Annika K. Martin is a partner in the firm's New York office who has represented plaintiffs since 2005 in environmental, mass tort, consumer protection, and sexual abuse cases.
She currently represents individuals and businesses in class action litigation against PG&E over losses arising out of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. In the fire cases, Annika draws on her previous successful environmental work, most notably in the class action litigation against BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and the other companies responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst oil spill in U.S. history. In addition to other significant roles, Annika was a key member of the small team that negotiated settlements that have paid out over $11.2 billion so far to compensate individuals and businesses across the Gulf Coast harmed by the Spill.
Annika represents women who allege they were sexually abused by the staff gynecologist at the University of Southern California, and also represents a former student in his abuse lawsuit against The Hotchkiss School. The suit alleges that, during his two years at the Hotchkiss School in the mid-1980s, the former student was subjected to ritual hazing of a sexual nature by older student-proctors and was raped by a male teacher known to the school as a pedophile who had abused numerous other male students at the school.
Annika represents consumers in class action lawsuits filed in federal courts in California and Georgia against Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler AG over allegations that defects in vehicle HVAC systems lead to growth of noxious mold that spews extremely unpleasant odors throughout the vehicles during use. She also serves as court-appointed Co-Lead counsel representing owners and lessees of certain GM trucks in litigation against GM over allegedly defective vehicle air conditioning systems that repeatedly fail and cost thousands of dollars to repair each time.
Annika is also a key member of Lieff Cabraser's court-appointed leadership team representing plaintiffs from all across the U.S. in the multi district litigation against GM and other defendants for the plaintiffs' physical and economic injuries caused by allegedly defective ignition switches in numerous GM vehicles. She also currently represents vehicle owners in class action litigation against Honda to recover losses caused by defective window regulators.
An active member of the legal community, Annika serves as Co-Vice Chair of the Class Action Litigation Group within the American Association for Justice. She serves on the Steering Committee for the Sedona Conference's Working Group 1 (Electronic Discovery Retention and Production), and co-founded the Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, an annual e-discovery conference for plaintiffs-side complex litigation practitioners. Annika speaks and writes regularly on issues of class actions, mass torts, e-discovery, and diversity.
Last updated: July 2018