Mr. Somers also has substantial experience in false advertising and unfair competition matters. Mr. Somers recently was lead counsel in a greenwashing case against a company making false environmental claims about disposable plastic bags. He has also represented a group of plaintiffs in a case against major inkjet printer manufacturers regarding false and misleading print speed representations. Mr. Somers was Liaison Counsel in a complex coordinated proceeding alleging violations of the Truth In Lending Act by California automobile dealers that resulted in industry wide changes in advertising practices. In a class action case alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act against Chase Bank, Mr. Somers negotiated a significant class settlement.
Mr. Somers founded the Lexington Law Group in 1996 and is a principal of the firm. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Prop. 65 Clearinghouse. In 2014 he was selected as a California SuperLawyers. When not working, Mr. Somers enjoys spending time with his wife and children, skiing down large mountains and playing golf.
Mr. Todzo has served as class counsel in numerous class action lawsuits as well as liaison counsel in complex coordinated actions. He was lead counsel in a case that resulted in the removal of over 500,000 pounds of lead per year from California roadways and is currently representing classes of individuals in a variety of different cases including a class of Blue Shield subscribers seeking to recover increased healthcare payments required in breach of the health plan and a class of Comcast subscribers who were blocked from using peer-to-peer file sharing programs in breach of their contracts.
Mr. Todzo joined the Lexington Law Group in 1998 and is a principal of the firm. Mr. Todzo received his law degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1993 and received a A.B. from Duke University in 1986. In addition to the practice of law, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and coaching his sons’ basketball and baseball teams, as well as running, biking and participating in team sports.
Mr. Hirsch joined the Lexington Law Group in 2003 and is a principal of the firm. Since joining LLG, Mr. Hirsch’s practice has included significant experience enforcing California’s Proposition 65 and litigating class actions against, among others, technology companies, airlines, and health care providers and insurers. These cases have resulted in significant reductions in human exposures to toxic chemicals, changes in deceptive business practices, and the recovery of millions of dollars for the benefit of consumers. Mr. Hirsch has also volunteered his legal services to the homeless community of San Francisco and currently serves as a volunteer arbiter for the San Francisco Department of Human Services resolving disputes between homeless shelters and their residents.
Mr. Hirsch graduated from the University of California Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law in 1996 and from Boston College in 1993. When not practicing law, Mr. Hirsch enjoys listening to music and spending time outdoors with his family.
Before joining NELC, Mr. Mann spent a year as the Law Clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Irma E. Gonzalez in the Southern District of California. Mr. Mann earned his J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1999, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Environmental Law Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1991. When not practicing law, Joe enjoys hosting dinner parties, playing guitar, and being outdoors.
Before joining the Lexington Law Group, Ms. Burger was a litigation fellow with Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit law center in Berkeley, California, that specializes in class action litigation on behalf of people with disabilities. As the David Boies / LD Access Fellow, Ms. Burger’s practice focused on increasing access to standardized testing for people with learning disabilities and ADHD and involved nearly every aspect of civil litigation in both federal and state court. In 2001, Ms. Burger volunteered with the United States Peace Corps in the Kyrgyz Republic, Central Asia. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling and spending time with her friends.
Prior to joining the Lexington Law Group, Mr. Williams was an attorney at the Environmental Law & Justice Clinic, where his practice focused on enforcing air quality and clean energy laws on behalf of low-income communities of color, and included significant experience securing public interest attorneys’ fee awards. In law school, Mr. Williams was the President of the Environmental Law Society, an associate editor of the Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal, and co-chair of the California Water Law Symposium. Mr. Williams also served as a law clerk at public interest environmental firms, including the Center for Food Safety and Lawyers for Clean Water. In his free time, Lucas loves cycling, following Bay Area sports, reading the New Yorker and cooking/eating good food.