Katherine ("Kate") P. Gardiner is a partner in WFBM's environmental litigation department.  She is an experienced litigation and trial attorney who focuses her practice in toxic tort and products liability litigation, with an emphasis in asbestos litigation.  Kate has represented manufacturers, distributors, contractors and premises owners, including multiple Fortune 100 companies, in the power, military defense and construction industries.  She specializes in cases filed in and removed to federal court - both to the Asbestos Multi-District Litigation ("MDL") venued in Pennsylvania and to all California District Courts - and has won summary judgment motions from various federal courts which have, for the first time, clarified both maritime and California law in favor of her clients. 

She has deposed hundreds of plaintiffs, percipient witnesses, and expert witnesses, and she works on all aspects of litigation from the pleading stage through trial and settlement.  She has answered ready for trial in a number of trial courts in San Francisco and Los Angeles Counties.  To continue honing her trial skills, Kate has been invited to participate in numerous Trial Academies, including the IADC Trial Academy (2011) and the Sedgwick Trial Academy (2010).

Kate is a Bay Area native, having grown up in Oakland, and now lives in San Francisco.  She is a relatively new recruit to the sport of curling, taking to the ice after the last Winter Olympics.  Kate participates in a weekly league, where she met her fiance, and frequently travels to Seattle and the Midwest for curling tournaments with her team.  They haven't won one yet, but they are working on it!  Kate is a big opera buff and is a longtime San Francisco Opera season ticket holder. 

Recent Presentations, Conferences & Speaking Engagments

"Recent Developments in Automotive Law,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal; Vol. 47.1.  Fall 2011

"Beginning of a Case & Discovery Considerations,“ HB Litigation West Coast Crash Course Seminar, Panelist.  December 2010
Contact Information
Email: kgardiner@wfbm.com
T: 415.781.7072
F: 415.391.6258
Education
University of California,
Hastings College of the Law
(J.D. 2001)

Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, CA (B.A., 1998)
Memberships
State Bar of California

American Bar Association

California Bar Association
(Litigation & Environmental Sections)

International Association
of Defense Counsel
Trial Academy Alumni
Admissions
California (2001)
United States Court of Appeals,
Ninth Circuit

United States District Court,
Central, Northern, Eastern
and Southern Districts of California

United States District Court,
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Areas of Practice
Environmental Law

Products Liability Litigation

Toxic Tort Litigation