Kate S. Lehrman

Partner | klehrman@lehrmanlawgroup.com | (424) 208-8415

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Kate S. Lehrman focuses her practice on the representation of corporate clients in commercial and products liability matters filed in State and Federal Court. She is a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rated Attorney, a member of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the premier trial counsel organization in the United States, and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. She has successfully defended multiple high exposure cases in the products liability, commercial real estate and toxic tort arenas in her 27 year career. She is a member of the California, New York and Massachusetts Bars and she has been responsible for national and regional counsel defense programs concerning consumer litigation, manufacture, design and warning defect claims. She has consulted with manufacturers in the development of policies for product litigation management, product warranties, and compliance issues. She has managed and defended complex toxic tort cases, including asbestos and other chemical exposures. She has significant experience implementing strategies for clients involved in national litigation, managing statewide, regional and national caseloads, managing discovery, and conducting expert depositions.

In addition, she has general business litigation experience, including breach of contract, business related torts and real estate broker malpractice.

She is an experienced trial attorney, who has mediated over a hundred cases, and successfully tried multiple high exposure jury cases to verdict.

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REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Abalo vs. Chevron Chemical Company

Represented group of industrial companies that lawfully sent industrial waste to landfill in toxic tort litigation brought by seventy homeowners alleging nuisance, trespass and strict liability, where toxic chemicals from the waste escaped into the surrounding neighborhood. Successfully resolved by summary judgment.

Anderson vs. Allegheny Technologies

Represented industrial manufacturer in asbestos litigation, where critical issues were product identification. Successfully achieved dismissal for client.

Axiom Medical, Inc. v. Accusil, Inc.

Represented manufacturer of plastics in multi-party commercial litigation, arising out of sales of raw material that allegedly failed in medical device application, causing millions of dollars worth of product to be unsaleable. Causes of action included breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentation. On behalf of the client, we counterclaimed against fabricator of the devices, asserting claims and defenses arising under the Commercial Code. After extensive discovery, prevailed on Motion for Summary Judgment, and succeeded in extricating the client from the litigation.

Bellinger v. Land Rover Corporation of the United Kingdom, et al.

Co-trial counsel for defendant automobile manufacturer in products liability case, which resulted in a defense verdict following a three week jury trial.

Concord Express, Ltd. v. Southern Air Transport, Inc.

Represented commercial air carrier in multi-million dollar commercial litigation arising from breach of contract, in failure of commercial air carrier to pay for charter flights between Hong Kong and the United States. Counterclaims included fraud, conversion, quantum meruit account stated and open book account. The action was settled on favorable terms, after the depositions were taken of plaintiff's key employees, which established the fraudulent conduct of top executives.

Dahamija v. BMW of North America, LLC, et al.

Trial counsel for defendant automobile manufacturer in consumer warranty case, which resulted in defense verdict following seven day jury trial.

Data Trend, Inc. v. Jet Electronics and Technology, Inc., et al.

Represented manufacturer of engine monitoring devices in lawsuit brought by entrepreneur, who alleged he formed a joint venture with client to design and manufacture engine monitoring devices for use in small aircraft. Allegations included breach of contract, fraud, negligence and negligent misrepresentation. Damages sought exceeded $2 million based on projected sales. Case proceeded to trial. Court declared mistrial after three days. The case settled on terms favorable to client soon thereafter.

Fant v. BMW of North America, Inc., et al.

Trial counsel for defendant automobile manufacturer in this consumer warranty case, which resulted in a defense verdict following a two week jury trial.

Fowler v. BMW of North America, Inc., et al.

Trial counsel for defendant manufacturer in consumer warranty case, which resulted in a defense verdict following a three week jury trial.

Grieb, et al. v. BMW of North America, LLC, et al.

Trial counsel for defendant automobile manufacturer in consumer warranty case, which resulted in a defense verdict following a two week jury trial.

Gutierrez v. BMW of North America, LLC

Trial counsel for defendant automobile manufacturer in consumer warranty case, which resulted in a defense verdict following a one week jury trial.

Hernandez vs. Allegheny Technologies

Represented industrial manufacturer in toxic tort litigation, where plaintiff claimed that decedent's interstitial lung disease was caused by occupational exposure to grinding tools and metallic dust.

Karapetyan v. BMW of North America, Inc., et al.

Trial counsel for defendant manufacturer in consumer warranty case, which resulted in a defense verdict following a two week jury trial.

LaMantia, et al. v. Alfa Romeo, Inc., et al.

Lead counsel for automobile manufacturer in products liability matter, where jurisdiction was contested and after extensive jurisdictional discovery, plaintiffs dismissed action for waiver of costs.

Mandighomi v. BMW of North America, Inc., et al.

Trial counsel for defendant manufacturer in consumer warranty case, which resulted in a defense verdict following a two week jury trial.

Mayer Moizel v. Fred Sands Realtors, et al.

Represented client in connection with plaintiff's purchase of commercial property. Plaintiff claimed that the Company failed to disclose the true condition of the Property, in that it did not disclose the number of vacancies or the physical and financial condition of the Property. Plaintiff's alleged breach of contract and warranty, intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, intentional non-disclosure, negligent non-disclosure and conspiracy. The firm engaged in extensive discovery and ultimately prevailed on two successive Motions for Summary Adjudication against plaintiff. The Court dismissed plaintiff's causes of action for breach of contract and warranty, intentional infliction of emotional distress and request for punitive damages. The case settled soon thereafter on terms extremely favorable to client.

MG Rover Group vs. Andrews

Represented foreign automotive manufacturer in asbestos litigation arising from alleged exposure to foreign sports cars from 1960-1975. Prevailed on jurisdictional challenge.

Mir v. Land Rover North America

Trial counsel for defendant automobile manufacturer in consumer warranty case, resulting in defense verdict after four week jury trial.

Nguyen, et al. v. Ford Motor Company, et al.

Co-trial lead counsel for defendant automobile manufacturer in products liability death case. Plaintiff claimed vehicle defective, including transmission. Defense verdict following five week jury trial in Orange County Superior Court.

Orr v. Fred Sands Realtors, et al.

Represented commercial broker and agents in litigation filed in California Superior Court, arising from the purchase of an eight suite, commercial mini-mall. Plaintiffs claimed that agents concealed material facts about the Property and intentionally misrepresented the financial condition of the mini-mall, the quality of the tenants and the extent of crime in the neighborhood. The case was prepared for trial and immediately before picking a jury, the parties successfully engaged in lengthy settlement discussions with the trial Judge.

Osborne vs. Allegheny Technologies

Represented industrial manufacturer in toxic tort litigation, where plaintiff alleged exposure to metal dust caused plaintiff's decedent's lung disease and death. Case successfully defended on status of limitations bar, when Demurrur was sustained without leave to amend.

Sierra Pacific v. General Electric

Represented manufacturer of plastics in pre-litigation Mediation brought by designer and manufacturer of residential windows, alleging that joint venture in the design of new plastic clad windows was created and ultimately failed, because design was inferior and application of material was not as represented and advertised. Claims included breach of contract, fraud, and breach of express and implied warranty. Multimillion dollars in damages sought, based on the scope of and investment in the project and projected sales of new product line. After extensive discovery, the case was mediated over a three day period and settled on terms extremely favorable to client.

Smith v. Emerson Electric Company

Trial Counsel for defendant manufacturer of industrial bucket trucks, resulting in defense verdict after four week trial in United States District Court, Central District of California.

Terwilliger v. BMW of North America, Inc., et al.

Trial counsel for defendant manufacturer in consumer warranty case, which resulted in a defense verdict following a two week jury trial.

Wachs v. BMW of North America, Inc., et al.

Trial counsel for automobile manufacturer in this consumer warranty case, which resulted in a defense verdict following a six day jury trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court.