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Kevin Boyle specializes in resolving large high-profile plaintiffs cases by trial or settlement. Kevin represents a number of clients in a wide range of matters -- from catastrophic personal injuries to mass torts to intellectual property infringement to major breach of contract.

Kevin Boyle has been named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Kevin has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America by American Lawyer Media, and has been profiled as one of The Best Lawyers in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Times. Kevin Boyle is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who in American Law, and Marquis Who's Who of Emerging Leaders. Kevin Boyle has been honored as Finalist for the Consumer Attorneys of California's Trial Lawyer of the Year. Kevin was picked to be a Super Lawyer by California Law & Politics magazine. In the past, he was one of four lawyers profiled as a Rising Star by that same publication. Kevin also holds an A-V ranking from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest ranking a lawyer can attain.

Kevin recently settled a case for two Army Chief Warrant Officers injured when their Apache Longbow attack helicopter crashed in Tikrit, Iraq. It is the largest known settlement for soldiers in a case stemming from the war in Iraq ($13.55 million). Kevin was co-trial counsel in the recent Dominguez v. City and County of San Francisco, which resulted in a $27.4 million jury verdict for the wrongful death of a 4 year-old girl and injuries to three others. San Francisco completely denied liability but the jury found it to be 100% liable. That case was named one of the top 10 verdicts in America by numerous publications. In a recent 12-month period, Kevin tried three cases to jury verdict and obtained three verdicts, each over $10 million: Witham/Garcia v. Avjet ($10.2 million verdict for non-economic wrongful death damages plus finding of punitive damages [and $11.7 million subsequent settlement]); Wu v. Singapore Airlines ($15 million verdict for non-economic wrongful death damages in a damages-only trial in federal court); and Marx v. Storage Technology Corp. ($13 million--$3 million compensatory wrongful termination verdict, plus a $9 million punitive damages verdict, plus a $1 million attorneys fee award).

Kevin Boyle is currently one of the lead attorneys on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee the Burlington Northern train disaster cases as well as on the Los Angeles Metrolink train derailment cases. He recently finished his duties on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committees for the cases involving the crash of Alaska Airlines 261 off the California coast and the crash of Singapore Airlines flight 006 in Taipei, Taiwan. Kevin recently represented a small company called Positive Ions, Inc. in a trademark infringement suit against media giant Ion Media Networks (formerly Paxson Communications), which settled for a confidential amount while the defendant’s CEO was testifying during trial.

Prior to founding Panish, Shea & Boyle, Kevin Boyle was an attorney with Santa Monica's Greene, Broillet, Panish & Wheeler. Before that, Kevin served the country as law clerk to the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the United States Supreme Court and, before that, to Judge Melvin T. Brunetti of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Kevin has also practiced on the defense side with the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Kevin Boyle studied law at the University of Arizona. He finished law school first in his class, served as the Business Editor of the Arizona Law Review, and published an article concerning manufacturers' duties to retrofit defective products before they cause further injury.

Kevin is an active member of a Board of Governors of the American Association of Justice (formerly ATLA) NLD. Kevin is on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Amicus Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Kevin is an editor of the ABA's Aviation Law Quarterly. Kevin Boyle is an active member of the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles and the Consumer Attorneys of California. Kevin is also on the Board of the Law College Association of the University of Arizona.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Defective Products: 20%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
  4. Car Accident: 20%
  5. Aviation: 20%



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Panish, Shea & Boyle, LLP

11111 Santa Monica Boulevard Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA, 90025

Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP

IRVINE, CA, 92614



DCActive 199907/06/2016
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2008
Top 100 Lawyers in CaliforniaDaily Journal2007
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2007
Top 12 Plaintiffs Firms in NationNational Law Journal2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Law Clerk to Chief Justice RehnquistSupreme Court of the United States1999 - 2000
Law Clerk to Judge Melvin BrunettiNinth Circuit Court of Appeals1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaN/AN/A
Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Los AngelesBoard of GovernorsN/A
Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Section and Amicus CommitteeMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arizona College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Southwestern University Law SchoolProfessor (Adjunct): California Civil Procedure2012
Loyola Law SchoolGuest Lecturer: Trial Advocacy2012
Southwestern University Law SchoolProfessor (Adjunct): California Civil Procedure2011
Southwestern University Law SchoolProfessor (Adjunct): California Civil Procedure2010
Columbia University Law SchoolGuest Lecturer on Personal Injury and Wrongful Death CasesN/A