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Roger N. Heller

Roger N. Heller

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA


A partner in our San Francisco office, Roger is an accomplished consumer protection attorney as demonstrated by his substantial contributions to litigation that ended deceptive business practices affecting millions of bank and credit cardholders nationwide.

Roger represented Bank of America customers who charged that Bank of America systematically re-sequenced customer debit card transactions - from the “largest to the smallest” transaction - for the sole purpose of maximizing its overdraft fee revenue in violation of the bank’s contractual and good faith duties and California’s Unfair Competition Law. In 2010, Heller played a key role on the trial team that successfully prosecuted similar claims against Wells Fargo in Gutierrez v. Wells Fargo Bank, resulting in a $203 million verdict against the bank.

The Yourke case was subsequently consolidated with other lawsuits against the bank and the nation’s other leading banks in Multi-District Litigation in Miami, Florida.  Roger served on Lieff Cabraser’s team which played an integral role in prosecuting the case against BofA. In November 2011, the Court approved a $410 million settlement.

The settlement with BofA was the largest consumer settlement in the U.S. in 2011, and constitutes one the largest settlements in a consumer class action ever. For his work in the BofA litigation, Roger was named a finalist for the 2012 Consumer Attorney of the Year award by Consumer Attorneys of California.

In 2013, the CAOC recognized Roger as part of the team that led the multidistrict litigation, In re Chase Bank Check Loans, which produced a $100 million settlement of the claim that Chase Bank violated the covenant of good faith and fair dealing in special check loan deals with its credit card customers.

Before joining Lieff Cabraser, Roger served as a senior staff attorney at Disability Rights Advocates, where he litigated class action cases under federal and state anti-discrimination laws and advocated for the rights of people with disabilities in the legislative and regulatory arenas.
 

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