Principal Administrative Law Judge
Judge Yahner has been an Administrative Law Judge with the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings since July 2004. Judge Yahner is currently serving as Principal Administrative Law Judge for Case Management and Quality Control. She has served as Principal Administrative Law Judge supervising matters involving the Department of Public Works and supervised the jurisdiction covering unemployment insurance cases.
Prior to joining the Office of Administrative Hearings, Judge Yahner was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll. She joined the firm in 1982. She specialized in antitrust class action litigation on behalf of plaintiffs in federal courts around the country. She served as lead counsel, co-lead counsel or chair/co-chair of discovery in a variety of complex antitrust cases including In re Vitamins Antitrust Litig., MDL 1285 (D.D.C.); Commercial Explosives Antitrust Litig., MDL 1093 (D. Utah); High Fructose Corn Syrup Antitrust Litig., MDL 1087 (C.D. Ill.). Judge Yahner joined the United States Department of Justice after law school through the Honor Graduates program and was an attorney in the Antitrust Division.
Judge Yahner received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College. Judge Yahner has spoken extensively on class actions, litigation issues and central panels. She is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Women Law Judges, and the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.