Rachel Geman

Rachel Geman

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: 2013 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011
Licensed Since: 1998
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Consumer Law (20%)
Attorney Profile

Working for Employees, Whistleblowers, and Consumers

A partner in our New York office, Rachel Geman presently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee of the Valsartan NDMA Products Liability Litigation (contaminated drugs); is Co-Lead Counsel for Relator in litigation involving kickbacks in the sale of AbbVie’s drug HUMIRA; represents large municipalities in civil rights litigation; and has filed under seal matters on behalf of whistleblower clients in a number of industries. Rachel is on the team representing a certified class of women in employment discrimination litigation against Goldman Sachs.

Examples of Rachel’s past successes include:

Employment law: Rachel 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 discrimination claims.

Consumer protection: Rachel served as 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. Earlier in her career, Rachel worked on multiple predatory lending and servicing cases on behalf of borrowers, including cases against Ameriquest, Ocwen, Fairbanks, and other lenders.

False Claims Act: Rachel helped recoup $78.5 million from the University of Phoenix for the Government, one of the largest settlements involving fraud on the Department of Education, and she has been lead counsel on recent settlements of off-label marketing and kickback cases.

To stay fresh on different perspectives and evolving issues in complex fraud, Rachel maintains a credential as a Certified Fraud Examiner. She also chairs NELA-NY’s amicus committee, and is active in her children’s local school.

About Rachel Geman

Admitted: 1998, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.lieffcabraser.com/attorneys/rachel-geman/

Honors/Awards:

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell; Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in field of "Employment Law - Individuals," 2012-2020; "Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers, Employment Law - Individuals, New York City, 2014-2019; "Super Lawyers for New York Metro," Super Lawyers, 2011, 2013-2018; legal 500 recommended lawyer, LegalEase, 2013; "Rising Star for new York Metro," Super Lawyers, 2011; Distinguished Honor Award, United States Department of State, 2001

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Standing Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, Member, Past Employee Co-Chair (2009-2011); National Employment Lawyers' Association - New York Chapter, Chair of Amicus Committee (2017); Past Board Member (2005-2011); National Employment Lawyers' Association - National; Public Justice Foundation; Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, “Consumer Class Actions & Classwide Damage Models,” Strafford Webinar, May 2019; Speaker, “Statistics in Employment and FCA Cases,” Clearlaw Webinar, January 2018; Speaker, “The Anatomy of a False Claims Act Case & How the FCA Works in a Whistleblower World,” Lawline Webinar, October 2017; Speaker, “Litigating Wage & Hour Cases: Challenges & Opportunities,” National Employment Lawyers Association Spring Conference, April 2017; Speaker, “Plaintiffs’ Perspective in Investigating and Litigating Employment Class Actions,” Lawline Webinar, December 2016; Speaker, “Pay Equity in Practice: What Works? Employee-Side Perspectives on Compensation Discrimination,” ABA-LEL Conference, November 2016; Speaker, “Bringing Your First – or Next – FHA Case,” NCLC Annual Conference, October 2016; Moderator, Government Plenary, ABA EEO Conference, March 2016; Speaker, "Latest Trends and Developments in Qui Tam Lawsuits and the Statute of Limitations," Webinar, January 2016; Speaker and Moderator, “Statistics for Lawyers - Even Those Who Hate Math,” National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, June 2015; Speaker, “Gender Pay Disparities: Enforcement, Litigation, and Remedies,” New York City Conference on Representing Employees, May 2015; Speaker, “Protecting Pay: Representing Workers With Wage and Hour Claims,” National Employment Lawyers Association, April 2015; Speaker and Author, “What Employment Lawyers Need to Know About Non-Employment Class Actions,” ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, November 2014; Moderator, “Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Issues,” National Employment Lawyers Association/New York, October 2014; Speaker, “Consumer Class Action Symposium,” National Consumer Law Center Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, November 2013; Author, “Whistleblower Under Pressure,” Trial Magazine, April 2013; Panelist, “Class Certification Strategies: Dukes in the Rear View Mirror,” Impact Fund Class Action Conference, 2013; Author and Panelist, “Who is an Employer Under the FLSA?," National Employment Lawyers Association Conference, 2013; Panelist, “Fraud and Consumer Protection: Plaintiff and Defense Strategies,” Current Issues in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation, ABA Section of Litigation, 2012; Panelist, “Drafting Class Action Complaints,” New York State Bar Association, 2011; Participant and Moderator, “Ask the EEOC: Current Insights on Enforcement and Litigation,” ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2011; Moderator, “Hot Topics in Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions,” American Association for Justice Tele-Seminar, 2010; Panelist, “Rights Without Remedies,” American Constitutional Society National Convention, Revitalizing Our Democracy: Progress and Possibilities, 2008 Co-Editor, The New York Employee Advocate, 2005 - 2009; Author and Panelist, “Class Action Considerations: Certification, Settlement, and More,” American Conference Institute Advanced Forum, 2009 The New York Employee Advocate (Co-Editor, 2005 - 2009; Regular Contributor, 2008 - Present); Author, "’Don’t I Think I Know You Already?’: Excessive Subjective Decision-Making as an Improper Tool for Hiring and Promotion," ABA Labor & Employment Section Annual Meeting, 2008; Panelist, “Getting to Know You: Use and Misuse of Selection Devices for Hiring and Promotion,” ABA Labor & Employment Section Annual Meeting, 2008; Author and Panelist, “Ethical Issues in Representing Workers in Wage & Hour Actions,” Representing Workers in Individuals & Collective Actions under the FLSA, 2007; Author and Panelist, “Evidence and Jury Instructions in FLSA Actions,” Georgetown Law Center/ACL-ABA, 2007; Author and Panelist, “Crucial Events in the ‘Life’ of an FLSA Collective Action: Filing Considerations and the Two-step ‘Similarly-Situated’ Analysis,” National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, 2006 Author and Panelist, “Time is Money, Except When It’s Not: Compensable Time and the FLSA,” National Employment Lawyers Association, Impact Litigation Conference, 2005; Panelist, “Electronic Discovery,” Federal Judicial Center & Institute of Judicial Administration, Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges, 2005; “Image-Based Discrimination and the BFOQ Defense,” EEO Today: The Newsletter of the EEO Committee of the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, Vol. 9, Issue 1, 2004; “Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Exemptions: Proposed Regulatory Changes,” New York State Bar Association Labor & Employment Newsletter, 2004; Chair and Panelist, “Current Topics in Fair Labor Standards Act Litigation,” Conference, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2003; Moderator, “Workforce Without Borders,” ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, EEOC Midwinter Meeting, 2003
  • Rachel also contributes to the Lieff Cabraser civil justice blog.
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Office Location for Rachel Geman

250 Hudson Street
8th Floor
New York, NY 10013-1413

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Last Updated: 5/8/2019

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