SAN FRANCISCO–LAWFUEL – Lawyer News, Law Jobs –California Lawyer magazine has named Kelly M. Dermody, partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, a California Attorney of the Year for 2007. The magazine awarded Ms. Dermody the prestigious CLAY (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year) Award for her outstanding achievements in the category of litigation.
Ms. Dermody received the recognition for her representation of hundreds of thousands of uninsured patients who alleged that Sutter Health charged them excessive and unfair prices for medical treatment and engaged in aggressive and unfair collections practices. As a result of plaintiffs’ litigation against Sutter Health, the hospital chain entered into a precedent-setting and comprehensive settlement that provided substantial monetary relief for all uninsured patient class members and required all of Sutter’s 23 hospital affiliates to lower their prices for all uninsured patients going forward.
“After a heated legal battle,” the California Lawyer stated, “the Sacramento-based hospital chain agreed in August  to make available $276 million in refunds or deductions to qualified Sutter patients. It also agreed to maintain more compassionate collections for uninsured patients who fall behind in their payments and to continue providing free or greatly discounted care to low-income patients.”
Ms. Dermody is one of 43 attorneys in 17 areas of legal practice that received CLAY awards for their extraordinary achievements in 2006. The lawyers selected as Attorneys of the Year, as noted by the California Lawyer, “changed the law, substantially influenced public policy or the profession, or achieved a remarkable victory for a client or for the public.”
In addition to her case work, Ms. Dermody is a committed attorney in the legal community. Her many leadership roles include membership on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco and Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Committee on Equal Opportunity in the Legal Profession. Ms. Dermody recently finished a two-year term as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and prior to that she served as Co-Chair of the Board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.
About Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, has a comprehensive and diverse practice that is unique among law firms that represent only plaintiffs. The firm’s cases typically involve dangerous or defective products, securities and investment fraud, consumer fraud and false advertising, employment discrimination and unlawful employment practices, aviation disasters, environmental damage and toxic exposures, antitrust and ERISA violations, and the abuse of human and civil rights.
Lieff Cabraser is among the largest law firms in the United States that represents only plaintiffs. Described by The American Lawyer as “one of the nation’s premiere plaintiffs firms,” Lieff Cabraser enjoys a national reputation for professional integrity and the efficient and responsible prosecution of its clients’ claims. Since 2003, The National Law Journal has selected Lieff Cabraser as one of the top plaintiffs’ law firms in the nation. Lieff Cabraser is one of only three plaintiffs’ law firms in the United States to receive this honor for the last four consecutive years.
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