Annika K. Martin

Annika K. Martin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in New York, NY

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
 | 250 Hudson Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10013-1413
Phone: 212-355-9500
Fax: 212-355-9592
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2015
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Consumer Law (30%),
  • Environmental Litigation (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Swedish
Attorney Profile

Annika K. Martin is a partner in the firm’s New York office and has represented plaintiffs since 2005 in environmentalmass tortconsumer protection, and sexual abuse cases.

Annika serves as court-appointed Co-Interim Class Counsel representing women who were sexually abused by gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D., in a class action against Tyndall and the University of Southern California. Plaintiffs and class members are women who saw Tyndall at the USC Student Health Clinic during his tenure there. From 1989 through 2016, Tyndall was the only full-time gynecologist on staff at USC’s Student Health Clinic. The lawsuit alleges Tyndall used this position of trust and authority to repeatedly sexually abuse the Plaintiffs and potentially thousands of other class members, and that despite that USC received numerous complaints of Tyndall’s sexually abusive behavior, dating back to at least the year 2000, USC actively and deliberately concealed Tyndall’s sexual abuse for years, continuing to grant Tyndall unfettered sexual access to the female USC students in his care. This case is of particular importance to Annika because she herself is an alumnus of USC’s law school. On behalf of Tyndall’s victims, Annika helped negotiate a $215 million settlement with USC and Dr. Tyndall; the settlement also requires USC to make sweeping institutional changes to ensure something like this never happens again on campus. The settlement was preliminarily approved by court in June, and the settlement claims process is currently open at https://www.usctyndallsettlement.com/.

Similarly, Annika represents women who were sexually assaulted and harassed by obstetrician/gynecologist Patrick Sutton, M.D., in a class action against Sutton and Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasedena, California.

Annika also currently represents individuals and businesses in class action litigation against PG&E over losses arising out of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. In doing so, Annika draws on her previous successful environmental work, most notably in the class action litigation against BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and the other companies responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico and the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Among other significant roles, Annika was a key member of the small team that negotiated settlements that have paid out over $11.6 billion so far to compensate individuals and businesses across the Gulf Coast harmed by the Spill.

Annika represents consumers in class action lawsuits filed in federal courts in California and Georgia against Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler AG over allegations that defects in the vehicle HVAC systems lead to the growth of noxious mold that spews extremely unpleasant odors throughout the vehicles during use. The lawsuit seeks an effective permanent fix for the problem, as well as monetary damages for affected Mercedes-Benz owners and lessees. Watch a report from WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia on the Mercedes-Benz AC Mold litigation.

Annika serves as court-appointed Co-Lead counsel in In re General Motors Corp. Air Conditioning Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 2818, representing owners and lessees of certain GM trucks with allegedly defective air conditioning systems that repeatedly fail and cost thousands of dollars to repair each time.

Annika serves as court-appointed Pro Se Liaison counsel in In re New England Compounding Pharmacy Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2419, the Multidistrict Litigation arising out of the 2012 meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated medication manufactured by New England Compounding Pharmacy (NECC). Annika’s work helped result in settlements totaling $227.8 million with NECC and the hospitals and clinics that unlawfully purchased and administered contaminated medication to the victims.

Annika also represents two former students in their lawsuits against The Hotchkiss School. John Doe’s suit alleges that, during his two years at the Hotchkiss School in the 1980s, John Doe was subjected to ritual hazing of a sexual nature by older student-proctors and was raped by a male teacher who was known to the School as a pedophile who had abused numerous other male students at the School. Richard Roe’s suit alleges that, during Roe’s time as a student at the School in the 1990s, that same male teacher groomed and sexually assaulted Roe in much the same way as he had Doe.

Annika’s published works include “Stick a Toothbrush Down Your Throat: An Analysis of the Potential Liability of Pro-Eating Disorder Websites,” Texas Journal of Women & the Law, Volume 14 Issue 2, Spring 2005 and “How to Stop Worrying and Love Predictive Coding,” Trial Magazine, January 2016.

An active member of the legal community, Annika is the immediate past Chair of the Class Action Litigation Group within the American Association for Justice. Annika serves on the Steering Committee for the Sedona Conference’s Working Group 1 (Electronic Discovery Retention and Production), and co-founded the Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, an annual e-discovery conference for plaintiffs-side complex litigation practitioners. Annika speaks and writes regularly on issues of class actions, mass torts, e-discovery, and diversity in legal practice.

In 2018, Annika won a Certificate of Recognition from the American Association for Justice. The rarely-given award acknowledges AAJ members who have made important and unique contributions to the organization through membership, education, leadership, and/or fundraising to sustain and strengthen the AAJ.

Annika is fluent in Swedish and conversational in French, Spanish, and Dutch.

About Annika Martin

Admitted: 2005, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.lieffcabraser.com/attorneys/annika-k-martin/

Honors/Awards:

  • Certificate of recognition., Certificate of Recognition, American Association for Justice, 2018
  • Selection as a "Leader in the Field" by Chambers USA for Litigation: E-Discovery, Leaders in the Field - Litigation: E-Discovery, Chambers USA, 2017
  • "40 and Under Hot List,” Benchmark Litigation, 2018; Certificate of Recognition, American Association for Justice, 2018; “Super Lawyer for New York Metro,” Super Lawyers, 2018; “Leaders in the Field – Litigation: E-Discovery,” Chambers USA, 2017; “Rising Star for New York Metro,” Super Lawyers, 2013-2015; “Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services,” awarded by the State Bar of California for voluntary provision of legal services to the poor, 2005

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Association for Justice (Co-Chair, Class Action Litigation Group, 2016-2017); American Association for Justice (Steering Committee of the Public Education Committee);Barrister of the New York American Inn of Court; Emory University Law School Institute for Complex Litigation & Mass Claims (Next Generation Advisory Board Member); Georgetown Law Advanced E-Discovery Institute (Advisory Board and Planning Committee); New York City Bar Association; New York County Lawyer’s Association; New York State Bar Association; Swedish American Bar Association; The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 (Steering Committee Member)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Faculty Member, “Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program,” Duke Law School Bolch Judicial Institute, March 13-15, 2019; Speaker, “Certifying a Class on Women’s Issues – Pay Equity, Sexual Assault, and More,” Women’s Issues in Litigation Conference, Santa Monica, CA, October 25, 2018; Co-founder and Producer, “Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum; Speaker, “Proportionality: What’s Happened since the Amendments,” Minneapolis, MN, September 28, 2018; Producer & Speaker, “Getting the Most Out of Your Team,” AAJ Class Action Litigation Group CLE, Denver, CO, July 18, 2018; Speaker, “Careful What You Wish For: Protecting Data Security in Discovery,” ABA 12th Annual National Institute on E-Discovery, Chicago, IL, May 18, 2018; Speaker, “Class Certification,” HB Class Action Mastery Conference, New York, NY, May 9, 2018; Producer & Faculty Member, AAJ Effective Legal Writing Workshop, New York, NY, April 12-13, 2018; Co-Editor-in-Chief, “The Sedona Conference Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34 Primer,” 19 Sedona Conf. J. 447, March 2018; Speaker, “Lawyers as Managers,” Emory Law’s Institute for Complex Litigation & Mass Claims Leadership Conference, January 2018; Speaker, “From Terabytes to Binders: Fusing Discovery and Advocacy Strategies,” Georgetown Law’s 14th Annual Advanced eDiscovery Institute - Washington DC, November 17, 2017; Co-Editor-in-Chief & Steering Committee Liaison, “The Sedona Conference Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34 Primer,” The Sedona Conference Working Group Series, September 2017; Drafting Team Member, “The Sedona Conference Commentary on Proportionality in Electronic Discovery,” The Sedona Conference Journal, Volume 18, May 2017; Producer & Moderator, “The Future of Class Actions,” AAJ Class Action Litigation Group seminar – Nashville, TN, May 11, 2017; Producer & Speaker, “Examining Amended Rule 34,” The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Mid-Year Meeting – Minneapolis, MN, May 4-5, 2017; Speaker, “The Economic Influence and Role of the Class Representative – Ethical and Policy Issues,” Class Action Money & Ethics Conference – New York, NY, May 1, 2017; Producer & Speaker, "Diversity in Law: The Challenges and How to Overcome Them," AAJ Education webinar, March 27, 2017; Co-chair, "Staying Ahead of the eDiscovery Curve: Retooling Your Practice Under the New Federal Rules," 10th Annual Sedona Conference Institute Program on eDiscovery, March 2-3, 2017; Faculty Member, "The Sedona Conference eDiscovery Negotiation Training: Practical Cooperative Strategies," Miami, FL, February 8-9, 2017; Speaker, "Proportionality: What’s Happened since the Amendments," Western Trial Lawyers Association CLE, Steamboat Springs, CO, February 2017; "Quality In, Quality Out," Trial Magazine, January 2017; Testified before the Federal Rules Advisory Committee concerning proposed amendments to Federal Rule 23, Phoenix, AZ, January 4, 2017; Profiled in “Women of Legal Tech: From Journalism to Law”, LegalTech News – December 8, 2016; Speaker, "Closure Mechanisms,” Federal Judicial Center / Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Conference, Atlanta, GA, December 15, 2016; Speaker, "Getting Selected for Leadership – What Decisionmakers Look For and How to Overcome Common Barriers," Emory Law Insitute for Complex Litigation & Mass Claims, Atlanta, GA, December 14, 2016; Producer & Speaker, "Mitigating Explicit and Implicit Bias in Associate Recruitment and Retention," AAJ Hot Topics: Diversity in the Law, Charlotte, NC, November 30, 2016; Speaker, "The New Rules x 1 Year: Sanctions," Georgetown Law Advanced E-Discovery Institute, Washington DC, November 10-11, 2016; Faculty Member, AAJ Effective Legal Writing Workshop, Washington DC, November 3-4, 2016; Speaker, "Proportionality under the Amended FRCP 26”, Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, Minneapolis, MN, September 25, 2016; Speaker, "Proportionality: What’s Happened since the Amendments," Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, Minneapolis, MN, September 23, 2016; Moderator, "Who Will Write Your Rules—Your State Court or the Federal Judiciary?," Pound Civil Justice Institute Forum for State Appellate Court Judges, Los Angeles, CA, July 23, 2016; Producer, Moderator & Speaker, "Dissecting the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins," American Association for Justice webinar, May 26, 2016; Moderator & Speaker, "Consumer Class Actions," HB Litigation Conference, San Juan, PR, May 4, 2016; Faculty Member, The Sedona Conference eDiscovery Negotiation Training: Practical Cooperative Strategies, Washington, DC, March 1-2, 2016; Producer & Speaker, "The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," New York, NY, February 9, 2016; "How to Stop Worrying and Love Predictive Coding," Trial Magazine, January 2016; Speaker, "How Will New Rule 26(b)(1) on Proportionality Impact Search and the Use of Search Technology?," Innovation in E-Discovery Conference, New York, NY, December 9, 2015; Speaker, "New Forms of Communication,” Innovation in E-Discovery Conference, New York, NY, December 9, 2015; Speaker, "2015 Amendments to Federal Civil Rules," Tennessee Bar Association CLE, Nashville, TN, December 2, 2015; "Discovery Proportionality Guidelines and Practices,” 99 Judicature, no. 3, Winter 2015, at 47–60 (Complex Litigation Drafting Team Leader); Speaker, "Check Your Sources: Understanding the Technical Aspects of Data Collection”, Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute, Washington, DC, November 19, 2015; Speaker, "The Contentious Battle over Search Protocols in e-Discovery”, Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists webinar, October 8, 2015; Speaker, "Proportionality in Preservation and Discovery," The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Mid-Year Meeting, Dallas, TX, April 30, 2015; Speaker, "Ethical Challenges in eDiscovery: Representing Clients Responsibly," The Sedona Conference Institute, Nashville, TN, March 20, 2015; Speaker, "Issue Classes under Rule 23," Western Trial Lawyers Association CLE, Squaw Valley, NV, February 2015; Speaker, "Issue Classes under Rule 23," American Association for Justice Winter Convention, Palm Desert, CA, February 24, 2015; "An Introduction to Issue Classes under Rule 23(c)(4),” American Association for Justice Winter Convention published materials, February 2015; Speaker, "Shifting and Sharing the Costs of Preservation and Discovery: How, When, and Why," Bloomberg BNA webinar, November 18, 2014; Speaker, "Application of Proportionality in Preservation and Discovery,” The Sedona Conference All Voices Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 5, 2014; Speaker, "A Tour of TAR (Technology-Assisted Review),” The Sedona Conference All Voices Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 7, 2014; Speaker, "Data Privacy and Security Are Front and Center in Litigation News – Substantive Claims and eDiscovery Issues Abound,” Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute, Tysons Corner, VA, November 21, 2014; Interviewed re class action litigation regarding defective products on China Central Television for China’s national “Consumer Protection Week” feature programming – CCTV, March 15, 2014; Organizer & Speaker, "Introduction to TAR,” Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein CLE, New York, NY, August 18, 2014; Speaker, "Motions to Strike Class Allegations Using 'Predominance',” Strafford webinar, August 6, 2014; “Wit and Wisdom,” Trial Magazine, Volume 49, No. 12, December 2013;Speaker, "Status of Subsistence Claims in BP Oil Spill Settlement," American Association for Justice Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, July 2013; "Stick a Toothbrush Down Your Throat: An Analysis of the Potential Liability of Pro-Eating Disorder Websites," Texas Journal of Women & the Law, Volume 14 Issue 2, Spring 2005; "The Gift of Legal Vision," USC Law, Spring 2003; "Welcome to Law School," monthly column on www.vault.com, 2001 - 2004.
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