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William Alter Kershaw

William Alter Kershaw

Practice areas:

Class Action, Personal Injury

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About Me

For over 30 years, I have represented clients in class actions and complex litigation in state and federal courts, including coordinated and multi-district proceedings. Prior to entering civil practice, I spent nine years in the District Attorney’s Office of Sacramento County and tried approximately 75 cases to verdict and supervised the Consumer and White Collar Fraud Division, various felony trial teams, and the Career Criminal Unit.

I have experience serving as Chair of the California Consumer Protection Council, President of the Sacramento County Bar Association, and Chairman of the Board of Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard. I had the opportunity to serve as court-appointed lead class counsel and liaison counsel on behalf of plaintiffs in numerous class actions, mass torts, and consumer related proceedings throughout the United States. 

As a partner at Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, I have the honor of getting involved with local organizations and non profits within the community such as WEAVE, Inc., the YMCA of Superior California, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento, and the St. John's Program for Real Change. In 2014, I had the unique opportunity of walking a mile wearing heels during the 2014 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in support of WEAVE and their commitment to ending domestic and sexual violence within the community.

Specialties: Class Action Litigation, Complex Litigation, Labor & Employment Law, Product Liability
Practice Areas: Class Actions/Mass Torts (50%), Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%), Consumer Law (20%)


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1973

  1. Personal Injury: 50%
  2. Class Action: 50%



Free Consultation (120 minutes)

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Contact Info

Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, LLP

401 Watt Avenue
Sacramento, CA, 95864



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Best of the BarSacramento Business Journal2014
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerKershaw Cutter & Ratinoff2002 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Sacramento County Bar AssociationPresident1987 - 1988
Sacramento County Bar AssociationChairman1986 - 1987
Sacramento County Bar AssociationVice President1984 - 1988
Sacramento County Bar AssociationSecretery1984 - 1988
Sacramento County Bar AssociationTreasurer1984 - 1988
California District Attorneys AssociationDirector/Board Member1981 - 1983
California District Attoney's AssociationDirector1981 - 1983
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Capitol City Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
VeriSign$39 Million Settlement
United Parcel Service, Inc.$87 Million Settlement
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.$330 Million Settlement

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
Santa Clara UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1969