Kate Stimeling

Partner ( San Francisco | Los Angeles / Irvine )

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With more than 20 years of litigation experience, Kate Stimeling is an accomplished, confident strategist and trial attorney focused on defending businesses and organizations in product and premises liability and catastrophic personal injury cases. In particular, she has deep experience in handling serious brain injury claims.

Kate’s clients include major sports organizations, most notably the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Kate has more than ten years of experience handling serious brain injury claims and has in-depth knowledge of the science behind the causes of brain injuries.

She also represents chemical and equipment manufacturers, food distributors, transportation providers, and consumer product companies in a range of matters, including toxic and mass tort claims as well as employment related disputes, litigation around commercial contracts, and insurance coverage disputes.

Kate has tried multiple cases to verdict in various areas of law. Clients value her skill at crafting relatable themes and narratives for the development of a trial story that captures a jury’s interest.

She has served as outside counsel for a national food distribution company in 17 jurisdictions and has handled cases involving food poisoning, personal injury, breach of contract claims, trucking-related litigation, and insurance coverage issues. Kate has also litigated California class actions relating to “no injury” consumer product class allegations and price fixing class allegations. In all her work, Kate takes a pragmatic, no-nonsense approach, maintaining a keen awareness of her clients’ business constraints and overall risk management strategy. Kate litigates all aspects of her cases with a vision toward potential trial, and she develops fact and expert witnesses and the evidence with this long view in mind, identifying resources and crafting motions that are designed to increase efficiency and minimize risk.



University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 2000
Managing Editor, University of San Francisco Law Review
Member, University of San Francisco National Moot Court Team

Washington and Lee University, B.A., English and Religious Studies, 1994

Bar Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Professional Memberships

Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Trucking Law Committee

International Association of Defense Counsel
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Publications & Presentations

“Three Ways Law Firms Can Guard Against Burnout,” (co-author) Of Counsel (January 2021)
“Sponsors, Influencers & Career Engineering for Legal Counsel," (panelist) Women, Diversity & Change, The Women in Law Summit Series, San Francisco, CA (June 11, 2019)
“Succeeding in Male Dominant Environments,” (roundtable discussions moderator) The Women Diversity and Change Summit, San Francisco, CA (November 7, 2018)
“Defending Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Claims: Attacking Claims of Cognitive and Psychosocial Deficits,” In-House Presentation, Columbus, OH (September 2017)
“Defending Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Claims,” In-House Presentation, Denver, CO (August 2016)
“Trial Practice Nuts and Bolts: Procuring and Managing the Company Witness,” American Bar Association, TIPS Section Conference, Philadelphia, PA (April 2015)
“Using Surveillance Materials in Discovery: How, When, and Why,” Network of Trial Law Firms Litigation Management CLE Super Course, San Diego, CA (October 2014)
“After the Ballots Are Counted — How Will the Focus of the CPCS Change?,” DRI Product Liability National Conference, National Harbor, MD (April 2013)

Community Service

Equal Rights Advocates, Steering Committee (2018-2019)
Legal Services for Children, Pro Bono Panel Attorney