JENNIE LEE ANDERSON has extensive experience representing plaintiffs in employment, antitrust and consumer protection cases, both on an individual and class wide basis. Ms. Anderson has been a fierce advocate for employees and consumers her entire career.
In the employment context, she has vigorously pursued cases on behalf of employees who have been discriminated against in the workplace, including class actions to demand equal pay or nondiscriminatory hiring practices and individual sexual harassment cases. Ms. Anderson also represents employees who have been denied overtime or otherwise not paid the wages lawfully owed to them. Among other cases, she currently represents a class of former Hewlett Packard employees who allege they were discriminated against because of their age. The firm represents employees of all levels of skill and pay—from modest hourly-wage earners to skilled professionals, including lawyers, high-tech professionals and nurses—seeking justice in the workplace for all.
Ms. Anderson is also a champion of consumer rights. Over the course of her career, Ms. Anderson has been appointed lead or liaison counsel in multiple state or nationwide class actions, including Ralston v. Mortgage Investors Group and Countrywide Home Loans, a case that resulted in a settlement of over $100 million for borrowers, Fox v. Nissan North America Inc., In re Social Media Adolescent Addiction Litigation and In re Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation. She is also active in seeking justice for those harmed by dangerous and harmful drugs, and currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Proton Pump Inhibitor Product Liability Litigation, and represents nearly a dozen cities and counties, including the City and County of San Francisco in the In re National Prescription Opiate Litigation. Ms. Anderson has led litigation against some of the largest corporations in the world to vindicate the rights of consumers.
A recognized expert in complex litigation, Ms. Anderson is a frequent lecturer and author on topics such as complex civil procedure, discovery, class action settlements, attorneys’ fees, and consumer, discrimination and antitrust law. Ms. Anderson has participated in multiple invitation-only conferences relating to case management and proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and has testified before the Rules Advisory Committee regarding proposed changes. She has served on the faculty of the Federal Judicial Center’s MDL Transferee Judges’ Conference and at the Pound Civil Justice Institute’s Judges Forum. Ms. Anderson has been honored with multiple professional awards and nominations for her work, and has been consecutively named a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2011-2022 for attaining the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. She has also been recognized by the LawDragon Guide as one of the top 500 consumer lawyers and top 500 plaintiffs’ employment lawyers in the U.S., and as a Top 100 High Stakes Litigator in Northern California.
Ms. Anderson’s service to her clients and the Bar reaches beyond the courtroom. Ms. Anderson is on the Board of Legal Aid at Work and on the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”) Board of Governors. She chairs the AAJ’s Sections and Litigation Group Coordinating Committee, and has previously chaired that organization’s Class Action Litigation Group, Business Torts Section, Antitrust Litigation Group, and Legal Affairs Committee. She is also a Past President of the National Civil Justice Institute, a think tank dedicated to the preservation of the civil justice system. Ms. Anderson is an an active member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, Western Trial Lawyers Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Public Justice Foundation, and the American Bar Association.
Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Ms. Anderson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. In law school, Ms. Anderson served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins in the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division, and was a legal intern with Legal Aid of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, during which time she authored a paper on the treatment of juveniles in the developing Cambodian legal system.
Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Anderson joined the law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, where she represented plaintiffs in a variety of class and representative cases regarding employment, product liability and antitrust matters. She went on to practice with the law firm currently known as Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP prosecuting both securities and consumer protection class actions. Ms. Anderson also has considerable knowledge of habeas corpus proceedings, having represented indigent inmates on California’s death row at the highly regarded Habeas Corpus Resource Center.