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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Attorneys Rising Star||Los Angeles Magazine||2014|
|Top Women Attorneys||Los Angeles Magazine||2013|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2013|
|Top Women Attorneys||Los Angeles Magazine||2012|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2012|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2011|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2010|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2009|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2008|
|Winner||William M. Byrne, Sr. Trial Advocacy Competition||2003|
|Dean's Honor List||N/A||1996|
|Attorney/Owner||The Gillespie Law Firm||2010 - Present|
|Attorney||Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman||2007 - 2011|
|Associate||Yukevich, Calfo & Cavanaugh||2005 - 2007|
|Associate||Murchison & Cumming, LLP Lawyers||2003 - 2005|
|Legal Intern||Murchison & Cumming||2002 - 2003|
|Law Clerk||Harriett Buhai Law Center||2001 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Beverly Hills Bar Association||Attorney Member||2011 - Present|
|Santa Monica Bar Association, Family Law Section||Attorney Member||2011 - Present|
|Women's Lawyers Association of Los Angeles||Member||2011 - Present|
|Admisision to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin||N/A||2008 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Attorney Member||2007 - Present|
|Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California||N/A||2005 - Present|
|Admission to U.S. District Court, Southern District of California||N/A||2003 - Present|
|Admission to U.S. District Court, Central District of California||N/A||2003 - Present|
|Admission to California||N/A||2003 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Byrne Trial Advocacy Competition Team||Member||2001 - 2002|
|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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|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' Defense||2010|
|Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|University of Oregon||Psychology||BS - Bachelor of Science||1997|
|Legal Council Webinar||Family Law Financial Management||2012|
Posted by anonymous
I consulted with Ms, Gillespie for a situation where I had been living with an individual for 14 years. There had been admitted infidelities by him and possible health implications. There were also financial dealings that were worrisome.
She was outstanding in her empathy toward my situation. I felt like I was listened to! She advised me of the health risks and to take the necessary tests to give me peace of mind. She advised me to stop all communication with him so that I would not be swayed by him and go back to more abuse by him.
Ms. Gillespie is an astute, highly qualified attorney who knows human behavior and will work so that an individual will not only get excellent legal help but psychological guidance in dealing with very difficult and draining situations.
I highly recommend her. She really was an awesome representative for my situation.
Posted by Callie
I hired Kate at probably the worst time in my life. My husband had left me and my kids in a horrible position. Kate was understanding and she helped me through everything. She talked me through each step and gave me the pros and cons of each choice I made. I felt confident with Kate by my side. And, I'm happy to say -- we made it! I am officially divorced and retained custody of my kids. She is the best, and I would recommend her to anyone. In fact -- I have! She is now helping a co-worker, who has the same reviews as I do. Great lawyer.
Posted by anonymous
Waste of time and definitely a waste of money. Kate Gillespie pretended that she cared about my family law situation. She didn't. She cared about her bottom line and will surely burn through a retainer with very little to show for it. Is she worth $375.00/hour? Heavens no!
She also has a tendency to make the case about her and her outsized ego. When you deal with a prickly attorney like Kate you end up focusing on her perceived slights instead of the issues at hand. I hired Kate with high hopes to resolve my family law situtation based on the reviews and a referral. Oh well. She wasted my retainer and didn't come even close to accomplishing my objectives. More importantly, she blamed me for the shortfall! Admittedly, I did make one critical mistake-I hired this overpriced lawyer.
I should give credit where it is due. She did return calls/emails pretty promptly. However, she gave herself a pat on the back for doing so. She also managed to tell me that she was giving me a break on fees by not charging for certain items. However, that point was not persuasive given her outrageous hourly rate.
Essentially she is saying I ripped you off so now I'm being generous by discounting your bill. I have a better idea. Charge a more reasonable rate and complete the work you were hired to do. Then you don't need to "discount" a bill. Incompetent, smug, and wasteful. She managed to leave my family law situation in the same condition it was when she was retained. STAY AWAY!!!
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