Aelish Marie Baig

Aelish Marie Baig

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Overview

Aelish Marie Baig is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s San Francisco office and specializes in consumer and securities fraud actions. Aelish has litigated a number of cases through jury trial, resulting in multi-million and billion dollar awards and settlements for her clients. 

Aelish was one of the originators of the national opioid litigation, filing among the earliest complaints against the opioid industry defendants and working on all aspects of that litigation. In 2022, Aelish served as co-trial counsel in a federal bench trial in San Francisco in a case selected as a bellwether in the national multi-district opioid litigation. The team achieved combined settlements of over $350 million for San Francisco and contributed to securing more than $50 billion for local governments nationwide to be used for abatement of the national opioid epidemic. For her work in co-leading the trial team and securing a historic trial result against Walgreens for the City and County of San Francisco, she was honored by The National Law Journal as one of the “Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar” and she received “California Lawyer Attorney of the Year” by the Daily Journal.  

Aelish was also appointed to leadership in the Juul ($1.7 billion settlement) and McKinsey ($230 million settlement) MDL litigations. She represents numerous local and state governments and school districts across the country that have filed federal cases against opioids, McKinsey, Juul, and/or social media defendants. 

Aelish has also prosecuted securities fraud and derivative actions obtaining millions of dollars in recoveries against corporations such as Wells Fargo, Celera, Pall, and Prudential. Aelish has received numerous awards/honors, including: California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) and Leading Commercial Litigator by the Daily Journal; Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazer, Litigation Trailblazer, and Class Action/Mass Tort Litigation Trailblazer by The National Law Journal; Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer, Leading Lawyer in America, and Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer by Lawdragon; California Trailblazer by The Recorder; and Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. She has also been named on the Best Lawyers in America list, Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch list, and the Northern California Ones to Watch list by Best Lawyers®.

Aelish serves as a Board member for Legal Aid at Work, a highly respected non-profit organization committed to enforcing and strengthening the civil and employment rights of low-wage workers in California and across the country. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and her Juris Doctor degree from American University, where she was senior editor of the Administrative Law Review

Awards

  • Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer, Lawdragon, 2019-2024
  • Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer, Lawdragon, 2022-2024
  • Leading Commercial Litigator, Daily Journal, 2024
  • Leading Lawyer in America, Lawdragon, 2020-2024
  • Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers®, 2024
  • Class Action/Mass Tort Litigation Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2023
  • Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500, 2023
  • Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar, Elite Trial Lawyers, The National Law Journal, 2023
  • Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2021, 2023
  • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY), Daily Journal, 2023
  • Best Lawyer in America: One to Watch, Best Lawyers®, 2021-2023
  • Best Lawyer in Northern California: One to Watch, Best Lawyers®, 2021
  • Featured in “Lawyer Limelight” series, Lawdragon, 2020
  • Litigation Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2019
  • California Trailblazer, The Recorder, 2019
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012-2013

Practice Areas

Education

Washington College of Law at American University, J.D., 1998, cum laude

  • Senior editor of the Administrative Law Review

Brown University, B.A., 1992, International Relations

Admissions

  • California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California

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Professional Affiliations

  • Board Member, Legal Aid at Work
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