Kathleen J. Smith is an experienced civil litigator. Kathi advises clients on and handles all types of civil litigation, including employment matters, wage and hour, business, real estate, trademark disputes, class action defense, trust and probate, and homeowners association disputes. Kathi is experienced in all types of dispute resolution, from mediation to arbitration to civil trial.
Kathi’s accomplishments at the trial level include: judgments in favor of breach of contract, easement dispute, multiple settlements on eve of trial relating to employment discrimination, wage and hour, landlord – tenant breach of contract of commercial lease, contract disputes, business dissolution, and partition. Kathi has also won an affirmed arbitration judgment at the appellate level. Kathi’s client was awarded $1,006,000 in a residential landslide non-disclosure dispute, including a punitive damage award from JAMS arbitrator.
Kathi’s successful mediations include multiple FEHA mediations for plaintiffs in age discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, retaliation disputes; multiple trust and probate dispute mediations; multiple commercial dispute mediations.
Following graduation from law school, Kathi served two years as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. William J. Rea of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and then spent several years in Los Angeles defending product liability lawsuits and enforcing copyrights and trademarks of international designers and software producers. In 1995, Kathi moved to Ventura County where she continued her practice of civil litigation, dispute resolution and business representation. Kathi joined Schneiders & Associates, LLP in 2013 to handle matters relating to civil litigation, trials, arbitration, mediation, and pre-litigation advice.