An accomplished and confident strategist and litigator, Kate Stimeling doesn’t waste time equivocating, euphemizing or waltzing around. She’s a straight talker who likes to get to the point, although she knows how to navigate her way there using empathy and intelligence. She starts working early in the process, coordinating discovery, vetting experts, identifying resources, and crafting motions that are designed to increase efficiency and minimize risk.
In the boardroom, Kate is committed to developing effective, cutting-edge legal strategies. In the courtroom, she practices the art of putting people at ease and building trust by explaining complex legal concepts in simple, understandable terms. She is equally adept at managing and conducting internal investigations of discrimination and other employment claims.
Kate has experience in the areas of product liability, toxic and mass tort, catastrophic personal injury, juvenile law and employment law. The clients and industries she has represented include chemical manufacturers, food distribution companies, transportation and consumer product and equipment manufacturers. She has served as outside counsel for a national food distribution company in 13 jurisdictions and has handled cases involving food poisoning, personal injury, breach of contract claims and trucking-related litigation.
In addition to her six second chair trial experiences, Kate has recently first chaired two trials to verdict involving traumatic brain injury claims and related defenses. She is skilled at crafting relatable themes and narratives for the development of a trial story that captures a jury’s interest. 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.
EducationUniversity 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
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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 MembershipsDefense Research Institute (DRI)
Trucking Law Committee
International Association of Defense Counsel
“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)
Equal Rights Advocates, Steering Committee (2018-2019)
Legal Services for Children, Pro Bono Panel Attorney