Kimberly Culp- Associate
Kimberly began her law career at Fenwick & West, a
national law firm representing technology and life
sciences clients. Kimberly practiced in Fenwick’s
general litigation and employment litigation groups.
There she represented clients in high stakes cases
involving trademark, copyright, false advertising,
unfair competition, trade dress, trade secret, and labor
and employment issues. She was a member of
numerous trial teams and was the only associate on a
false advertising bench trial in the District of Oregon.
She was also the lead associate on two separate wage and
hour class actions, both of which settled favorably.
Other notable engagements at Fenwick & West include
representation of a copyright client in the Ninth
Circuit, rapid and favorable settlement of a trade dress
action, and special counsel on false advertising issues
for a trial team from another law firm.
In 2009, Kimberly left Fenwick to join the Law Offices of Sanford M. Cipinko, a California Super Lawyer since 2005, where she gained invaluable litigation experience representing her clients in court, at mediation, at arbitration, and before administrative agencies. She negotiated numerous six figure settlements on behalf of her clients. She was also second chair in an arbitration where her client received a six figure award. Kimberly also briefed and argued her client’s case in the California Court of Appeal, winning affirmation of the trial court’s judgment for her client.
Kimberly’s practice at Colt Wallerstein focuses on
high stakes employment and intellectual property
litigation. Kimberly also regularly represents
clients in breach of contract disputes.
Kimberly regularly donates her legal services to the
community. While at Fenwick & West she represented
a civil rights plaintiff in an appeal before the Ninth
Circuit. With co-counsel Kimberly briefed the
appeal and Kimberly argued her client’s case before a
panel at the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit
found for her client and granted the appeal. Other
notable pro bono work includes representation of
an elderly disabled gentleman wrongfully denied his
unemployment rights after termination of his employment.
Kimberly represented her client at the Unemployment
Insurance Appeal Board and won a reversal of the denial
of her client’s unemployment insurance. Kimberly
also donates her time to her alma mater by
teaching law students about the art of appellate
Kimberly lives in Belmont with her husband and
daughter. She enjoys board games and swimming, biking and running.
U.C. Hastings College of the Law – J.D, 2005
Member of National Pace
Environmental Law Moot Court Team
U.C. Davis - Bachelors of Arts, with Honors, 2001. Major in history, Minor in Political Science
William Turrentine Jackson
Scholarship for exemplary research in U.S. History
Law Offices of Sanford M. Cipinko – September 2009 –
October 2010, Associate, San Francisco, CA
San Mateo County Bar Association
WHAT OUR CLIENTS AND COLLEAGUES ARE SAYING:
“Kimberly worked for me and she is one of the brightest lawyers I know. She was an extremely hard worker and she knew how to analyze complex problems and come up with innovative solutions. All of my clients felt working with Kimberly was a very positive experience and they were very happy with her work product.”
Sanford M. Cipinko
“Kimberly is one of the
best attorneys that I have had the pleasure of working
with. She is smart, diligent, professional, ethical and
always prepared for every curve ball. Kimberly truly
cares about her clients and their needs. She is a
zealous advocate for her clients.”
“Kimberly is a competent and decisive attorney. She took the time to listen and understand the issues, and gave professional legal advice and guidance throughout the mediation process. Kimberly is responsive and intelligent in her correspondence in person, over the phone, and in emails. Her honesty and integrity made it easy to communicate and articulate the client's viewpoint which she translated into legal advice and actions.”