A Baltimore, Maryland native, Katrina J. Valencia has over 12 years of experience and has successfully tried to verdict a variety of bodily injury jury trials throughout the state of California. She has also arbitrated personal injury and breach of contract claims. Typically, the damages sought were in the mid-to-high seven figure range. The liability claims have involved various negligence, product liability, premises liability, and breach of contract allegations.
Ms. Valencia’s primary focus is on the defense of civil litigation, case monitoring and evaluations for excess insurers, early and favorable cost effective resolutions where feasible, and trial of cases as necessary and appropriate. Ms. Valencia has served as lead counsel in complex cases involving over 20 parties, coordinating investigations, joint motions, and settlement negotiations. Her aggressive yet personal nature and attention to detail has resulted in the quick resolution or early dismissal of numerous lawsuits brought against her clients.
Ms. Valencia has taught various MCLE courses and published articles on the shifting landscape of recoverable damages, Medicare, and the ethical obligations of both attorneys and insurance carriers in litigation. Additionally, Ms. Valencia is active in various non-profit organizations and previously served as a mentor for at risk youth and as an advocate at Downtown Women’s Center. She is the Community Relations Liaison for her children’s elementary school, an avid reader, and a baseball enthusiast.
B.A., Stevenson University
J.D., Whittier Law School
State Bar of California, 2004
U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member, Trial Lawyers Section)
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Defense Research Institute
Governmental Liability; General Civil Tort; Product Liability; Toxic Tort, Asbestos and Environmental; Professional Liability; Employment; Contract; Administrative and Regulatory Compliance
Recent Representative Jury Trial
2015: Obtained complete defense verdict for large publicly traded water utility in Alameda County wrongful death case. Lawsuit involved alleged and disputed negligent design, specification, procurement and construction oversight activities by client. Plaintiffs appealed judgment after all post-trial motions were denied. CR&D represents client for all trial and appellate purposes.