Rosemary Rivas

Partner 510-350-9720

Rosemary has dedicated her legal career to representing consumers in complex class action litigation involving a wide variety of claims, from false advertising and defective products to privacy violations. She is committed to obtaining justice for consumers and has recovered billions of dollars for her clients and the classes they represent.

Rosemary serves in leadership positions in a number of large-scale complex class action cases and multi-district litigation. She was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Volkswagen Clean Diesel Litigation, which resulted in a record-breaking settlement totaling more than $14 billion. For her work in the Volkswagen case, Rosemary received the 2018 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, which is given to outstanding California lawyers “whose extraordinary work and cases had a major impact on the law.”

She has received numerous awards and honors for the quality of her legal work, including the Bay Area Legal Aid Guardian of Justice Award for her achievements in the law and her role in helping direct cy pres (remaining settlement) funds to promote equal access to the legal system. She was also recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer and previously was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Rosemary is a fluent Spanish-speaker and previous served on the Board and as Diversity Director of the Barristers Club of the San Francisco Bar Association. She frequently presents at legal and industry-group conferences on developments in consumer protection and class action litigation.

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California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, Daily Journal and California Lawyer Magazine, 2018

Northern California Super Lawyers, 2019-2020

Guardian of Justice Award, Bay Area Legal Aid, 2015

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 2000
  • B.A., San Francisco State University, Political Science, 1997
Consumer Protection
“Nationwide Settlement Classes: The Impact of the Hyundai/ Kia Litigation,” National Consumer Law Center's Consumer Rights Litigation Conference and Class Action Symposium


“One Class Action or 50? Choice of Law Considerations as Potential Impediment to Nationwide Class Action Settlements” 5th Annual Western CLE Program on Class Actions and Mass Torts


“The Right Approach to Effective Claims,” Beard Group- Class Action Money & Ethics


"False Advertising Class Actions: A Practitioner's Guide to Class Certification, Damages and Trial," The Bar Association of San Francisco


Slice 1 BLF 2017