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About Me

I am the only lawyer in California certified as a specialist in both appellate law and in legal malpractice law by the State Bar of
California, Board of Legal Specialization. If you have just lost your case and are trying to decide whether to appeal or to sue your lawyer (or both), you may wish to consult with me.  My practice emphasizes appellate matters, legal malpractice litigation,
counseling in legal ethics and liability loss prevention, and consultation in those areas.  I also handle business and
civil rights litigation and select personal injury cases.
Many of my clients are professionals. Out of respect for their privacy, I do not seek client endorsements, nor do I identify my clients unnecessarily.


For seven years, I served on the Board of Directors of Sacramento Child Advocates, Inc., a non-profit agency whose attorneys and social workers represent abused and neglected children in the dependency system in Sacramento County.  I recently completed my Board service as Chair. See:



Languages Spoken: French

Practice Areas


  1. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 35%
    31 years, 500 cases
  2. Appeals: 25%
    26 years, 100 cases
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
    31 years
  4. General Practice: 20%


Payment Types:

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Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • David Eugene Smith

    Few issues are more challenging for attorneys than ethical issues arising from a litigation practice and potential professional liability concerns. Betsy Kimball has extraordinary skills in the analysis of ethical issues and the formulaton of a plan for an appropriate and expedient resolution of complex issues. I heartily endorse Betsy Kimbal for any matters involving ethical concerns or professional responsibility.


    David Smith Medical Malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Chad Banks Wootton

    I highly endorse this lawyer. I have worked with her in the past. She is an excellent attorney.


    Chad Wootton Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Kimball & Wilson, LLP

3600 American River Drive
Suite 215
Sacramento, CA, 95864


ALAuthorized to practice law197609/11/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Nothern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Certified Specialist, Legal MalpracticeCalifornia Board of Legal Specialization2011
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Certified Specialist, Appellate LawCalifornia Board of Legal Specialization2005
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Chair, Board of DirectorsSacramento Child Advocates2008 - 2009
Vice-Chair, Board of DirectorsSacramento Child Advocates2002 - 2007
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law1993 - 1993
Adjunct ProfessorCalifornia State University, Sacramento1987 - 1988
Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of California, Committee on Professional Liability InsuranceMember2012 - Present
Sacramento County Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionBoard Member2009 - Present
Capitol City Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
California Appellate Defense CounselMember2003 - Present
Committee on the Appellate Courts, State Bar of CaliforniaMember2003 - 2006
Central California Appellate ProjectPanel member2002 - 2009
American Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Alabama State Bar AssociationMember (inactive)1976 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1975 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Roberts v. Lomanto (appeal)favorable
K.R.L. Partnership v. Superior Court (appeal)favorable
Slovensky v. Friedman (appeal)favorable
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Publication NameTitleDate
The Litigator (CCTLA)"'ALF' - Minimal Guidance (So Far) for California Lawyers"2013
The Litigator (CCTLA)"Ethics and Lawyer Law, The Year in Review"2012
The Litigator (CCTLA)"Is It Time to (Re-)Consider Using a Binding Arbitration Clause in Your Retainer Agreements?"2012
The Litigator (CCTLA)"Do You Always Comply with Rule 3-310 of the Rules of Professional Conduct?"2012
The Litigator (CCTLA)"What Is the First Thing You Thaink about When You Are Taking over a Case from another Lawyer?"2012
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
U of San Francisco SOLN/AJ.D.N/A
Univ of California BerkeleyN/AB.A.N/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
CAOC Annual Tahoe Ski SeminarReferral and Referral Fees: When You Can (And Can't) Give Referral Fees2013
Sacramento County Bar Assn Annual MeetingLimits to the Attorney-Client Privilege2012
Capitol City Trial Lawyers AssnEthics and Lawyer Law - What You Need to Know Now and in the Year to Come2012
Capitol City Trial Lawyers AssnThe Facebook Files: Social Networking and Electronic Communication in PI Cases2012
California Lawyers for the ArtsMediation Lessons from Ghana2012
Pincus Professional EducationUnderstanding SLAPPS: Process and Procedure from Initiation through Appeal2011
Capitol City Trial Lawyers Assn"The Cloud," A Technology, Discovery and Ethics Update2011
Sacramento Valley Paralegal AssnWorking Collaboratively: How Attorneys and Paralegals can Prevent Malpractice and Avoid Ethical Pitfalls2010
Capitol City Trial Lawyers AssnTales From The Trenches, How Not To Get Sued2009
Lorman Educ. ServicesLegal Ethics In California2008