Ken Kasdan

Senior & Managing Partner

Ken Kasdan is one of the nation’s leading construction defect attorneys and has been the managing partner of Kasdan LippSmith Weber Turner, which he established, for more than 25 years. He earned his law degree from the State University of New York, at Buffalo, and his bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York. Ken was admitted to the California State Bar in 1976, and is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. He was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 2003.

Ken is a member of the American Bar Association (Member: Business Law Section); Committee on Commercial Financial Services; Subcommittee on Interest and Usury, Creditor Rights; Litigation Section; Construction Industry Forum Committee; State Bar Association of California; Orange County Bar Association (Member: Business Litigation Section); Orange County Trial Lawyers Association; Judge Pro Tem, Orange County Superior Court; the Orange County Superior Court Judicial Arbitration Panel; the Maricopa County Bar Association; and Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC).

Ken has been rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble, the highest rating achievable for both skill and ethics. He has also been selected for inclusion as a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2006.

Ken is a member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO).

Ken sits on the Board of the Construction Defect Community Charitable Foundation (CDCCF). Established to provide financial assistance for active members of the construction defect community, the CDCCF helps individuals who have uninsured expenses due to a disability, illness, and/or the death of a community member or an immediate family member.

2015-2012 SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

West Coast Casualty’s 22nd Annual Construction Defect Seminar
Member: Speakers and Topics Committee
May 14-15, 2015
Disneyland Hotel & Convention Center, Anaheim, California

MC Consultant’s 21th Annual Construction Defect Conference
Member: Speakers and Topics Committee
September 16-18, 2015
Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California

West Coast Casualty’s 21st Annual Construction Defect Seminar
Member: Speakers and Topics Committee
May 15-16, 2014
Disneyland Hotel & Convention Center, Anaheim, California

West Coast Casualty’s 21st Annual Construction Defect Seminar
Featured Panelist: “A Multi-Jurisdictional Review of Consent Judgments and Bad Faith Set-Up Cases”
May 15-16, 2014
Disneyland Hotel & Convention Center, Anaheim, California

MC Consultant’s 20th Annual Construction Defect Conference
Member: Speakers and Topics Committee
September 17-19, 2014
Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California

HB 2013 Construction Litigation Leaders’ Forum
Leadership Panel: Ken Kasdan, Esq., Richard Glucksman, Esq., William Mayer, Thomas Brown
March 14-15, 2013, Los Angeles, California

West Coast Casualty’s 20th Annual Construction Defect Seminar
Member: Speakers and Topics Committee
May 15, 16 and 17, 2013, Anaheim, California

MC Consultant’s 19th Annual Construction Defect Conference
Member: Speakers and Topics Committee
September 18-20, 2013, San Diego, California

MC Consultant’s 18th Annual Construction Defect Conference
September 20-21, 2012, San Diego, California

DRI Construction Law Seminar
September 20-21, 2012, Phoenix, Arizona

WESTCON
June 20, 2012, Berkeley, California

West Coast Casualty’s 19th Annual Construction Defect Seminar
May 12-13, 2012, Anaheim, California

HB Construction Litigation Leaders’ Forum
March 8-9, 2012, Marina del Rey, California

kkasdan@kasdancdlaw.com

Graham B. LippSmith

Graham LippSmith
With career settlements and verdicts valued at more than $1 billion, Graham B. LippSmith has had great success at a young age and in a wide variety of cases.

Graham focuses his practice primarily on class action, mass tort, construction defect, serious personal injury and business cases. Graham has gone toe-to-toe with the world’s most powerful companies to win up to nine-figure cases. Predicting what was to come, The Daily Journal honored Graham at 31 years old in its “Top Twenty Under 40” for 2008.

Graham spearheaded one of the largest class action settlements in California history, a $550 million settlement for a nationwide class of 12.5 million Farmers Insurance Exchange subscribers. Graham also managed an inventory of more than 600 NFL retirees and their spouses and served on the exclusive Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the NFL Concussion Litigation, in which a landmark uncapped settlement is pending. Most recently, Graham negotiated a $35.7 million settlement for homeowners in Hawaii that, if approved, will repair thousands of homes with dangerous defects in their wind-resistance systems, in addition to paying millions in cash. These are but a handful of the numerous success stories that Graham has achieved to date.

Graham was admitted to California in 2002 and has since prevailed in dozens of class action and individual cases. Graham then expanded his practice to Hawaii where he has several large cases pending. Graham has received many honors and awards, including the #1 Settlement in Verdict Search’s Top 10 Settlements for 2011, the Daily Journal’s Top Twenty Under 40, California Lawyer’s CLAY Award for Attorney of the Year in Litigation and two consecutive nominations for Consumer Attorneys of California’s Consumer Lawyer of the Year. Graham also is a regular speaker at legal conferences and has been selected for Los Angeles Magazine’s Super Lawyers since 2013 and Rising Stars from 2004 through 2012.

Representative Clients, Cases, Settlements & Verdicts

  • Nationwide Class of 12.5 million Farmers Exchange subscribers charged excessive management fees—$548,734,348 Settlement
  • In re: NFL Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation on behalf of 600+ NFL retirees and spouses for concussion injuries—Uncapped Settlement (pending appeal)
  • Nationwide Class of a 300,000+ homeowners with Viega/Vanguard PEX plumbing systems—$62,000,000 Settlement Value
  • California Class against watercraft manufacturer—$19,879,329 Settlement Value
  • Classes of 2,536 Hawaii homeowners with defective wind protection and PEX plumbing systems—$35,700,000 Settlement
  • Class of Ponzi scheme victims against global bank—$17,040,000 Settlement
  • Victims of childhood sexual abuse at group care facility—$15,850,000 Settlements
  • Victims of childhood sexual abuse at group care facility—$12,564,600 Jury Verdict
  • Class of Ponzi scheme victims against national bank— $8,250,000 Settlement
  • Breach of attorney fee agreement—$5,000,000 Settlement
  • Victims of childhood sexual abuse at group care facility—$3,531,200 Jury Verdict
  • Patent infringement—$3,500,000 Settlement
  • Breach of contract—$3,100,000 Settlement
  • Breach of contract/bad faith—$3,000,000 Settlement
  • 25 businesses flooded by government entity—$2,700,000 Settlement
  • Auto v. pedestrian catastrophic injury—$2,500,000 Settlement
  • Patent infringement—$1,500,000 Settlement
  • Government van v. auto—$1,400,000 Settlement
  • Patent infringement—$1,250,000 Settlement
  • Trademark infringement/Lanham Act violation—$1,100,000 Jury Verdict
  • Pool defect/drowning—$1,050,000 Settlement
  • Defamation and breach of contract—$1,027,648 Arbitration Award
  • Class of homeowners with defective plumbing fittings— $21,000,000 Settlement
  • Motorcycle v. Auto— $500,000 Settlement

Practice Areas

  • Class Action
  • Mass Torts
  • Construction Defect
  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Entertainment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Litigation
  • Insurance Bad Faith

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, J.D.
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, B.A.
  • Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire

Honors & Awards

  • Top Twenty Under 40, Daily Journal, 2008
  • #1 Settlement in the Top 10 Settlements for 2011, Verdict Search, 2011
  • CLAY Attorney of the Year in Litigation, California Lawyer, 2008
  • Consumer Lawyer of the Year, Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2008
  • Consumer Lawyer of the Year, Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2007
  • Super Lawyer, Los Angeles Magazine, 2013-Present
  • Rising Star, Los Angeles Magazine, 2004-2012

Recent Presentations & Outreach

  • Steering Committee Member/Presenter, Cambridge Forums, Plaintiff’s Class Action Forum, 2012-Present
  • Annual Panelist, Bridgeport Class Action Litigation Conferences, Various Locations, 2008-Present
  • Annual Panelist, Bridgeport Deposition Conferences, Various Locations, 2009-Present
  • Loyola Law School Team Coach & Adjunct Professor, California State Bar Environmental Section, Negotiations Competition, 2006-Present
  • Speaker, Amarillo Area Bar Association Conference, Amarillo, 2014
  • Speaker, Texas American Board of Trial Advocates Conference, Santa Fe, 2013
  • Speaker, HB Litigation Conferences Construction Conference, Los Angeles, 2013
  • Speaker, CAALA New Lawyers Division Roundtable, Los Angeles, 2011
  • Speaker, Society of CPAs, Economic Damages Section Meeting, Los Angeles, 2010

Publications & Editing

  • The Advocate, “Qualified Immunity—Law Enforcement and Corrections’ Officers Lethal Weapon Against Personal Injury and Civil Rights Claims for TASER Use,” 2009
  • The Advocate, “Top Ten Reasons Why You Could and Should Integrate Some Small Business Clients Into Your Practice,” 2006
  • “A Constitutional Critique of Carnivore, Federal Law Enforcement’s Newest Electronic Surveillance Strategy,” 21 Loy. L.A. Ent. L. Rev. 481, 2001
  • The Advocate, Associate Editor, 2009
  • Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review, Chief Note & Comment Editor, 2001-2002; Staff, 2000-2001

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
glippsmith@klwtlaw.com

Stephen L. Weber

Stephen Weber

Managing Partner, Phoenix Office

Stephen L. Weber is a seasoned trial attorney who counsels homeowners on potential construction defects, educates and supports the legal community through publications and speaking engagements, and upholds the highest standards of legal, civil engineering and construction for both ethics and practice. Martindale-Hubble has awarded him with an AV-Preeminent rating; the highest rating available to an attorney for both legal skill and ethical conduct.

Stephen joined Kasdan LippSmith Weber Turner LLP in 2001 and in 2007 became the Phoenix, Arizona branch Managing Partner. His numerous trial experiences taken to verdict include a five month trial involving 279 homes and over 300 witnesses. In complex litigation and arbitration he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants resulting in plaintiff awards ranging from $420,167.00 for a single family home to over $14,000,000.00 in a multi-home case.

Stephen has been admitted to practice in the State Courts of Arizona, California, New Mexico, the Arizona Federal District Court, the Federal District Court, Central District of California, the Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He is a registered civil engineer and began his career in construction as a licensed general contractor. He has been the engineer of record and/or general contractor on over 500 projects ranging from highly custom single family homes, to commercial/industrial buildings, to business office complexes, to the restoration and conversion of a 1920’s historical three-story bank building.

A phrase that Stephen says sums up his career: “Legal Engineer,” combining the technical knowledge and experience of a contractor and engineer with the legal ability of a seasoned trial attorney.

2015 Speaking Engagements

Featured Panelist – MC Consultants’ Arizona Construction Defect Litigation Seminar, An In-Depth Discussion About the New Right-To-Repair Statute, Embassy Suites Hotel, Phoenix

April 23, 2015

Member, Panel of Construction Neutrals, American Arbitration Association AAA

2014 Speaking Engagements

West Coast Casualty’s 21st Annual Construction Defect Seminar
May 15–16, 2014 Disneyland Hotel and Convention Center, Anaheim, California
Featured Panelist: “Arbitration Issues and Construction”

MC Consultant’s 20th Annual Construction Defect & Insurance Conference
Sept. 17-19, 2014 Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California
Featured Panelist: “Arizona/Nevada–Coverage and Current Trends”
• New Arizona Local Rules and Case Law
• Additional Insured Issues
• Control of Litigation by the Insurance Carriers
• SIRs–the Effect of Primary, Excess and AI Carriers
• Sweeps Mediation Committee Proposal CMO & Mediation Protocols

2013 Speaking Engagements

West Coast Casualty’s 20th Annual Construction Defect Seminar
May 15–17, 2013 Disneyland Hotel and Convention Center, Anaheim, California
Featured Panelist:“Getting Back to the Basics and the Reason Why the WCC Seminar was Begun in the First Place”

2012 Speaking Engagements

West Coast Casualty’s’ 19th Annual Construction Defect Conference
May 17-18, 2012 Disneyland Hotel & Convention Center, Anaheim, California
Featured Panelist: “The Voyage of the Yellow Brass Submarine or NewDefects.com–A Look at Emerging Defect Trends”

Other Speaking Engagements

Numerous speaking engagements on insurance coverage for construction liability claims to various insurance claims handling groups.

Publications

“Stress Test–Distress Damages in Construction Defect Litigation”
Multifamily Executive, Volume 5, Issue 5, May 2000

“Is The Builder Liable for Defects Which Have Not (Yet) Caused Damage? –The Dividing Line between Contract and Tort Liability”
Multifamily Executive, Volume 4, Issue 2, February 1999

“Selecting a General Contractor–How to Protect Yourself Against Shoddy Work”
Multifamily Executive, Volume 4, Issue 4, April 1999

“House Rules–Is the Extent of a Contractor’s Liability for Economic Loss Due to Code Violations Changing?”
Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, March 6, 1998

“Let Us Appraise–Appraisal Procedure Has Advantages Over Litigation”
Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal,1998

“10-year Statute of Limitations for Latent Construction Defects May be Avoidable”
Design/Build Business, Vol. 63, No. 5, May 1998

Construction Law Update, Editor, A quarterly publication summarizing developments in construction law provided to Insurance Company Clients of Berger, Kahn, Shafton, Moss, Figler, Simon and Gladstone (now, Berger, Kahn), 1997–2001

“Sexual Harassment Lawsuits: Does the Commercial General Liability Insurance Policy Protect the Employer?”
Western State University Law Review, Vol. 22, Number 2, Spring 1995

sweber@kasdancdlaw.com

Michael D. Turner

Mike Turner
Michael D. Turner, Partner, has been with Kasdan Lippsmith Weber Turner LLP since 1995. Michael’s practice specialty is construction defect, with an emphasis on condominiums. Michael graduated from the University of Michigan School of Law and earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.

He was admitted to the California Bar in 1986 and was Attorney of the Year, Constitution Rights Foundation in 1991. Michael has been selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Construction Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.

Michael’s professional memberships include the State Bar Association of California, the Community Associations Institute (CAI), and the Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO).

He says a phrase that sums up his professional life is, “be prepared, polite, patient, and persistent”.

Education

  • Law Degree: University of Michigan School of Law

 

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree: Indiana University

 

Admitted to Practice

  • State of California

 

  • S. District Court, Southern District of California

 

  • S. District Court, Central District of California

 

  • S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

 

  • S. Supreme Court

 

Professional Association Memberships

  • State Bar Association of California

 

  • Community Associations Institute (CAI)

 

  • Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO)

 

 

Professional Recognition

  • Attorney of the Year, Constitution Rights Foundation, 1991

 

  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Construction Law
mturner@kasdancdlaw.com

Robert Brina

Robert Brina
Robert R. Brina, Esq., Partner, has been with KasdanLippSmith Weber Turner LLP since 2004. His practice focus is that of construction defect with an emphasis on schools, churches, and condominiums.

He earned his Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law, where he was an Editor on the Board of Editors of the UCLA Law Review; and his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of California, Berkeley (where he received both a Phi Beta Kappa Fellowship and a Ford Foundation / Dean’s Career Fellowship). He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Georgetown University with an A.B. degree in English literature.

Robert was admitted to the California State Bar in 1985 and the Arizona State Bar in 2008. He is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is a member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO).

Among his published articles is “The Jury Verdict Method,” Chapter No. Ten, in 1996 Wiley Construction Law Update, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, (1996) (analysis of the “Total Cost Claim” methodology in construction disputes and how such methodology has been received by the courts).

rbrina@kasdancdlaw.com

Scott J. Thomson

Scott J. Thomson
Scott J. Thomson joined Kasdan LippSmith Weber Turner LLP in 2005 and serves as managing partner of the Walnut Creek legal team. For over 10 years Scott’s law practice has focused on construction defect, homeowners associations, land subsidence issues, contracts, and class action lawsuits.

Scott has had extensive practice in litigation, contracts, negotiation, business disputes, alternative conflict resolution, and statutory review, having represented homeowners, businesses, and homeowners associations in matters both involving litigation and general services.

Scott graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles; and earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University at Northridge. Prior to becoming an attorney Scott assisted contractors in obtaining their California State Contractors License.

Scott was admitted to the California State Bar in 2005.

His professional association memberships include the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO).

Education

• Law Degree: Southwestern University School Of Law, Los Angeles, California, Magna Cum Laude
• Bachelor of Arts Degree: California State University at Northridge

Admitted to Practice

• State of California
• U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
• U.S. District Court, Central District of California
• U.S. District Court. Eastern District of California

Recognitions

• Super Lawyer Rising Star 2015
• Super Lawyer Rising Star 2014
• Super Lawyer Rising Star 2013
• Super Lawyer Rising Star 2011
• Super Lawyer Rising Star 2009

sthomson@kasdancdlaw.com