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Judith A. Zahid

Judith A. ZahidPhone: (415) 633-1916
Email: jzahid@zelle.com

Judith is Managing Partner of the San Francisco office and co-chair of the Firm’s Antitrust group. Judith’s practice is focused on assessing complex antitrust claims and pursuing recoveries on behalf of both individual corporate clients and class plaintiffs in many different industries. She has represented plaintiffs in numerous high-stakes price-fixing and monopolization cases, with recoveries from those cases totaling well over $2 billion. While Judith is involved in all aspects of the cases she litigates, she places particular emphasis on her work with industry and damages experts.

Judith is a frequent speaker on several aspects of plaintiff antitrust recovery and active in the leadership of the ABA Antitrust Section.

Noteworthy:

Judith was named a "Super Lawyer" in antitrust litigation, class action/mass torts and business litigation for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 by San Francisco magazine. She was also named among the Top 50 Women Northern California "Super Lawyers" for 2014, 2015 and 2016, and among the Top 100 Northern California “Super Lawyers” for 2015 and 2016. She was also named a Northern California "Rising Star" for 2009, 2010 and 2011 (Antitrust Litigation) by San Francisco magazine. She was also named among Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Global Competition Review.

The Legal 500 has recognized Judith multiple times in the antitrust class action field as "one to watch" (2012), an “up-and-comer,” “great case organizer and determined advocate” (2013), and a "first-rate case manager," "up-and-comer who does much of the actual work needed in big cartel cases" (2014), and “thoughtful” in representing consumers and businesses affected by price-fixing agreements between various electronics manufacturers, including Samsung, Panasonic and Hitachi (2015).

Education:

  • Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, J.D., Environmental Specialization Certificate, 2001; Prosser Prize in Torts; Berkeley Women's Law Journal, Article Editor
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Environmental Science, high honors, 1995
  • Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, Global Private Litigation Committee (formerly known as Civil Redress Committee), Vice-Chair (2014-present)
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, International Civil Redress Task Force (2011-2013)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Antitrust Section, Chair (2011-2014)
  • California Bar Association, Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, Member
  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), National Advisory Board Member
  • Women Antitrust Plaintiffs’ Attorneys (WAPA), Advisory Member
  • American Antitrust Institute (AAI), Antitrust Private Enforcement Awards Judging Committee (2015-present)
  • Antitrust Litigation Forum, Steering Committee (2017)
  • Zealous Woman Fact:

    Over the course of college, law school, and for a year in between, Judith traveled to East Africa three times for a stay of almost two years. She first landed in Tanzania when she enrolled in a semester abroad program as part of a field-study school focused on conservation and wildlife biology in the national parks. Her love of the region (and uncanny gift for picking up the Swahili language) developed then, and she stayed on through the summer traveling the coast and into Kenya. After working to pay for her return, Judith then went back two more times, volunteering in Tanzania, traveling into Uganda, and helping for a semester with a coastal ecology/conservation of coral reefs field-study program on Zanzibar Island. Now, settled comfortably in Berkeley, Judith looks forward to the day she can go back again, to introduce this incredible part of the world to her husband and two children.