Kristen Law Sagafi is a 2002 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she served as articles editor for Ecology Law Quarterly and a student law clerk to the Hopi Appellate Court in Keams Canyon, Arizona. After graduating from law school, Ms. Sagafi joined the San Francisco office of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, one of the nation’s premier class action firms, where she represented plaintiffs’ in consumer fraud and defective products cases for more than a decade. During her tenure at Lieff Cabraser, Ms. Sagafi gained local and national recognition for her results on behalf of her consumer clients.
For example, in 2007, Ms. Sagafi and her colleagues at Lieff Cabraser were included in The National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List for their outstanding success in Grays Harbor Adventist Christian School v. Carrier Corp. The case resulted in a settlement worth $300 million for consumers who had purchased certain Carrier furnaces that were allegedly made with inferior materials that caused them to fail prematurely. Ms. Sagafi and her team were also selected as finalists for the Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year award in 2014 for their ground-breaking case against California’s most powerful hospital chain, Sutter Health, for overcharges related to anesthesia services. The case resulted in a record $46 million penalty and industry-wide review of anesthesia billing.
Ms. Sagafi was recognized as a “Rising Star for Northern California” by Super Lawyers every year between 2009 and 2014, and has been named as a “Super Lawyer” each year since 2015. In 2012, she was identified as one of 50 California lawyers “On the Fast Track” by The Recorder. In addition, The San Francisco Business Times named Ms. Sagafi as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area for 2014.
Ms. Sagafi focuses her practice on consumer fraud cases, including matters involving false advertising and unfair competition. In 2014, Ms. Sagafi drafted and advanced a bill to strengthen the protections afforded to consumers under California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act, an effort that included presenting testimony to the California State Senate Judiciary Committee.
Beyond her consumer protection practice, Ms. Sagafi brings her legal expertise to a number of volunteer activities. She has received more than 40 hours of accredited mediation training and has served as a volunteer mediator at Contra Costa Superior Court, successfully mediating small claims and landlord-tenant cases.
In addition, Ms. Sagafi is a regular guest lecturer on class action law at UC Berkeley, and has lectured on law firm management at UC Hastings. She has served as a moot court coach for Thurgood Marshall High School, and since 2010, she has been co-chair of the Berkeley Consumer Law Alumni Group.
From 2012-2015, Ms. Sagafi sat on the Board of the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, which advances fairness and equality by providing pro bono legal services to low-income people and educational programs that foster diversity in the legal profession. Ms. Sagafi has also served on the Board of Governors of California Women Lawyers, where she was a member of the executive committee and co-chair of the membership committee. Ms. Sagafi is a past President of the Board of Directors of About-Face, a San Francisco nonprofit dedicated to equipping girls and young women with the tools to resist negative messages in the media, particularly as they relate to beauty and body image.
When she is not pursuing her legal interests, Ms. Sagafi enjoys exploring Northern California with her husband and young son.