You know Lieff Cabraser as one of the leading class action plaintiffs’ firms, and Elizabeth Cabraser as the firm’s rock star. In fact, she cites the drummer from Black Sabbath as one of her influences.

Not a legal influence, of course. She lists Black Sabbath’s original drummer Bill Ward, along with Ringo Star of The Beatles and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, among her favorite drummers.

You see, she also leads the firm’s band, The R-23s, as its drummer.


R-23s Logo


(R-23, as in Rule 23, the rule of civil procedure that governs class actions—get it?? You get a pass if you aren’t a class action wonk like me.)

In June, the band competed in its third battle of the bands fundraiser for the Family Violence Appellate Project in San Francisco. This year The R-23s won the Judge’s Choice Award.

And the band had the distinction of being one of the few competitors made up almost entirely of musicians who actually work at the firm.


R-23s Photo

 The R-23s (from left): Melissa Gardner on flute/vocals; Djuna Gray on bass, Elizabeth Cabraser on drums; Phong Nguyen on guitar/vocals; and Anthony McDaniel on lead vocals. Not pictured: Jordan Elias on saxophone; Connie Jorgensen on vocals; and Elizabeth Schneider on guitar.


Their repertoire includes:

Have Love will Travel – The Sonics
Can’t Explain – The Who
I Fought the Law – The Clash
Unchain my Heart – Ray Charles
Funky Town – Lipps Inc.
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry

Have a listen to the band performing Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” at FVAP’s 2016 Battle of the Bands.

Rock on!

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