Todd A. Walburg

Attorney in San Francisco, CA
Obtaining Justice for the Injured

Chair of Lieff Cabraser's Auto and Transportation Cases section of the firm's Torts Practice Group, Todd A. Walburg focuses much of his practice on personal injury and products liability litigation involving serious injuries and wrongful death.

Todd is currently involved in several trials against Big Tobacco in Florida for the injuries and fatalities caused by cigarettes. He also represents plaintiffs in litigation against Takata for defective airbags, GM for faulty ignition systems, and Toyota for sudden unintended acceleration accidents across the United States. In the Toyota and GM cases in federal court, Todd works closely with Co-Lead Counsel Elizabeth J. Cabraser, and in the state court, Todd was appointed to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for the Toyota Unintended Acceleration JCCP by the Honorable Lee Smalley Edmon of the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Todd was previously involved in litigation against Yamaha Motor Corporation relating to multiple Rhino ATV rollover cases. He is an original member of the Tire Safety Group, a nationwide network of preeminent attorneys who handle product liability cases against tire manufacturers and dealers. Todd brings to bear his considerable experience with a variety of automotive defect cases, emphasizing vehicle crashworthiness, tire failure defects, fuel tank fires, rollovers, and seatbelt failures.

Todd has also represented victims of defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs, such as Guidant implantable defibrillators and pacemakers, Medtronic heart leads, Ortho-McNeil contraceptive patches, Baycol, Vioxx, and Fen-Phen. In addition, Todd was a key member of the litigation team in the groundbreaking University of Phoenix whistleblower case, which was resolved for $78.5 million.

Todd has served on the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors since 2013, and has been an Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors member since 2012. In 1998, he was the national winner of the Leesfield/Association of Trial Lawyers of America scholarship. Todd has also been a legal services volunteer for the Bar Association of San Francisco's Eviction Defense Project since 2012.

Todd is the author of Powerful Mediation Briefs in The Verdict (ACCTLA 2006). He was also the keynote speaker in presentations entitled Products Liability Strategies before Trial (SFTLA 2008), Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation (CAOC Annual Convention 2011), Burn Injury Cases (SFTLA/CAOC 2012), Cutting Edge Damages (SFTLA/CAOC 2013; with NJP Litigation Consulting), and Comparing and Contrasting the GM Litigation and the Toyota Litigation (AAJ 2014). In addition, Super Lawyers named Todd a 2014 Super Lawyer for Northern California, and a Rising Star for Northern California, from 2010 - 2013.

Published Works
Cutting Edge Damges, SFTLA/COAC Webinar with NJP Litigaton Consulting, February 2013
Burn Injury Cases, SFTLA/CAOC Webinar, December 2012
Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation, CAOC Annual Convention, November 2011
Product Liability Strategies Before Trial, SFTLA Roundtable, October 2008
Powerful Mediation Briefs in The Verdict, ACCTLA, 2006

Honors and Awards
Super Lawyer for Northern California, Super Lawyers, 2014
Rising Star for Northern California, Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2013
Elected to the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2013 - Present
Appointed to the Board of Governors of the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association, 2012 - Present
Leesfield / Association of Trial Lawyers of America Scholarship, National Winner, 1998

Past Employment Positions
Emison Hullverson Bonagofsky, LLP, Partner, 2007 - 2008
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Associate, 2005 - 2007
Bennett, Johnson & Galler, Associate, 2001 - 2005

Pro Bono Activities
Eviction Defense Project, Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco (2012 - Present)

In the News
January 23, 2015
Law360 Recognizes Lieff Cabraser with its Product Liability Group of Year Award
November 19, 2014
Takata Airbag Recall FAQ
November 7, 2014
Airbag Recall Update: Takata Allegedly Knew 10 Years Ago of Deadly Airbag Defect
August 22, 2014
Portable Butane Stove Burn Injuries Still Cause Unnecessary Harm
August 15, 2014
Car Fires and Fuel Tank Explosions Remain an Ongoing National Concern

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Areas of Law

  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Protection
  • Defective Products


Experience & Credentials



Admission Details

Admitted in 2001, California
2001, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
2001, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
2006, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
2006, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
2006, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Law School Attended

University of San Francisco School of Law
Class of 1999

University Attended

University of California at Los Angeles
Class of 1995

Associations & Memberships

Professional Associations and Memberships
Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Governors, 2003 - 2005, 2012 - 2013)
American Association for Just... More

Representative Cases

Representative Cases; Fen-Phen Diet Drugs; GM Faulty Ignition Recall; Medtronic Heart Lead Recall; Toyota Accident; Vioxx; Yamaha Rhino

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Todd A. Walburg
Embarcadero Center West 275 Battery Street, 29th Floor,
San Francisco, CA 94111-3339


Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP (San Francisco, California)

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