Bar and Court Admissions
- State Court: California
- U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court: Northern District of California; Central District of California
- 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
Judith A. Zahid
Judith is a commercial litigator specializing in antitrust and other complex litigation and the Managing Partner of Zelle’s San Francisco office. Judith represents plaintiffs pursuing high-stakes claims, with a recent focus on working with corporations to help them maximize their affirmative recovery opportunities when they’ve been harmed by anticompetitive conduct in the market. Having spent the last decade gravitating towards projects that involve economics, data and technology, Judith has built a reputation for effectively working alongside economic and industry experts. While also a natural organizer and manager, her skill set ranges from understanding the intricacies of a damages analysis to knowing how to efficiently lead a massive piece of litigation.
Judith is a frequent speaker on several aspects of plaintiff antitrust recovery and active in the leadership of the ABA Antitrust Section.
Antitrust and Unfair Competition
Represented the end-user plaintiffs and served on the lead counsel team to help secure a record-breaking $1.1 billion all-cash settlement, in one of the nation’s largest antitrust cartel cases. Judith was responsible for managing all of the day-to-day aspects of the litigation, working alongside experts, opposing the Daubert motion, taking several merits depositions of executives, and providing substantial support for getting and keeping the classes certified (In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation (MDL No. 1827).
Represents the end-user plaintiffs and closely assisted lead counsel on class certification, opposing the Daubert motion, working closely with plaintiffs’ economic experts, and taking multiple defense expert and merits depositions of executives to help reach a $576.75 million all-cash settlement for the end-user plaintiffs (In re Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) Antitrust Litigation (MDL No. 1917).
Represents the direct-purchaser business and other members of the proposed plaintiff class and assists the co-lead counsel team by providing assistance on projects involving the economic and industry experts and consultants. The Multidistrict Litigation Court recognized Judith by appointing her as Interim Liaison Counsel for the direct-purchaser plaintiffs (In re Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation (MDL No. 2420).
Represents the end-user plaintiffs and assists the co-lead counsel team by providing support on projects involving the economic experts and consultants (In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation (MDL No. 2311).
Represented a regional pet food retailer in obtaining a denial of defendant’s summary judgment motion, brought under Section 17045 of California Unfair Practices Act regarding a secret agreement to pay marketing allowances (Pet Food Express Ltd v. Royal Canin USA, Inc. (No. C 09-01483).
Articles & Presentations
"Global Private Settlements: Preferred Paths to Resolution,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law Annual Spring Meeting, April 6-8, 2016, moderator
"The Un-Usual Suspects: Maximizing Value Out of Little-Known Bankruptcy Assets," 2016 Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference, March 11, 2016, panelist
"So Now You've Pleaded Guilty: Implications of Criminal Pleas in Civil Litigation," American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, December 16, 2015, co-presenter
"The Use of Experts at Class Certification," Class Action Litigation Conference, September 25, 2015, presenter
“International Collective Actions: What Is And Isn’t Working?,” American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, April 16, 2015
“Opt-Out Litigation: Practical Considerations for Corporate and Outside Counsel,” American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, February 25, 2015, panelist
“How States Can Effectively Analyze and Pursue Recovery Opportunities,” National Association of Attorneys General Antitrust Litigation Training Seminar, October 9, 2014, panelist
“Behind the Scenes with In-House Antitrust Counsel,” Bar Association of San Francisco’s Antitrust Section, October 3, 2014, moderator
"Depositions: Tips and Strategy for Antitrust Litigators," ABA Trial Practice Committee Program, June 25, 2014, panelist
"Finding Peace When Settling U.S. and EU Price-Fixing Claims," Competition Law360, April 28, 2014, co-author
"Corporations & Cartels: When Should You Be A Plaintiff?", 62nd ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, March 26-28, 2014, moderator
"Where To Bring Damages Claims In EU Int’l Cartel Cases?" Competition Law360, February 28, 2014, co-author
"Who Can Make the Claim? The Who, What, and Where of International Private Antitrust Actions," Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, February 13, 2014, moderator
"Unique Discovery Challenges In International Cartel Cases," Competition Law360, January 31, 2014, co-author
"Survival of the Fittest: Thriving in a Culture of Change,” Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), March 20, 2013, moderator
"Hypothetical in Action – Class Certification, FTAIA and CAFA," CLE International Group’s Antitrust Conference, February 22, 2013, co-presenter
"Selecting and Working with Experts in Antitrust," Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, January 14, 2013, co-presenter
"Antitrust & Price-Fixing Attorneys Panel," Hastings Law Trial Association, October 29, 2012, panelist
"Complex Case Management: An In-Depth Survey of Best Practices for Managing Antitrust Class Actions," Women Antitrust Plaintiffs' Attorneys annual conference, October 12, 2012, panelist
"Pre-complaint activities," American Antitrust Institute's "Private Enforcement of Antitrust Law in the United States: A Handbook," September 2012, chapter co-author
"A Plaintiff and Defense Lawyer’s How To on Working With Economists in Antitrust Cases," Antitrust Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, July 16, 2012, co-presenter
The Law of Pricing, Including Resale Price Maintenance in California After Leegin, State Bar of California's 21st Annual Golden State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Institute, October 27, 2011, presenter
"Pre-claim Activities," The American Antitrust Institute’s International Handbook on Private Enforcement of Competition Law, December 2010, chapter co-author
- American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, Global Private Litigation Committee (formerly known as Civil Redress Committee), Vice-Chair
- 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
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 and 2016 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), “thoughtful” in representing consumers and businesses affected by price-fixing agreements between various electronics manufacturers, including Samsung, Panasonic and Hitachi (2015), and “able to bring people together on both sides of a case to get things done” (2016).