|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Northern California Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Certified Specialist - Appellate Law||State Bar of California||2010|
|Certified Specialist - Appellate Law||State Bar of California||2009|
|Principal||Spiegel Liao & Kagay, PC||2012 - Present|
|Special Deputy Attorney General - intermittent||California Department of Justice||1995 - Present|
|Chief Appellate Counsel||Office of Independent Counsel in re Cisneros||2001 - 2006|
|Chief Appellate Counsel||Office of Independent Counsel in re Espy||1995 - 2002|
|Partner||Spiegel Liao & Kagay, LLP||1985 - 2012|
|Deputy Attorney General||California Department of Justice||1976 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|International Network of Boutique Law Firms||Chairman, Board of Directors||2013 - 2016|
|International Network of Boutique Law Firms||President||2013 - 2016|
|Young v. Tri-City Healthcare District, 210 Cal.App.4th 35 (2012)||Reversed; mandamus action reinstated.|
|Mileikowsky v. West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, 45 Cal.4th 1259 (2009)||Hearing officer's order overturned.|
|UAS Management, Inc., v. Mater Misericordiae Hospital, 169 Cal.App.4th 357 (2008)||Summary judgment reversed.|
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|A Thomson Reuters offering on the WestlawNext legal research platform||Practitioner Insights||2012|
|Competition Vol. 11, No. 1||“How ‘Federal’ Is California Summary Judgment Law after Aguilar?”||2002|
|Harvard University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1976|
|Harvard University Kennedy School of Government||Public Policy||M.P.P.||1976|
|Harvard College||Applied Mathematics||A.B.||1972|
|Section Education Institute||“How Not to Lose Your Appeal in the Trial Court”||2006|
|Annual Bar Meeting||“Win the Appeal Before Trial: An Appellate Lawyer’s Guide to Perfecting Pretrial Appeals for Trial Lawyers”||2005|
|California CLE||“Litigating the Class Action Lawsuit in California”||2002|
Posted by Dimitri
Mr. Kagay worked on a case for me against a government agency that had taken hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of inventory. He spent time to understand the issues that were at play and his writing was both razor sharp, cutting directly to the issues and making his point effectively, and elegantly simple to understand. He was easy to communicate with and was professional in every sense of the word. He was an asset in my case and in my opinion would be an asset to any client. My case was incredibly complex and Mr. Kagay's had the unique ability not only to understand the deep legal intricacies at play but also to explain them in such a way that even a layperson like myself could easily comprehend his points. I strongly recommend him.
Posted by Anice
Mr. Kagay represented me on two appeals involving a civil case and a bankruptcy case in my effort to collect the judgment from the civil case. I was satisfied with the effort that he put into the case and the skill he demonstrated in representing me. Although we were not ultimately successful in our appeals, I believe he did a good job for me. I would hire him again and recommend him to my friends and family if they had a legal issue.
Posted by Scott
I'm an attorney, and I go to Charles Kagay when I need help on an appeal, a motion, a complicated legal issue, or just sound advice. Mr. Kagay has represented me personally on a number of matters. I am writing this as a client, because I'm truly fortunate to have him as my attorney.
He is really smart. In general, a lawyer has to have some intellectual ability to pass the bar, so as a population most lawyers are smart. But, Mr. Kagay is brilliant smart. Some lawyers make simple issues complicated. He makes the most complicated issues simple. He is able to distill down complicated messes into simple questions, usually with a direct remedy.
His hourly rate is not low, but he makes up with that by efficiency. Representation by Mr. Kagay proves the maxim: "you get what you pay for. " His billing is detailed, so you understand what you are paying for. His billing practices are regular, so you don't get a big surprise.
Through the years that he has represented me, I've watched his winning appeals appear in the law books. He doesn't often lose. He handles such a diverse set of cases, whether it is First Amendment matters, the California anti-SLAPP law, Constitutional law, physician writ review of hospital decisions, price fixing involving multi-national corporations, contract matters involving international transactions, or complicated bankruptcy disputes, there is not a pigeon-hole for his skill set.
His writing is elegant, but easy to read. It is able to grab the readers attention early, and hold on to that attention throughout the brief. Likewise, his oral advocacy is engaging and crisp. He prepares and delivers his oral presentations, which I have had the pleasure of watching on multiple occasions, like a professor giving a faculty seminar. The judges know about him, and treat him with respect, if not deference.
To best describe his personality, think of a physician that treated you really well when you were a child. He has a demeanor that is like a kindly pediatrician, and when you are concerned about a problem, he's able to say in a lawyer manner: let's get to the bottom of this problem and fix it. He is a kind person.
His respectful demeanor is consistent. Even with the worst, most obnoxious adversary, his writing style avoids inflammatory attacks. Mr. Kagay is a gentleman.
Despite success and renown, he is humble and modest. Rudyard Kipling described one test for accomplishment as "if you can walk with kings, but not lose the common touch . . . ". That describes Mr. Kagay. You can call him up and ask him a question, briefly chat with him. Mr. Kagay is pleasant.
It is clear from my dealings with him and my observations of how he interacts with the courts and those around him that he loves law, he enjoys the process, the research, the writing, and finds it rewarding helping people. He was the successful appellate lawyer in a number of California Supreme and Appeals Court decisions, which is really his forte. He wins.
Mr. Kagay is a good negotiator as well. He doesn't try to trick the counter-party, he is direct, and has some techniques that I've seen him use to get the adversary to talk about the dispute in the abstract. Sometimes people get emotionally attached to their case. He is able to get them out of that place through his negotiating method. Mr. Kagay is honest.
Not every case is going to work out in a client's favor. But, I can say without reservation, the best possible outcome in a case will come to pass if Mr. Kagay is on your side. Whether it is an appeal that you have, or just setting the case up so that you are going to succeed at the litigation stage, his involvement is worth the investment.
Scott McMillan, Business Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Charles M. Kagay is a brilliant lawyer, and performs his work with equanimity despite the most desperate or fluid of circumstances. Charles Kagay's name is on some of the most important cases in California regarding Civil Procedure, including Aguilar v. Atlantic Richfield, Cel-Tech, etc.