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Paul Kiesel

Kiesel Law
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Paul Kiesel
Kiesel Law
Beverly Hills,
 CA

Paul Kiesel received his Juris Doctorate from the Whittier College School of Law in Los Angeles in 1985. In 2005, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Whittier Law School. His practice is devoted to representing consumers in personal injury, class action, environmental, and toxic tort litigation.

Mr. Kiesel has repeatedly been selected as one of the top plaintiff attorneys in the State of California and the country. The Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Mr. Kiesel as one of the Top 50 Trial Lawyers. The Daily Journal named Mr. Kiesel one of the 100 most influential attorneys in the State of California. He was also selected as one of the top 500 attorneys in the United States by Law Dragon. In addition, Mr. Kiesel is rated A.V. (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell.

Paul Kiesel is very active in the legal community. He was the president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association for 2015-2016 and was the past Chair of the Litigation Section. He was appointed by former Chief Justice Ronald George to the State of California Judicial Council Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee. He served on the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles for over 25 years. In recognition of his service, Mr. Kiesel was elected an emeritus (lifetime) board member of both organizations. From 2001-2005, Mr. Kiesel sat on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Mr. Kiesel is currently the Co-Chair of the Open Courts Coalition, a bipartisan committee of attorneys from throughout California advocating full-funding of the civil justice system. Members of the Open Courts Coalition include Niall McCarthy, president of the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Honorable Carlos Moreno, former Governors Gray Davis and George Deukmejian, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragosa, and former California Attorney General John VanDekamp. Recently, Mr. Kiesel was named a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards in the legal profession.

Mr. Kiesel has extensive experience in complex litigation, including environmental, construction defect, product defect, and pharmaceutical actions. Mr. Kiesel currently serves as national Lead Counsel in the federal Multi-District Litigation against Glaxo Smith Kline for injuries caused by its pharmaceutical drug, Avandia. There are over 20,000 personal injury cases, a half-dozen consumer class cases, and several state actions pending in the Avandia MDL. Mr. Kiesel served as Liaison Counsel in the litigation arising out of the 2008 Chatsworth Metrolink crash that killed 24 individuals and injured over 100 people. As Liaison Counsel, Mr. Kiesel coordinated the successful resolution of the cases for $200 million, the maximum recovery allowed by law.

Currently, Paul Kiesel represents many individuals and their families in significant personal injury and wrongful death cases. Among his many clients, Mr. Kiesel represented former Governor Gray Davis in a challenge to the qualification of the 2003 recall election. Mr. Kiesel currently represents numerous municipalities, including the City of Los Angeles, in a class action on behalf of all cities in the State of California for payment of occupancy taxes owed by the online travel industry.

Mr. Kiesel is also a frequent presenter for continuing legal education programs. As an early-adopter of technology in the practice of law, Mr. Kiesel has frequently written and spoken on technology-related subjects. In addition, he co-authored two legal treatises for Lexis Nexis, “California Pretrial Civil Procedure” and “California Civil Discovery.”

EDUCATION

Whittier College School of Law, Los Angeles, California

Juris Doctorate with Distinction (1985) (Dean’s List 1982-85, Law Review)

Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut

Bachelor of Arts (1982, Political Science / United States Government)

ADMISSIONS

State Courts of California

Courts of the District of Columbia

United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Kiesel Law LLP, Beverly Hills, California, Partner (2013 to present)

Kiesel, Boucher & Larson LLP, Beverly Hills, California, Partner (1999 to 2013)

Kiesel & Larson, Beverly Hills, California, Principal (1993 to 1999)

Slatter, Slatter & Kiesel, Beverly Hills, California, Partner (1989 to 1993)

Slatter & Slatter, Beverly Hills, California, Associate Attorney (1985 to 1989)

AFFILIATIONS

California State Bar Association (1985 to present)

Association of Business Trial Lawyers Board of Governors (2001 to 2005)

California Open Courts Coalition, Co-Chair (2011 to present)

Bipartisan committee which advocates fully funding the California civil justice system; members include former California Governors Gray Davis and George Deukmejian, former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former California Attorney General John Van de Kamp, and Consumer Attorneys of California President Niall McCarthy.

Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (Formerly the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association)

Board of Governors, Emeritus Member (2003 to present)

Board of Governors, Member (1991 to 2003)

Board of Governors, Emeritus Member (2003 to present)

Board of Governors, Member (1988 to 2003)

Automobile Committee, Member (1995 to 1996)

Legislative Committee, Deputy Chair (1995)

Automotive Legislation Committee, Chair (1994)

Parliamentarian (1993 to 1994)

Political Action Committee, Co-Chair (1988 to 1994)

District of Columbia Bar (2002 to present)

Lexis-Nexis California Advisory Board (currently)

Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)

President (2015-2016)

Litigation Section Chair (2008 to 2009)

Executive Committee (2001 to present)

Secretary (2005 to 2006)

Treasurer (2006 to 2007)

Litigation Counsel of America

Senior Fellow (2015 to present)

Los Angeles Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel (1991 to present)

Los Angeles Superior Court Bench and Bar Committee (2000 to present)

Los Angeles Superior Court Complex Litigation Court Bench & Bar Committee Chair (2005 to 2007)

Member (2001 to present)

Pacific Hills High School, West Hollywood, California Board of Trustees (2008 to 2011)

Whittier College

Board of Trustees (1997 to 2000)

Alumnus Trustee (1995 to 1997)

Whittier College of Law

Board of Visitors, Vice Chair (1993 to 1995)

  • Board of Visitors, Member (1992 to 1999)

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