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. Mr. Somers was recognized as a California “Super Lawyer” in 2014. 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.
As a partner at a boutique D.C. consumer protection class action law firm, Ms. Solen’s work continued to focus on consumer-oriented class-action litigation. For example, she spent time investigating the misleading nature of food packaging, and was involved in a ground-breaking lawsuit against several major industrial greenhouse gas emitters for damages to the Inupiat Eskimo Village of Kivalina in northwest Alaska caused by global warming. Ms. Solen also led a group of attorneys in litigating an action alleging violations of California’s consumer-protection statutes in California federal court, resulting in a negotiated nationwide settlement for the class valued at over $10 million. Prior to joining the Lexington Law Group, Ms. Solen was a senior attorney at the Center for Food Safety where she was lead counsel in a lawsuit against the FDA that resulted in a settlement requiring the agency to bring its GRAS food additive approval process into compliance with federal law. While at the Center for Food Safety, Ms. Solen helped establish the law firm of Kimbrell Kimbrell & Solen LLC, where she served as counsel for wheat farmers in a multidistrict litigation against Monsanto Company alleging depressed wheat prices following the discovery of unapproved genetically engineered, glyphosate-resistant wheat plants, resulting in the settlement of their claims for over two million dollars.
Donna graduated from the University of Florida College of Law, with honors, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Florida Journal of International Law. When not practicing law, Ms. Solen enjoys spending time with her husband, exploring California wine country, and scuba diving in warm, tropical waters.
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.
Prior to joining the Lexington Law Group, Ms. Blodgett was an attorney at San Francisco Baykeeper, where she specialized in enforcing water quality laws and developing state and federal environmental policies. Ms. Blodgett has also worked at various public interest organizations and law firms, litigating a wide range of environmental and land use cases. While in law school, Ms. Blodgett was a Sustainable Land Use Fellow, a staff editor for the Oregon Law Review, and a Co-Director of Land Air Water, a student group that organizes the annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. She also interned at Earthjustice, clerked at the Oregon Department of Justice, and was a volunteer mediator for the Lane County Small Claims Court. Outside of work, Ms. Blodgett enjoys hiking, making pottery, gardening, volunteering in her community, and going to concerts.