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"Kimberly has represented our company for a number of years, streamlining defense. After taking the matter over from another law firm, she kept us up to date on what was going on and kept costs contained. Kimberly is the best attorney that I have worked with."

Former President, Automotive Consumer Lending Company

Overview

Kimberly focuses her practice on managing the discovery program for complex product liability and toxic tort cases as local and national counsel.

Kimberly works with the firm’s innovative and award-winning Asbestos Litigation team in helping clients manage their risk profiles and in defending large national dockets. She coordinates the discovery for thousands of cases – drafting, responding to and preparing discovery and trial support documents for complex cases throughout the nation. Knowledgeable and energetic, Kimberly is known by clients for identifying key strategies in challenging cases, then easily communicating those ideas to clients and legal teams in order to move forward with the best solutions.

Premises owners, contractors, and manufacturers are among those who appreciate that Kimberly brings to their cases a broad range of related litigation experience. Kimberly has represented clients in matters of product liability; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)/Superfund; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); California Proposition 65; and other alleged solid and liquid hazardous waste violations in response to federal and state agency inspections including California’s Department of Toxic Control Substances (DTSC). Prior to her admission into the state bar, Kimberly externed with the California Attorney General’s Office.

"Kimberly has represented our company for a number of years, streamlining defense. After taking the matter over from another law firm, she kept us up to date on what was going on and kept costs contained. Kimberly is the best attorney that I have worked with."

Former President, Automotive Consumer Lending Company


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Education

  • J.D., Golden Gate University
    • Top 10%
    • CALI Award, professional responsibility
    • Moot Court Board
    • Environmental Law Moot Court Board
    • Asian-Pacific Law Association
    • Witkin award for Real Property, highest grade in course
  • B.S., University of California, Davis
    • Biological Sciences
    • Laboratory research assistant – asbestos fiber imaging in lung tissue

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • State Bar of California, 2007-present; Environmental Legislation Committee, 2008-2015; Litigation Section, 2018-present
  • Defense Research Institute, 2021-present
  • Alameda County Bar Association, 2008-2015; Executive Committee of the Environmental Section, 2010-2015
Experience
  • Represented family dry cleaning business in federal and California Department of Toxic Control Substances (DTSC) allegations of groundwater contamination and related cleanup costs. Argued for equitable allocation in consideration of nearby fuel retailer with underground storage tanks.
  • Represented manufacturer when DTSC inspections identified alleged environmental violations related to electroplating process; remedies included training and hazardous waste storage policy upgrades.
  • Represented component part manufacturer when DTSC inspection revealed alleged violations including chemical processing, hazardous waste storage and recordkeeping. Remedies included policy and training upgrades.
  • Counseled manufacturer and retail clients on regulatory compliance issues and in defense of lawsuits involving California's Proposition 65, which requires warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that allegedly cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
  • Advised out-of-state trucking company regarding diesel emissions in an enforcement action brought by the California Air Resources Board.
Outside the Office

Kimberly is a proud mother of twins and a group fitness enthusiast, having once been certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America for cardio dance formats. She’s also an avid gardener, with a backyard greenhouse, and enjoys reading horticulture books and magazines.

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