Joseph R. Saveri

Founding Partner

Joseph R. Saveri specializes in antitrust law and complex civil and class action litigation in state, federal, and international arenas.   With 30 years of civil litigation experience, he has handled cases involving numerous industries, including banking and financial services, insurance, energy, pharmaceuticals, agricultural products, computer hardware, computer software, travel and transportation, paper products, cosmetics, and consumer electronics.   Representing individuals, consumers, small business owners, public officials, and heads of corporations negatively affected by monopolistic business practices, he has established himself as one of the country’s top litigators in the antitrust field.

Mr. Saveri began his career doing general litigation work at the San Francisco law firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen.  In 1992, he joined the plaintiffs’ firm Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, where he served as the firm’s Managing Partner.  He also founded and chaired the firm’s Antitrust and Intellectual Property practice group, which was recognized in 2012 as one of the top five practice groups in California.

Mr. Saveri left Lieff Cabraser in May of 2012 to start his own firm, the Joseph Saveri Law Firm, Inc.  Since then, he and his growing staff of experienced attorneys have been busy fighting anticompetitive business practices throughout the country, serving as lead and co-counsel on a variety of cases involving price-fixing, illegal reverse-payment agreements, agreements regarding hiring and recruiting, and antitrust cases involving sports leagues and other industries.  The Firm represents individuals and businesses, and specializes in antitrust, class action, and other complex business disputes.  To date, the Firm’s attorneys have generated over $3 billion in settlements and successful resolutions for their clients.  Among other honors, it has been recognized as a 2017 honoree and 2015 finalist by the American Antitrust Association for “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice.” It has been selected by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in 2013-2019 for inclusion in the area of antitrust litigation in their annual joint Best Law Firms publication and was ranked by the California Daily Journal in 2016 and 2018 as one of the 20 “Top Boutique Firms in California.”

Mr. Saveri has performed virtually every aspect of complex and class action litigation, including factual and economic analysis of market conditions and pricing practices, drafting of pleadings, law and motion matters, organizing electronic discovery, creating a discovery plan, administering and directing on-line review of documents requiring coordination of dozens of lawyers fluent in English and foreign languages, propounding written discovery, taking and defending percipient and expert witness depositions, organizing the factual record, briefing and arguing summary judgment, and trial and appellate work.

From 2010 through 2013, Mr. Saveri was chosen to serve as a Lawyer Representative for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He has served and serves on a number of court committees charged with developing rules and programs regarding complex litigation, ediscovery, and a variety of other matters.  He was chosen to serve as a member of the Northern District’s Civil Rules Advisory Committee from 2009-2012, the committee to establish rules and procedures for expedited trials (which the court adopted as General Order No. 64, “Expedited Trial Procedures”), and the committee which crafted new ediscovery rules and procedures recently adopted by the court. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Mr. Saveri is also a frequent author of articles on antitrust and complex litigation issues, and a frequent lecturer on a variety of matters, including antitrust, complex litigation, class action practice, and discovery.  He serves as an author of California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law, the legal treatise published by the State Bar of California’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section.

Mr. Saveri received his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1987.  He received his B.A. in History and Economics (double major), with Honors, in 1984 from the University of California, Berkeley.