Rachel Geman

Rachel Geman


Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Recognized since 2012

New York, New York

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Individuals

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Employment Law - Individuals
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Working for Employees, Whistleblowers, and Consumers

Rachel Geman is dedicated to helping her clients combat complex fraud and ensure fairness and dignity in their workplaces. A partner in the New York office, she remains active in local organizations and is a CDRC-trained community mediator.

Recent matters:

  • Co-Lead Counsel in consumer privacy litigation against fintech company Plaid (2022 settlement of $58 million and robust injunctive relief)
  • Lead Counsel for whistleblowers in matter involving fraud in New York’s Indigent Care Program against the Door (2022 settlement of $12.9 million)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee member in the Valsartan contaminated drug litigation (ongoing)
  • Lead Counsel for the whistleblower in litigation against AbbVie involving the marketing of Humira (2020 settlement of $24 million)
  • Represented consumers in the GM Ignition Switch MDL economic loss litigation (2020 settlement of $121 million).
  • Co-Lead Counsel representing the City of Philadelphia in Fair Housing Act litigation against Wells Fargo(2019 settlement with the bank’s funding city programs for communities affected by lending discrimination and agreeing to other relief)
  • Exemplar earlier cases: 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; she represented employee benefit plans in recovering $65 million from AXA Rosenberg; she 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; and she cut her teeth in the False Claims Act years ago in helping to recoup $78.5 million from the University of Phoenix in one of the largest settlements involving fraud on the Department of Education.

Rachel presently is working actively with government investigators on behalf of whistleblower clients in a range of industries, including pharma, healthcare, and tech. Rachel chairs NELA-NY’s amicus committee and is a frequent writer and speaker on topics in employment and class action law, consistent with her active practice in the firm’s Employment and Civil Rights law and Consumer protection practices.

Location

  • 250 Hudson Street, Eighth Floor
    New York, NY 10013-1413

Education

  • Columbia University School of Law , J.D., graduated 1997
  • Harvard University, A.B. (Cum Laude), graduated 1993

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1998

Affiliations

  • 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 - Member
  • Public Justice Foundation - Member
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2005

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Employment Law - Individuals

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

  • Employment Law - Individuals, New York City (2019)
  • Employment Law - Individuals, New York City (2014)

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

  • Employment Law - Individuals

Awards:

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers,” Lawdragon, 2021, 2022
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2018-2022
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2022
  • Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in field of "Employment Law - Individuals," 2012 - 2022
  • "Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers," 2019
  • "Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers, Employment Law – Individuals, New York City, 2014, 2019
  • "Super Lawyer 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, October 2001

Publications

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