Kelly M. Dermody

Kelly M. Dermody


Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Recognized since 2010

San Francisco, California

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Individuals

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
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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 is Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, and a member of the ABA’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council. Kelly specializes in civil rights and employment class and collective actions on behalf of plaintiffs, and individual cases addressing sexual abuse, harassment, and trafficking. Kelly is a nationally-recognized advocate in the areas of pay equity, #metoo, and diversity and inclusion. She has prosecuted numerous cases challenging unfair hiring, promotion, compensation, and performance systems.

The Daily Journal 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. 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 “Giant Slayer” award for her litigation work. She is a Board member of the Equal Justice Society, a national non-profit focused on transforming the nation’s consciousness on race and racial equity.

Location

  • 275 Battery Street, 29th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., graduated 1993
  • Harvard University, A.B. (Magna Cum Laude), graduated 1990

Bar Admissions

  • California, The State Bar of California

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section - Governing Council, 2009-present; Current Chair; Chair-Elect, 2020-2021; 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) - Member
  • 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 - Member
  • 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 - Steering Committee, 2007
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers - Fellow, 2015
  • Consumer Attorneys of California - Member
  • 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 - Member
  • Northern District of California Historical Society - Board of Directors (2015-Present)
  • Northern District of California Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference - Member, 2007-2010
  • Pride Law Fund - Board of Directors, 1995 - 2002; Secretary, 1995 - 1997; Chairperson, 1997 - 2002
  • Public Justice Foundation - Member
  • State Bar of California - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2007

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Labor and Employment, San Francisco (2023)
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment, San Francisco (2020)
  • Employment Law - Individuals, San Francisco (2018)
  • Employment Law - Individuals, San Francisco (2014)
  • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, San Francisco (2013)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Special Focus

  • Employment
  • Individuals

Awards:

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • “Top 50 Women Northern California Super Lawyers,” Super Lawyers, 2007-2022
  • “Northern California Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers, 2004-2022
  • “Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers,” Super Lawyers, 2007, 2009-2022
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2018-2022
  • “Top Plaintiff Lawyers,” California Daily Journal, 2022
  • Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in fields of “Employment Law-Individuals” and “Litigation-Labor and Employment,” 2010-2022
  • “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2010-2017, 2019-2022
  • "Class Action MVP of the Year," Law360, 2021
  • “Top 250 Women in Litigation,” Benchmark Litigation, 2016-2020
  • “Legends of the 500,” Lawdragon, 2019
  • “Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award,” American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, 2019
  • “Employment Law Trailblazer, National Law Journal, 2019
  • “Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers, recognized in the category of Employment Law-Individuals for San Francisco, 2014, 2018
  • “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers,” Daily Journal, 2018-2019
  • “California Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2017
  • "Giant Slayer," The Recorder, 2016
  • “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
  • Distinguished 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

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