Rachel Geman is a partner in the New York office of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, with a practice dedicated to employment law and consumer protection, and to recovering money for the government lost to fraud through False Claims Act litigation – with cases typically brought by employee whistleblowers. On behalf of her clients, Rachel has filed qui tam suits involving multiple industries in multiple courts that are under investigation, and is presently involved in active litigation involving off-label and kickback claims in the pharmaceutical industry. Rachel’s current class actions are in the employment discrimination, consumer civil rights, and consumer protection areas.
Rachel’s successes include representing employee benefit plans and other investors in recovering $65 million from AXA Rosenberg relating to its handling of investments; serving as Co-Lead Class Counsel or counsel for the class in a series of cases against large banks alleging deceptive marketing and unfair practices in the sale of “payment protection” products, resulting in more than $50 million in settlements; and litigating and settling a class gender discrimination suit on behalf of female financial advisors at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch for $39 million plus programmatic relief. Rachel was on a team that litigated the largest False Claims Act case in history involving U.S. Department of Education, ultimately recouping $78.5 million from the University of Phoenix; and has litigated multiple wage and hour cases, including making up to $35 million available to employees through settlement of hard-fought wage and hour litigation against Wal-Mart in Washington State.
The thread combining Rachel’s cases is her drive for basic fairness combined with her interest in unraveling complex fraud, in her capacity both as an experienced litigator and a Certified Fraud Examiner. She has spoken and written extensively on class action, whistleblower, and employment law topics, and has taught a course she designed on international employment law as an adjunct law professor.