Kimberly Chase is a litigator recognized by her clients and colleagues for her exceptional advocacy, work product, professionalism, and community commitment. Named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, from 2013-2016, Kim focuses on her clients’ business needs, enabling her to employ a pragmatic approach to litigation that helps achieve her clients’ goals.
Kim maintains a diversified practice that includes employment litigation and advice, copyright and trademark litigation, and commercial litigation. She has obtained favorable results for a number of Fortune 500 companies in wage and hour class actions, discrimination and harassment cases, and wrongful termination cases. For example, Kim obtained complete summary judgment for an employer in a discrimination case, and the Court of Appeal recently affirmed the judgment in full. She also recently gutted a wage and hour class action by having the majority of the claims decertified. In addition to her employment practice, Kim has prosecuted and defended copyright and trademark claims throughout the country, and recently defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction regarding the use of a trademark. Kim has also handled a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, section 17200 litigation, and fraud claims.
When not serving her clients, Kim is dedicated to improving the legal profession and helping her community. She sits on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for UC Davis School of Law. Kim also served as the 2014-2015 co-chair of the Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law, which is a group of law firms and community partners who have joined forces to achieve cultural diversity in the legal community. She is dedicated to her pro bono work and is also a member and the former co-chair of PLC Advocates, a group that assists Orange County’s pro bono legal services provider, the Public Law Center, in increasing pro bono volunteerism. Kim has spoken at several law schools, including UC Irvine, Boalt, and UCLA, on issues unique to women attorneys, and she serves as a volunteer presenter for the Orange County Bar Association’s Teenage Legal Survival Skills program. In her spare time, Kim loves spending time with her family and is an avid fan of ballet.