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I am focused on accountability advocacy as that applies to injury and wrongful death claims and family law matters.  My practice is devoted to assisting families and individual family members.  My priority is to work with my clients to make the legal issues they are dealing with not hurt so much.  The courtroom can be intimidating and confusing place, it's my job to ease that fear and shoulder those legal burdens.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 70%
  2. Personal Injury: 30%



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  • Kerry Lee Wallis

    Kate is professional and practical. I worked with one of her clients, and he had nothing but great things to say about her. I agree-- I trust her with my clients.


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Contact info

The Gillespie Law Firm

11111 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA, 90025


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Attorneys Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2014
Top Women AttorneysLos Angeles Magazine2013
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Top Women AttorneysLos Angeles Magazine2012
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2009
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2008
WinnerWilliam M. Byrne, Sr. Trial Advocacy Competition2003
Dean's Honor ListN/A1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/OwnerThe Gillespie Law Firm2010 - Present
AttorneyBaum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman2007 - 2011
AssociateYukevich, Calfo & Cavanaugh2005 - 2007
AssociateMurchison & Cumming, LLP Lawyers2003 - 2005
Legal InternMurchison & Cumming2002 - 2003
Law ClerkHarriett Buhai Law Center2001 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationAttorney Member2011 - Present
Santa Monica Bar Association, Family Law SectionAttorney Member2011 - Present
Women's Lawyers Association of Los AngelesMember2011 - Present
Admisision to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of WisconsinN/A2008 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesAttorney Member2007 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of CaliforniaN/A2005 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Southern District of CaliforniaN/A2003 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Central District of CaliforniaN/A2003 - Present
Admission to CaliforniaN/A2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Byrne Trial Advocacy Competition TeamMember2001 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Knipe v.SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 553 (E.D.Pa 2008)N/A
Knipe v. SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 602 (E.D.Pa. 2008)N/A
Cunningham v. SmithKline Beecham, 255 F.R.D. 474 (N.D.Ind. 2009)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
BNA's Toxics Law Reporter Vol. 25, No. 20"BNA Insights: Acquiring Immunity to the Learned Intermediary Defense,"2010
Advocate"Outsmarting The 'Learned-Intermediary Doctrine' Defense2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of OregonPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal Council WebinarFamily Law Financial Management2012