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 I have been a  highly  successful  trial  lawyer  for  30  years,  with  extensive  experience in many different areas. My primary focus, however, is  civil  and business litigation.




I have represented hundreds of businesses and individuals in matters ranging from simple contract or business disputes, to matters as complex as patent and antritrust litigation, and everything in between.


No case is too small or simple, or too large or complex. If I choose to take a case, I will give that case my utmost attention and interest regardless of its size or complexity.




There is nothing I value more than my reputation.


I humbly like to think I have attained a high level of respect from my peers and clients, as well as from the judges I have been appearing before for the past 30 years. 


As a former clerk for the California  Supreme Court,  and judge pro tem of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, I have a unique appreciation for what makes  a compelling presentation, and winning case. 


I was once described by a senior federal district court judge as one of the top three attorneys who had ever practiced before him.


I valued that endorsement, as much as the praise I received from the late Stanley Mosk when I clerked under him on the California Supreme Court, and as much as the honor I had in being an associate editor of the California Law Review while attending the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall Law School. 




I am a tough, battle-hardened trial lawyer who has passion for the practice of law.


I am fiercely competitive, and have a have frequently been described by both clients and adversaries as a " "bulldog'. 


While I fight hard to win cases, I also consider myself to have good common sense and a modicum of fairness. These skills help me quickly size up a case, and know when to fight, and when to settle.


It is at least as satisfying for me to settle a case fairly, and without large fees, as it is to win after a long and difficult trial. Thus, I will try hard to settle a case, but only on terms I belive are fair to my clients.




While I enjoy the practice of law, and devote whatever time is required to achieve success, I have many other interests as well.


I have two sets of twin boys, all of whom are in elementary school, and a beautiful wife, who in her former life was an excellent family law lawyer. I treasure the time I get to spend with all of them.


I am also an avid sports fan, and would-be athlete. In my younger days, I played a lot of tennis, basketball, and baseball. Nowadays, the most exercise I get is chasing, or being chased, by my four boys.


All in all I consider myself fortunate to have an excellent law practice and a great family.




Clients  frequently ask why I don't work for a firm, or hire a bunch of associates, and run a law mill that cranks out the cases and billable hours.


After being an associate at a huge law firm, and a partner in a boutque Westside firm, I have come to realize I am better able to serve my clients by handling the cases myself.


In that manner, I  can control both the quality of the work, as well as the billable hours. 




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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    36 years, 500 cases
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 35%
    36 years
  3. Consumer Protection: 5%
    36 years
  4. Employment & Labor: 5%
    36 years
  5. Other: 15%
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    I endorse this lawyer's work. Ken is one of the best, hardest working, bright and most creative lawyers with whom I have ever worked. We have worked on many matters over the last 20 years, nearly all of which have been resolved spectaculary.


    Jeffrey Zukerman Corporate & Incorporation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I highly endorse this lawyer's work. Ken is a terrific lawyer in all aspects. He is brilliant, tenacious, hardworking and a zealous advocate for his clients. I had the pleasure of working with Ken on two very hard fought, complex civil litigation matters. It was his unflappable tenacity, hardwork and sharp intellect that helped us achieve excellent results for our clients. Ken always conducts himself in accordance with the highest standards and ideals of professionalism and civility. I look forward to having the opportunity to working with him again any time!


    Nancy Bornn Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

300 E Esplanade Dr Ste 900
Oxnard, CA, 93036


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
California Law Review, Associate Editor (2 Years)University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall Law School1979
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Sole PractitionerLaw Office of Kenneth E. Chyten2002 - Present
PartnerLevin, Stein, Chyten & Schneider1990 - 2001
N/APillsbury, Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw Pittman)1979 - 1983
Law ClerkCalifornia Supreme Court1978 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar Assoc Litigation Section Trial PracticeOfficer1998 - Present
Ventura County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association Small Firmsmemb1996 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationOfficer1995 - 2008
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1980 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
A/R Capital, LLC v. Good Nite Inn, Inc., et al.Judgment in favor of defendants.
Cantwell-Anderson v. Patrick Garofalo, Esq.$500,000.00 judgment for Garofalo.
Zehil v. Alistair DuncanJudgment for Alistair Duncan.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Business Owner's Guide to Bounty Hunter LawsuitsThe Builder's Guide to Avoiding and Defending Construction Defect Litigation2009
The Hotelier's Guide to Avoiding and Defending LawsuitsThe Hotelier's Guide to Avoiding and Defending Lawsuits2009
The Business Owner's Guide to Avoiding and Defending Bounty Hunter LawsuitsA Business Owner's Guide to Avoiding and Defending Bounty Hunter Lawsuits2009
California Law ReviewCase Review, California Supreme Court1979
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Univ of California San DiegoSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Orange County Bankruptcy SeminarLegal Rights of Creditors In the Wake of the Orange County Bankruptcy1994