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Kathleen Carter



Kathy is the Co-Chair of the Insurance Practice Group

She focuses her practice on civil litigation and trial practice. Her career has spanned over 20 years and during that time, she has become a leading trial attorney in Southern California as well as an expert in litigation management. Her expertise in handling matters ranging from employment law and consumer actions to commercial disputes has allowed her to earn a position of great respect among her peers.

Before joining PIB Law, Kathy was a founding partner at McClure & Carter. She joined her practice with Hollins Law in 2002 where she effectively represented large national corporations in multi-million dollar lawsuits, won seven figure damage awards for clients involved in personal injury cases, and successfully defended an international firm in a high stakes class action matter. Her reputation and results have caused clients to seek her assistance in multiple jurisdictions including Nevada, Washington, Delaware, Indiana and Georgia.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained $10 million settlement in commercial  dispute involving copyright  infringement on behalf of a leading national corporation against largest clothing retailer in the United States.
  • Tried commercial dispute between multiple corporations and shareholders regarding  stock disputes and ownership rights obtaining verdict for client corporation in excess of $1.5 million.
  • Defended successfully class action litigation against large international corporation defeating certification of class claims under the Song Beverly Act and California Consumer Legal Remedies Act.
  • Tried brain injury case against corporation to jury verdict resulting in settlement of approximately $1 million.
  • Won defense jury verdict in failure to engage in interactive process and disability discrimination case on behalf of employer involving effects of medication and transient disability.
  • Successfully defended overtime, meal and rest period case by a part-time school teacher and administrative assistant against a private school employer.
  • Defensed age discrimination claim by senior management employee against non-profit organization.
  • Obtained jury award in collection claim while successfully defending cross-complaint alleging FDCPA violations.
  • Successfully defended multi-plaintiff lawsuit involving claims of improper condominium conversion in Los Angeles County asserting violations  of Los Angeles Municipal Code and California Government Code as well as unfair competition claims.
  • Obtained defense jury verdict in bad faith lawsuit against large insurer.
  • Won $17.5 million jury verdict in paraplegia case for 36 year old man injured in a construction site accident, representing  the highest gross verdict at the time for an individual  plaintiff in the Rancho  Cucamonga branch of the San Bernardino Superior Court.
  • Successfully prosecuted commercial contract claim for international media company while simultaneously defensing cross-complaint for breach of contract and fraud seeking in excess of $3 million in alleged lost profit.
  • Successfully prosecuted fraud claim in residential and real estate transaction receiving in excess of $1 million.
  • Defensed wrongful eviction and habitability claims on behalf of residential landlord in multi-unit condominium building.
  • Succeeded in limiting the application of the Song Beverly Act to consumer credit transactions in published appellate decision in Archer vs United Rentals.

  • Designated National Coordinating Counsel for a National Insurer for certain classes of claims.

Professional Activities

Community & Professional

American Board of Trial Advocates

Orange County Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

National Association of Professional and Executive Women

BUZZ, An Executive Women's Think Tank

National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms

Women's Business Enterprise National Counsel



  • California
  • Central District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Southern District of Indiana
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Supreme Court


Pepperdine University, M.B.A.

Vermont Law School, J.D., cum laude

  • American Jurisprudence Award for Property, Conflicts of Law and Moot Court
  • Award of Excellency in Appellate Advocacy, Thomas M. Debevoise Invitational Moot Court Competition

Saint Anselm College, B.A.