Lea Malani Bays

Of CounselRobbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLPConnect

Lea Malani Bays is Of Counsel in the Firm’s San Diego office. She focuses on e-discovery issues, from preservation through production, and provides counsel to the Firm’s multi-disciplinary, e-discovery team consisting of attorneys, forensic analysts and database professionals.

Through her role as counsel to the e-discovery team, Bays is very familiar with the various stages of e-discovery, including identification of relevant electronically stored information, data culling, predictive coding protocols, privilege and responsiveness reviews, as well as having experience in post-production discovery through trial preparation. Through speaking at various events, she is also a leader in shaping the broader dialogue on e-discovery issues.

Bays was recently part of the litigation team that earned the approval of a $131 million settlement in favor of plaintiffs in Bennett v. Sprint Nextel Corp. The settlement, which resolved claims arising from Sprint Corporation’s ill-fated merger with Nextel Communications in 2005, represents a significant recovery for the plaintiff class, achieved after five years of tireless effort by the Firm.

Prior to joining Robbins Geller, Bays was a Litigation Associate at Kaye Scholer LLP’s New York office. She has experience in a wide range of litigation, including complex securities litigation, commercial contract disputes, business torts, antitrust, civil fraud, and trust and estate litigation. Before pursuing a legal career, she developed and implemented programs for youth and families involved with the juvenile delinquency and dependency system. She has significant training and experience in group facilitation and conflict resolution.   

Bays earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz and earned her Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude. During law school, she served as the Executive Editor of the New York Law School Law Review and was a founding member and Review Editor for the Global Human Rights Bulletin. Bays was also a Harlan Scholar, which included participation in a rigorous academic honors program with a concentration in individual liberties.

Professional Affiliations

The Sedona Conference Working Group, Electronic Document Retention and Production 

Honors & Awards

  • Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Publico Award
  • NYSBA Empire State Counsel
  • Professor Stephen J. Ellmann Clinical Legal Education Prize
  • John Marshall Harlan Scholars Program, Justice Action Center


New York Law School, J.D., 2007, magna cum laude

University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., 1997 


  • California
  • New York