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William Alter Kershaw

Class action Attorney at Sacramento, CA

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For over 25 years, Bill Kershaw has represented clients in class action, mass tort and personal injury cases in state and federal courts, including coordinated and multi-district proceedings. He is a founding partner of Kershaw, Cook & Talley PC and previously Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff LLP.

Prior to entering civil practice, Bill spent nine years in the District Attorney’s Office of Sacramento County where he tried roughly 75 cases to verdict and supervised the Consumer and White Collar Fraud Division, various felony trial teams, and the Career Criminal Unit.

Bill has served as Chair of the California Consumer Protection Council, President of the Sacramento County Bar Association, and Chairman of the Board of Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard. He has served as court-appointed lead class counsel and liaison counsel on behalf of plaintiffs in numerous class actions, mass torts, and consumer related proceedings throughout the United States. 

His dedication to his clients garners local and national recognition. He is named a Northern California Super Lawyer for 11 consecutive years, 2014-2018 Best of the Bar by Sacramento Business Journal, AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, and selected by his peers as a 2015-2018 Top Lawyer in the Sacramento Region.

Bill is actively involved with local organizations and non-profits within the community such as Make-A-Wish, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, WEAVE, Inc., the YMCA of Superior California, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento, and the St. John's Program for Real Change.

Specialties: Class Action Litigation, Complex Litigation, Labor & Employment Law, Product Liability

Practice Areas: Class Actions/Mass Torts (50%), Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%), Consumer Law (20%)

https://www.kctlegal.com/ Office: 916-779-7000

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Licensed for 49 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 1980
Updated 10/09/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1973
Updated 09/10/2022

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Kershaw, Cook & Talley
401 Watt Avenue
Suite 1
Sacramento, CA, 95864

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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Kershaw, Cook & Talley
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff LLP
  • 2002 - 2015
  • Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors
  • Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard, PC
  • 1983 - 2003
  • Consumer and White Collar Fraud Division Supervisor
  • Sacramento County District Attorney's Office
  • 1978 - 1983
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Education

  • Santa Clara University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1972
  • Santa Clara University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969

Legal Cases

  • VeriSign
  • $39 Million Settlement
  • United Parcel Service, Inc.
  • $87 Million Settlement
  • American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • $330 Million Settlement
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Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Chairman
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Secretery
  • 1984 - 1988
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 1984 - 1988
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 1984 - 1988
  • California District Attoney's Association
  • Director
  • 1981 - 1983
  • California District Attorneys Association
  • Director/Board Member
  • 1981 - 1983
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2015
  • Best of the Bar
  • Sacramento Business Journal
  • 2015
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Best of the Bar
  • Sacramento Business Journal
  • 2014
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2008
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2007
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2006
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2005
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Sacramento Class action Lawyer William Alter Kershaw
William Alter Kershaw
Class action Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 49 years
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