As a nationally recognized and respected consumer attorney, Brian Kabateck is a preeminent leader in the fight to ensure access to the justice system. He’s a powerful advocate in the courtroom and at the California State Capitol for consumers’ rights and protections.
Mr. Kabateck’s vigorous litigation on behalf of his clients has netted more than a billion dollars in recoveries. He has won many multi-million dollar verdicts, judgments and settlements in the areas of personal injury, insurance bad faith, pharmaceutical litigation, wrongful death, class action, mass torts and disaster litigation. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Kabateck is leading the effort to help struggling restaurant owners across the state file class-action lawsuits against local and state agencies in an effort to recoup operational fees. He’s currently fighting for consumers as the class counsel representing ratepayers suing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for a disastrous overbilling scandal.
Mr. Kabateck recently secured a confidential settlement on behalf of more than a dozen families whose loved ones were killed in the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet off the coast of Indonesia. He also negotiated a global settlement of more than $57 million for 350 mobile home park residents considered the largest settlement of its kind involving a mobile home habitability lawsuit.
Because of his deep knowledge of the law and dynamic speaking style, Mr. Kabateck is a frequent analyst for national, local and legal media outlets. He makes regular appearances on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and CW stations. In addition to his television exposure, Mr. Kabateck often speaks at seminars, law schools and industry events.
During his tenure as president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Brian spearheaded a significant turnaround for one of the nation’s largest bar associations. As Loyola Law School’s Chairman of the Board and a trustee of Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Brian is actively working to place new graduates in the legal field many of whom have been left without jobs post COVID-19.
As the former President of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Mr. Kabateck drew on his strong leadership abilities to bring change to some of the state’s most contentious problems. Under his direction, he brokered a consensus on issues including protecting patient safety and court funding. He has worked tirelessly with the California Legislature and California Department of Insurance to draft many laws for some of the state’s largest industries.
Mr. Kabateck’s ability to straddle the legal and political world has made him a strategic and outspoken advocate for consumer and patient rights. In November, voters will decide whether to overturn the decades old MICRA law which caps non-economic damages at $250,000. Mr. Kabateck is a leader in the fight to lift this outdated and misguided law that deprives the state’s most vulnerable victims from getting the compensation they deserve in medical malpractice cases.
Mr. Kabateck has extensive experience in all judicial forums throughout California. He has argued cases before the California State Supreme Court, California Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. At the State Capitol, Brian frequently works with lawmakers to write bills designed to protect California consumers.