Kathleen Strickland has been a trial attorney for more than 30 years. She has tried over 30 civil cases in 14 states, all to a defense verdict. Before turning to civil law, Ms. Strickland prosecuted more than 150 criminal trials. Due to her extensive trial experience, she has been retained as a first chair trial lawyer and punitive damages specialist in many "bet the company" cases. She is a sustaining member of PLAC, Product Liability Advisory Council. She is a certified Mediator, ADR neutral, settlement conference officer for the San Francisco Superior Court and has been selected to serve as an Early Neutral Evaluator for the Northern District Court. She also serves in Leadership appointments with ABA/Tips and is on the Board of Directors of the ABA/Tips Fellows. She is on the Board of Directors of RMKB and serves as Resident Director of its San Francisco office.
Ms. Strickland’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, class actions, cybersecurity and mass torts. Her class action experience has involved defense of companies targeted with consumer product class claims. Her class action experience has spanned a wide range of different consumer products on the market. Commercially, she has defended large developers in construction cases as well as defended chemical companies and commercial developers in environmental lawsuits alleging lost profits/business opportunity due to environmental contamination in soil and groundwater. Her toxic tort practice has consisted of defending large multi-national corporations in mass tort and "putative class" cases in which hundreds of plaintiffs seek recovery for injuries allegedly arising from exposure to air or water contamination or from chemical, pharmaceutical or health products. Ms. Strickland has been consistently named from 2012-2019 by the Northern California edition of Super Lawyers® in the Class Action and Mass Tort category. She has been recognized by Thomson Reuters - San Francisco Magazine special section, as one of the 50 Top Women Attorneys in Northern California in 2014 and 2015. For two decades she has held the highest AV rating assigned by Martindale-Hubbell™ and is both a recognized trial lawyer as well as a certified mediator. She regularly counsels clients on loss prevention. She is professionally active and continues to write and lecture frequently to many industry and professional groups on these topics. For the past 25 years, she has taught Trial Advocacy at both Stanford University Law School and the University of San Francisco School of Law.
For more than 25 years she has been a leader in ABA/TIPS. After 18 years of service as Vice-Chair of the Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee, the Product Liability Committee, and the International Law Committee, in 2011 she was appointed by ABA/TIPS to Chair the Disaster Task Force. In August 2012, she received the ABA Leadership in Action Award for Outstanding Contributions to TIPS for the 2011-2012 Bar year due to this work. Since that time, she has received two other Leadership in Action Awards, in 2014-2015 and in 2016-2017, for her work as Chair of the Cybersecurity Task Force. The success of this work is exemplified by the establishment of a new General Committee for TIPS, which launched in August 2017, entitled the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee, with Ms. Strickland as its first Chair. This is a memorable achievement for both TIPS and Ms. Strickland. It is the first newly created TIPS General Committee in 15 years. She also serves on Scope and the CLE Board, and in the past has been a member of the Long Range Planning Committee.
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