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Certified Specialist, Appellate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization


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Spiegel Liao & Kagay, Professional Corporation

388 Market Street Suite 900
San Francisco, CA, 94111-5379

Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 50%
  2. Litigation: 25%
  3. Antitrust: 25%

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  • Scott Anthony McMillan

    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.


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Certified Specialist - Appellate LawState Bar of California2010
Certified Specialist - Appellate LawState Bar of California2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalSpiegel Liao & Kagay, PC2012 - Present
Special Deputy Attorney General - intermittentCalifornia Department of Justice1995 - Present
Chief Appellate CounselOffice of Independent Counsel in re Cisneros2001 - 2006
Chief Appellate CounselOffice of Independent Counsel in re Espy1995 - 2002
PartnerSpiegel Liao & Kagay, LLP1985 - 2012
Deputy Attorney GeneralCalifornia Department of Justice1976 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Network of Boutique Law FirmsChairman, Board of Directors2013 - 2016
International Network of Boutique Law FirmsPresident2013 - 2016
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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.
Cel-Tech Communications, Inc. v. L.A. Cellular Telephone Co., 20 Cal 4th 163 (1999)Unfair competition claims reinstated.
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Publication nameTitleDate
A Thomson Reuters offering on the WestlawNext legal research platformPractitioner Insights2012
Competition Vol. 11, No. 1“How ‘Federal’ Is California Summary Judgment Law after Aguilar?”2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Harvard UniversityPublic PolicyM.P.P.1976
Harvard CollegeApplied MathematicsA.B.1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
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