Denise Abrams is a partner at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood (Kazan Law). Ms. Abrams joined Kazan Law in 1984. She has been involved in asbestos litigation for the majority of her time with the firm. Ms. Abrams has devoted her career to achieving justice for those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos. As a seasoned and experienced litigator, Ms. Abrams has also been instrumental in mentoring new attorneys at Kazan Law.
Ms. Abrams worked on asbestos litigation at Kazan Law for 18 years as a law clerk, associate and principal before focusing her career on pro bono matters from 2009-2012. During this time, she continued to advocate on behalf of individuals with asbestos related diseases and resumed her role as an asbestos litigator in 2013. In addition to her asbestos practice, Ms. Abrams represents various clients who have been injured through others’ wrongdoing. Many of Ms. Abrams’ clients are individuals who may not have had received legal representation otherwise. Some of her clients include the family of an elderly woman who died as a result of an accident with her Lifeline device, a group of female casino workers who were sexually harassed by their employer, and a 60-year old survivor of domestic violence who was serving time for the death of her spouse. For decades, Ms. Abrams’ has worked on behalf of individuals who developed mesothelioma as a result of their employers’ negligent actions and other parties who have been the victims of wrongful and injurious conduct. She is committed to helping her clients obtain the maximum compensation possible for their pain, suffering and injuries.
Ms. Abrams graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in 1972. From there she attended the University of Maryland and received an M.A. in 1975 and a Ph.D. in 1983. Before starting law school, Ms. Abrams taught sociology and women’s studies at the University of Maryland and Antioch College in Ohio. Ms. Abrams earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California in 1986. She has been admitted to practice law in California since 1986. Ms. Abrams has been selected for the prestigious Best Lawyers in America list five times throughout her career.
Ms. Abrams devotes her time to several professional activities and associations. She is a Worksafe Officer and Board Member. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Board of the East Bay Community Law Center and a Board Member with Gender and Refugee Studies. In these roles, Ms. Abrams is involved in providing legal services and developing policies that serve the needs of low-income and disadvantaged communities. She is a member of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, the National Lawyers Guild, the American Association for Justice, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the California State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.