Steve served as lead counsel for the largest settlement in world history against Big Tobacco, the largest antitrust settlement, the largest ERISA settlement and, at the time, the largest U.S. securities settlement in U.S. history.
Steve Berman represents consumers, investors and employees in large, complex litigation held in state and federal courts. Berman’s trial experience has earned him significant recognition and led The National Law Journal to name him one of the 100 most powerful lawyers in the nation, and to repeatedly name Hagens Berman one of the top 10 plaintiffs’ firms in the country.
Berman co-founded Hagens Berman in 1993 after his prior firm refused to represent several young children who consumed fast food contaminated with E. coli—Steve knew he had to help. In that case, Steve proved that the poisoning was the result of Jack in the Box’s cost cutting measures along with gross negligence. He was further inspired to build a firm that vociferously fought for the rights of those unable to fight for themselves. Berman’s innovative approach, tenacious conviction and impeccable track record have earned him an excellent reputation and numerous historic legal victories. He is considered one of the nation’s most successful class-action attorneys.
Steve was a high school and college soccer player and coach. Now that his daughter’s soccer skills exceed his, he is relegated to being a certified soccer referee and spends weekends being yelled at by parents and coaches. Steve is also an avid cyclist and is heavily involved in working with young riders on the USA cycling team and who are trying to transition to the pro cycling tour.
Licensed since 1980
Steve Berman has all of the intellectual and personal characteristics that have allowed him to excel at every aspect of prosecuting major, complex litigations in a variety of fields. He is a hands on manager who devotes a great deal of his personal time to making sure jobs are done well and correctly. He is not shy about taking litigation risks for causes that other others would turn their backs on. Behind every one of his many success stories is a great deal of Steve's hard work and energy.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1980||05/14/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 10 Plaintiffs’ Firms in the Country||The National Law Journal||2015|
|Finalist for the Trial Lawyer of the Year award||Public Justice||2014|
|500 Leading Lawyers in America||Lawdragon||2014|
|One of the nation's 100 most influential lawyers in America||The National Law Journal||2013|
|Top 10 Plaintiffs’ Firms in the Country||The National Law Journal||2013|
|Top 10 Plaintiffs’ Firms in the Country||The National Law Journal||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2007|
|Finalist for the Trial Lawyer of the Year award||Public Justice||2006|
|One of the nation's 100 most influential lawyers in America||The National Law Journal||2006|
|Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2006|
|Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2005|
|Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2004|
|Top Lawyers in Seattle||Seattle Magazine||2001|
|Most Powerful Lawyer in the State of Washington||The National Law Journal||2000|
|Top Litigator in the State||The National Law Journal||2000|
|One of the Nation's 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America||The National Law Journal||2000|
|Managing Partner, Seattle Office||Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP||1993 - Present|
|Faculty||Practicing Law Institute, Accountants Liability Program||1989 - Present|
|Member||King County Superior Court Juvenile Conference Committee||1985 - 1986|
|Adjunct Professor||University of Puget Sound School of Law||1984 - 1985|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Washington State Bar Association, Corporate Act Revision Committee||Member||1991 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Special District Counsel||1989 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|Seattle King County Bar Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|Seattle King County Bar Association, Federal Defender Panel||Member||1982 - 1988|
|Chicago Council of Lawyers||Member||1980 - 1982|
|Unknown||Witness Evidence — Truth or Answer.” Globalized Litigation: Truth or Myth?,||2006|
|Unknown||Hospitals Take Advantage of the Uninsured||N/A|
|University of Chicago Law School||Law||N/A||1980|
|University of Michigan, Ann Arbor||N/A||N/A||1976|