Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser's San Francisco office and Chair of the firm's nationwide Employment practice group, Kelly M. Dermody specializes in class and collective actions on behalf of plaintiffs in employment and consumer cases. She supervises many of the most significant and challenging employment class action lawsuits in the U.S. today, including complaints brought by female and minority professionals alleging gender and race discrimination by top Wall Street and Silicon Valley firms, wage suppression claims against technology companies, overtime pay lawsuits against nationally prominent corporations, and ERISA claims that she has tried on behalf of employees and retirees over pension plan abuses. She is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law, and was recently named to the Attorney Client Privilege Task Force of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation.
Kelly is a member of the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Governing Council, and previously served as Co-chair of the ABA LELS Annual Section Conference, Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession, and EEO Committee. She currently serves on the Legal Committee of the ACLU of Northern California.
In 2016, The Recorder honored Kelly with their "Giant Slayer" award for her work on In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation. Kelly and her team took on Google, Apple, Intel, and other tech giants in a class action for allegedly conspiring to suppress the mobility and compensation of their technical employees. This landmark case resulted in an aggregate settlement of $435 million, the largest recovery (by far) of any class action asserting antitrust claims in an employment context.
Kelly is committed to significant and ongoing pro bono work. In September 2017, she successfully argued the appeal in a domestic violence restraining order case, establishing a new California precedent enabling victims of cyberthreats to get restraining orders against out-of-state perpetrators. Kelly also guided amicus briefs on behalf of 56 cities and counties in support of recent litigation seeking to halt President Trump's Executive Orders threatening the withdrawal of federal funds from so-called "sanctuary jurisdictions." In December 2017, she received a Certificate of Merit from the Bar Association of San Francisco for the January 2017 symposium she conceived and led called "How to be a Good Ally," attended by 1,200 lawyers. The symposium united scores of California and national non-profit organizations with the legal community in an effort to assist vulnerable populations throughout the state and beyond.
Last updated: July 2018