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Kitty K. Szeto

Lawyers protecting you

Kitty is one of the firm’s trial lawyers, a champion for justice, and a master cross-examiner. Kitty has devoted her entire career to the firm’s class action practice protecting employees, consumers, and the injured against wage theft, illegal employment practices, and fraudulent business practices. Kitty has obtained class action settlements exceeding eight figures and first chaired a class action trial all the way to a $4,300,000.00 jury verdict. Possessing unparalleled expertise in complex class and representative actions, Kitty has served as class counsel in scores of federal and state cases.

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2015 Antelope Valley Bar Association Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • The Recorder’s Top California Verdicts of 2014 – California’s second largest million dollar fraud verdict in 2014

Speaking engagements

Bridgeport’s 2017 Gender Issues in the Courtroom Conference

Topic: Working with Clients and Opposing Counsel

Bridgeport’s 2016 Consumer Class Action Litigation & Management Conference:

Topic: Trying Class Action Cases From the Plaintiffs’ Perspective

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association 2016 – Cognitive Science and Behavioral Economics in the Courtroom:

Topic: The Science Behind Bonding with Strangers

CAOC Annual Convention 2012:

Topic: Who is in Charge? (If Not You, You Are Probably Successful): The Role of Management, Staff and Attorneys in Successful Law Firms

CAOC Annual Convention 2011

Topic: How to be a Technologically Savvy Lawyer in the Courtroom

Reading list

  • Case Framing by Mark Mandell
  • Trial by Human by Nick Rowley
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Good to Great by James C. Collins
  • Social by Matthew D. Lieberman

Community Contributions

  • Deputy Mayor of Lancaster; Bringing BYD and other Chinese businesses into the City of Lancaster

Judicial Clerkships/Externships

  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable Diana M. Wheatley of the Los Angeles Superior Court 2006

Professional Memberships

  • CAOC
  • CAALA

Results

  • In 2014, Kitty obtained a $4,300,000.00 jury verdict in a consumer class action against Halo Resorts, Inc. Halo Resorts falsely represented membership terms and charged its members termination and cancellation fees that were never disclosed in its contracts. After a two week trial, the jury reached a unanimous fraud verdict for intentional misrepresentation, concealment, and negligent misrepresentation. The Court subsequently awarded attorneys’ fees in the seven figures.

Bar Admission

State Bar of California
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

Education

Loyola Law School: Juris Doctor 2008

University of Southern California: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 2005