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 - 2020
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’s current practice includes serving as co-lead counsel in litigation alleging kickbacks in the sale of HUMIRA; 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:

    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 paying $10 million to fund 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.

    Consumer protection: Consumer protection: Rachel represents consumers in litigation against General Motors involving defective ignition switches, where the court awarded preliminary approval to a $120 million settlement in May 2020. 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.

    False Claims Act: Rachel 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 on recent settlements of off-label marketing and kickback cases.

    Rachel chairs NELA-NY’s amicus committee and is a frequent writer and speaker on topics in complex litigation. She is active in her children’s schools, and a published puzzle constructor.

    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 Lawyer for New York Metro," Super Lawyers, 2011, 2013-2019; Recognition for outstanding service to individuals and families who sought compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund; 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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    250 Hudson Street
    8th Floor
    New York, NY 10013-1413

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