LTL ATTORNEYS LLP (LTL) is proud to welcome Patricia Kinaga to its partnership. Ms. Kinaga is widely regarded for her extensive first chair jury trial work in both state and federal courts. For over 20 years, Ms. Kinaga has focused her practice on employment litigation, including class actions, representing private and public employers in high-profile cases. Together with Steve Gonzalez, Ms. Kinaga will serve as co-chair of LTL’s growing employment and class action litigation group.
Ms. Kinaga began her legal career at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, where she gained considerable first chair trial experience, first as a prosecutor specializing in domestic violence and child abuse cases, then as a civil trial attorney in the Employee Relations Section. From there she was recruited to Seyfarth Shaw, where she was promoted to partner. She later became a partner at Jones Day before managing her own firm for the last 8 years.
Her successful first chair trial experience in sensitive cases, including defending a discrimination case brought by a quadriplegic LAUSD school teacher, prosecuting a disciplinary arbitration against a police officer accused of homicide, and defending a large national clothing retailer in a Muslim religious discrimination case, has resulted in her reputation as a preeminent employment trial attorney. Throughout her career, she has been selected to handle difficult matters, including the disciplinary cases against the officers charged in shooting black motorist Tyisha Miller, which drew national attention, a class action involving a popular food chain, and one of the country’s first high profile matters involving a transgender manager. She is also well respected for her expertise in providing preventive advice to help employers avoid litigation. Her practice has included companies in the retail, manufacturing, banking, high tech, healthcare, restaurant and real estate industries, as well as non-profit corporations.
Ms. Kinaga has been appointed to the American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights, and is a member of the Chancery Club. She has served on the President’s Committee on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities, the State Bar Committee on Women, and the State Bar Section on Labor, Public Sector Subcommittee. She is a former president of the Japanese American Bar Association, and is co-founder of a dispute resolution center, a women’s shelter, and a state-wide organization serving Asians and Pacific Islanders with disabilities. Ms. Kinaga has received numerous community service awards, including from Asian Americans Advancing Justice and the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, and was honored with the State Assembly and Senate Women in Business Award, and the prestigious Peter E. Haas Public Service Award from the University of California, Berkeley.
“We are thrilled to have Patty join us as our partner,” said LTL co-founder James M. Lee. “She is a community leader, and has mentored many young attorneys. Her extensive experience and excellent reputation as a trial attorney further enhances LTL’s capabilities in handling high profile and complex cases, as we continue to build a national powerhouse firm that features a diverse trial team.”