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Fortune 500 and small business clients, as well as state and local entities, rely on me for my industry knowledge, aggressive advocacy and practical advice.  I have served as national, regional and local counsel for a variety of businesses (as well as governmental entities), who depend on my ability to handle complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels in a cost-effective, results-oriented manner.  

As the first college-educated member of my family and the daughter of two small-business owners, I appreciate the challenges companies face remaining competitive in a rapidly changing business environment without running afoul of state and federal laws and regulations. I focus on helping clients solve their problems based on their goals defined at the outset of a matter—not meeting some billable-hour requirement comprised of unnecessary tasks billed out in six-minute increments.  I pride myself on efficiency—and my staunch commitment to delivering top-notch services and results on complex commercial litigation matters at a fair, reasonable price. 
Clients describe me as a “brilliant strategist,” “excellent communicator,” “cracker jack” and a “value for the money.” In the trial court arena, I have achieved early dismissal at the pleading stage over 75% of the time.  I also have never had a class certified against any of my clients.  I am currently 6-0. In the appellate arena, I have won 80% of my appeals (including the ones that have made their way to the U.S. Supreme Court).  Most recently, I first chaired a nearly two-month-long harassment case brought against California’s Department of Parks and Recreation concerning allegations of sexual discrimination and harassment based on an employee’s sexual orientation, which resulted in an extremely favorable outcome for my client. 


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Defective and Dangerous Products: 35%
    15 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
  3. Personal Injury: 15%
  4. Discrimination: 15%
    15 years
  5. Employment & Labor: 10%
    15 years



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (15 minutes)

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  • Elizabeth Anne Burns

    I whole-heartedly endorse Kelly's work. She is a brilliant and creative lawyer who is very solution-oriented for clients. Kelly is hard-working, insightful and a delight to work with--I cannot recommend her more highly.


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Contact info

Savage Day

4040 Civic Center Drive
Suite 200
San Rafael, CA, 94903


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Northern California Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Northern California Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateGORDON & REES LLP2005 - 2007
Law Clerk to U.S. Magistrate Greg HollowsUnited States District Court, Eastern Division2004 - 2005
Law Clerk to U.S. District Court Judge David LawsonUnited States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan2003 - 2004
Law Clerk to Honorable Mike FainOhio Second District Court of Appeals2001 - 2003
AssociateFaruki, Gilliam & Ireland LLP1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaCommittee on Appellate Courts Board Member2010 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoLifetime Member2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gaeta v. Perrigo Pharmaceuticals Co.Obtained summary judgment
Harsco Corp. v. Kiewit Pacific Co.Obtained partial affirmance
St. Paul Travelers Ins. Co. v. Mark Davis MasonryObtained affirmance
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Publication nameTitleDate
International Association of Defense Counsel NewsletterManaging Risks Associated with Off-Label Promotion of Pharmaceuticals2010
Medmarc NewsletterA Prescription for Managing the Risk of Off-Label Activities2009
Washington Legal Foundation Legal BackgrounderFederal Court Rejects Brand-Name Drug Liability for Generic-Caused Injury2009
Sedgwick Alert TrackerPreemption: Deliberations Continue2009
CALIFORNIA CIVIL WRIT PRACTICEResponsive Pleadings and Petitioner’s Reply2008
The RecorderExtraterritorality and Punitive Damages: Setting Limits on California’s Ability to Punish Defendants for Out-of-State Conduct2008
Washington Legal Foundation publicationHas California Provided a New-End Run Around Preemption2008
Dayton Daily BarCan You Save Your from U.S. EPA Overfiling2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio Northern UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
The Ohio State UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Social Networking: Flash in the Pan or Here to Stay?Social Networking and Business Development2010
Medmarc WebinarPrescription for Managing the Risk of Off-Label Activities2009
Brand Companies at Risk for Products Manufactured by Generic Firms: California’s Conte v. WyethBrand Companies at Risk for Products Manufactured by Generic Firms: California’s Conte v. Wyeth2009
WebinarManaging the Risk of Worker Internet and E-Mail Misuse2008
Northern California Human Resources Association Annual ConferenceManaging the Risk of Worker E-Mail and Blog Misuse2008
Medmarc Insurance Company MeetingPreempting Product Liability Claims Against Generic Drug Manufacturers2008