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Aelish Marie Baig is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s San Francisco office. She specializes in federal securities and consumer class actions. She focuses primarily on securities fraud litigation on behalf of individual and institutional investors, including state and municipal pension funds, Taft-Hartley funds, and private retirement and investment funds. Aelish has litigated a number of cases through jury trial, resulting in multi-million dollar awards and settlements for her clients, and has prosecuted securities fraud, consumer, and derivative actions obtaining millions of dollars in recoveries against corporations such as Wells Fargo, Verizon, Celera, Pall, and Prudential.
Aelish, along with co-counsel and a team of Robbins Geller attorneys, is currently leading the effort on behalf of cities and counties around the country in In re National Prescription Opiate Litigation. Earlier this year, Aelish served as co-trial counsel in a federal bench trial in San Francisco in a case that had been selected as a bellwether in the multi-district litigation. The team achieved combined settlements of nearly $70 million for San Francisco and more than $5 billion nationally from multiple pharmaceutical companies who were defendants in the case. The Honorable Charles R. Breyer of the Northern District of California ruled that Walgreens, the only defendant remaining in the case, was liable for its role in the opioid crisis in San Francisco. A damages trial for Walgreens will be held at a later date.
Aelish has also been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re Juul Labs, Inc., Marketing Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation, currently pending before the Honorable William H. Orrick in the Northern District of California. She serves on the expert and trial committees and represents, among others, one of the trial bellwethers. Aelish and her team have recently completed discovery and are currently preparing for expert reports and trial. She has also been appointed by the Honorable Charles R. Breyer in the Northern District of California to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re McKinsey & Co., Inc. National Prescription Opiate Consultant Litigation.
Additionally, Aelish prosecuted an action against Wells Fargo’s directors and officers accusing the giant of engaging in the robosigning of foreclosure papers so as to mass-process home foreclosures, a practice which contributed significantly to the 2008-2009 financial crisis. The resulting settlement was worth more than $67 million in cash, corporate preventative measures, and new lending initiatives for residents of cities devastated by Wells Fargo’s alleged unlawful foreclosure practices.
Aelish and a team of Robbins Geller attorneys recently obtained a $62.5 million settlement in Villella v. Chemical and Mining Company of Chile Inc., a securities class action against a Chilean mining company. The case alleged that Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (“SQM”) violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by issuing materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s failure to disclose that money from SQM was channeled illegally to electoral campaigns for Chilean politicians and political parties as far back as 2009. SQM had also filed millions of dollars’ worth of fictitious tax receipts with Chilean authorities in order to conceal bribery payments from at least 2009 through fiscal 2014. Due to the company being based out of Chile and subject to Chilean law and rules, Aelish and the Robbins Geller litigation team put together a multilingual litigation team with Chilean expertise.
Aelish was also part of the litigation and trial team in White v. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, which resulted in a $25 million settlement and Verizon’s agreement to an injunction restricting its ability to impose early termination fees in future subscriber agreements. She was also part of the team that prosecuted dozens of stock option backdating actions, securing tens of millions of dollars in cash recoveries as well as the implementation of comprehensive corporate governance enhancements for numerous companies victimized by their directors’ and officers’ fraudulent stock option backdating practices. Additionally, Aelish prosecuted an action against Prudential Insurance for its alleged failure to pay life insurance benefits to beneficiaries of policyholders it knew or had reason to know had died, resulting in a settlement in excess of $30 million.
Aelish has been named a Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazer and a Litigation Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, a 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer, Leading Lawyer in America, and Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer by Lawdragon, a California Trailblazer by The Recorder, and a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. She has also been named to the Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch list and the Northern California Ones to Watch list by Best Lawyers®. She joined the Firm in 2004 after having previously practiced with Lawless & Lawless in the area of employment discrimination where she litigated and tried numerous cases to successful outcomes.
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.
- Best Lawyer in America: One to Watch, Best Lawyers®, 2021-2023
- Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer, Lawdragon, 2019-2022
- 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer, Lawdragon, 2022
- Leading Lawyer in America, Lawdragon, 2020-2022
- Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2021
- 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
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
- 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
- September 16, 2022
- “‘Rapid-Fire Five-Dimensional Chess’”: Partner Aelish Baig Discusses Recent “Landmark Victory” with Law360September 2, 2022
- August 18, 2022
- August 12, 2022
- August 11, 2022
- July 27, 2022
- Robbins Geller Wins Litigation Firm of the Year: Class Action at The National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers AwardsJuly 19, 2022
- On the Eve of Closing Arguments in Opioid Trial, Robbins Geller and Co-Counsel Strike Historic $58 Million Settlement for the City and County of San FranciscoJuly 13, 2022
- “Catastrophic” – San Francisco Public Health Department Doctor Describes the City’s Struggle with the Opioid CrisisMay 11, 2022
- “Their Ultimate Concern Was to Drive Sales”: Partner Aelish Baig and Co-Counsel Present Case Against Pharmaceutical CompaniesApril 27, 2022
- April 26, 2022
- August 19, 2021
- Paul Geller and Leadership Committee Honored as “Litigators of the Week” Upon Announcement of Historic $26 Billion Settlement in Opioid LitigationJuly 23, 2021
- Robbins Geller Partners Aelish Baig and Jessica Shinnefield Recognized as “Born Leaders” and Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazers by The National Law JournalMay 4, 2021
- January 28, 2021
- December 22, 2020
- Our Very Own Paul Geller (with his loyal sidekick Gary) Front and Center in Lawdragon’s “Leading Lawyers” Fifteenth Anniversary IssueDecember 18, 2020
- Robbins Geller Attorneys Named as 2021 Southern California Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers by Best Lawyers®November 16, 2020
- October 22, 2020
- August 25, 2020
- 6 Robbins Geller Female Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch List and 11 Attorneys Recognized as Best LawyersAugust 20, 2020
- June 15, 2020
- January 24, 2020
- September 24, 2019
- June 30, 2019
- February 13, 2019
- October 8, 2018
- A Country Under Siege: Robbins Geller Continues to Lead the Fight Against the Nationwide Opioid CrisisAugust 10, 2018
- May 9, 2018
- May 4, 2018
- Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Represents Delray Beach in Opioid Epidemic Lawsuit, the First Filing in Federal Court by a Municipality in FloridaDecember 21, 2017
- December 14, 2017
- Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and the Miller Law Firm, P.C. File Lawsuit Against Drug Companies Behind Michigan’s Opioid EpidemicOctober 20, 2017
- July 19, 2017
- September 2, 2014
- Board Member, Legal Aid at Work