Our Practice Experience

Discovery informed by the rules of evidence. Depositions focused on the essentials. Motions made—and not made—with purpose. Negotiations driven by a realistic understanding of the strength of our position. Every decision we make supports an experience-driven strategy for securing a favorable verdict for our clients.

We believe this approach is the most efficient and effective path to successful outcomes—and win after win bears this out in state and federal courts in California and throughout the United States.

Business Litigation

Our business clients include national and international companies, family businesses and individuals whose rights and assets are under attack, whether they find themselves already in lawsuits or in disputes where lawsuits are threatened. The legal theories in the cases of our business clients vary widely, including directors and officers liability, contract disputes over business ownership, executive compensation disputes and more.

Construction Defect Litigation

Whether it is a single-family home, a large residential development or a commercial/industrial facility, the firm’s lawyers have experience representing owners, developers, architects, contractors and subcontractors in construction defect litigation involving latent defects, catastrophic events and water intrusion.

Employment Litigation

Fortune 500 companies and other employers retain us to assist in the defense of employment discrimination cases against managers and others in the course of their employment. The firm has represented civil rights and employment discrimination plaintiffs and defendants in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution throughout California.

Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith

Our insurance litigation practice handles complex insurance litigation cases pending in state and federal courts and on appeal. We represent clients in first-party and third-party contract and bad faith disputes arising out of general liability, homeowner, automotive, excess and disability policies.

Mass & Toxic Tort

Over the past three decades, we have successfully defended manufacturers, suppliers, contractors and premises owners in thousands of toxic and mass tort cases in state and federal courts, in areas including asbestos, silica, benzene, mold, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), groundwater/soil contamination and property damage. Our clients benefit from the efficiency provided by the firm’s resources in the trades and medical community, and from our success in developing long-term legal strategies to minimize future lawsuits.

Product Liability

Product lawsuits are the point of confluence for science, business and law, where the risk for the defendant company often goes beyond a single case or injury to the very existence of the business. BKS’s imaginative and experienced trial attorneys work with experts in every field to defend the manufacturers and suppliers of products that are claimed to have caused injuries or illness.

Professional Liability

The firm’s lawyers have more than 125 years combined experience in protecting the interests of professionals in complex litigation in state and federal courts. Our clients include attorneys, accountants, engineers, architects, insurance brokers and agents, real estate brokers and agents, and health care practitioners.

Transportation Litigation

BKS represents individuals and companies that have been sued as a result of trucking, bus and other common carrier accidents. Our rapid-response protocols help ensure that evidence is preserved and our clients’ rights are properly protected.