Eve H. Cervantez

(415) 421-7151 ext. 353

B.A., Washington University
J.D., Harvard Law School

Hon. Charles A. Legge, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Eve’s practice consists primarily of representing workers and consumers in class action lawsuits, with a particular emphasis on civil rights, employment discrimination, wage and hour, and privacy cases. She also represents individual professors in tenure matters.

Eve is currently on the Senior Editorial Board of The Fair Labor Standards Act and is a chapter author and contributor to Wage and Hour Laws, a State-by-State Survey. She also lectures regularly on wage and hour, employment discrimination, and class action law. Eve is proud to serve on the Board of Equal Rights Advocates, where she chairs its Litigation Committee and serves on the Luncheon Committee. Eve previously worked as a staff attorney at the Prison Law Office representing inmates challenging unconstitutional conditions of confinement and was a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, where she represented plaintiffs in class action employment and consumer lawsuits. She was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Eve was honored as a 2018 “California Lawyer of the Year” for her work on consumer privacy as co-lead counsel in the In re Anthem Data Breach litigation. Eve has been selected to Northern California Super Lawyers every year since 2010, has been named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California, and is a “Leading Lawyer” listed in The Legal 500 United States.

In her spare time, Eve enjoys watching her four sons play baseball, football, basketball, and soccer, and curling up with a good book.

Representative matters include:

  • Obtained settlement for comprehensive injunctive relief for women and minority workers alleging employment discrimination by a national retailer.
  • Secured multi-million dollar settlements for numerous classes of workers asserting violations of wage and hour laws, including:
    – Pizza delivery drivers deprived of proper reimbursement for miles driven;
    – Auto mechanics paid on a piece rate basis below minimum wage;
    – Bank tellers denied suitable seating.
  • Appointed by federal district court as co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel in federal multi-district litigation involving hundreds of consumer class actions alleging that Anthem, Inc. and its affiliated Blue Cross-Blue Shield companies failed to maintain the confidentiality of the personal information of approximately 80 million Americans, in one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history, and obtained $115 million settlement plus mandated improvements to Anthem’s cybersecurity practices.
  • In six-week arbitration trial, represented truck drivers who alleged that military contractor failed to pay them for all hours worked in Iraq supporting the U.S. military.
    Obtained $1.3 million arbitration award for security guards who were not paid for their on-duty meal periods.
  • Part of legal team that prevented state budget cuts for in-home care workers who enable disabled and elderly Medicaid beneficiaries to live safely in their own homes.
  • Represented numerous classes of workers to vindicate their workplace rights, including truck drivers misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees; fast-food workers deprived of meal and rest breaks; industrial laundry workers paid below the mandated living wage; help desk employees, insurance claims adjusters and exterminators deprived of overtime compensation; high-tech employees not paid promised bonuses; and delivery drivers subjected to a racially-discriminatory test.