 - 2021, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Pro bono/Community Service

  • I represent two unaccompanied minor children who immigrated from Central America before the Immigration Court. This year USCIS granted Special Immigrant Juvenile Status to one of my client's, providing him a pathway to legal permanent residency.
  • I represented a homeless man applying for Supplement Security Income (a form of disability benefits from the Social Security Administration). Despite a history of addiction and substance abuse, his application was granted. , 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Law Clerk to United States Court of Appeals Judge for the Ninth Circuit, Jacqueline Nguyen
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Law Clerk to United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California Garland Burrell, Jr.
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • American Bar Association: Equal Employment Opportunity Planning Committee Member

Representative Clients

  • Employees of US Bank in suit for unpaid business expenses related to service as mortgage loan officers; Pena v. U.S. Bancorp, No. 17-556646 (S.F. Superior)
  • Female technical employees of Microsoft in employment discrimination class action; Moussouris v. Microsoft, 15-cv-1483 (W.D. Wash.)
  • The Charles Schwab Corporation in suits against other financial institutions regarding mortgage-backed securities in San Francisco Superior Court's complex department
  • Female employees of Sandia National Laboratories in employment discrimination class action; Kennicott v. Sandia Corp., 17-cv-188 (D.N.M.)
  • Female associates and Vice Presidents at Goldman Sachs in employment discrimination class action; Chen-Oster v. Goldman, Sachs & Co., 10-cv-6950 (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Female employees of KPMG LLP in employment discrimination class action Kassman v. KPMG LLP, 11-cv-3743 (S.D.N.Y.)

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Strauch et al v. Computer Sciences Corp., 14-cv-956 (D. Conn.): Plaintiffs' trial verdict in wage-and-hour class action on behalf of technical support staff for misclassification in 2017; $18.76 million judgment (ECF No. 515) as of August 12, 2019  

Educational Background

  • Stanford Law School: Managing Editor, Stanford Law & Policy Review; Environmental Law Clinic; Citizenship Pro Bono; Gerald Gunther Prize in Intellectual Property, 2013
  • Harvard University: magna cum laude graduate , 2008

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Worked in team obtaining class certification of employment discrimination claims on behalf of female employees suing Goldman Sachs after nearly 7 years of litigation.  This was the only employment discrimination class certification victory in the entire country in 2018. See Chen-Oster v. Goldman, Sachs & Co., 10-cv-6950, ECF No. 578 (Mar. 30, 2018)., 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • California Class Actions and Coordinated Proceedings covers the requirements, tactics, and forms in practical detail for use in class action litigation in California state courts. Authored by leading class-action litigation firm Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, California Class Actions and Coordinated Proceedings offers comprehensive analysis on all aspects of California class action practice. This invaluable guide provides pertinent comparisons to federal class action practice, detailed discussion of California Rules of Court for class action litigation, and much more. In addition, Practice Tips give tested guidance to real-world litigation issues. In this Second Edition, California Class Actions and Coordinated Proceedings specifically addresses California class action practice in the post-CAFA environment with emphasis on state-court causes of action and procedures and coordinated proceedings., Contributor, California Class Actions and Coordinated Proceedings, LexisNexis, Class Action Practitioners, 2019

Industry Groups

  • Consumers
  • Employees
  • Public Entities
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Office Location for Michael Levin-Gesundheit

275 Battery Street
29th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Last Updated: 7/14/2021

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