Christopher Miles Kolkey

Christopher Miles Kolkey

Senior Associate

Christopher Miles Kolkey

Senior Associate

Christopher Kolkey has a wealth of experience with all phases of litigation and is a passionate advocate for his clients.

With innovative strategy and efficient execution, Christopher assists his clients in resolving disputes cost-effectively, always aimed at achieving the most desirable outcome. Christopher has litigated cases on two continents, both the west and east coasts, in state and federal courts, as well as before arbitration panels. He has taken and defended depositions, drafted and argued dispositive motions, and tried cases. His clients include multi-million dollar companies, small and medium-sized businesses, and individuals.

Experience

  • Defended labor union in class action lawsuit filed in the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 11, 138 S. Ct. 2448 (2018). Successfully drafted motion to dismiss, and successfully drafted opposition to motion for preliminary injunction.
  • Defended a family member against a claim filed by trustee in federal court arising from alleged breach of quasi-contract. Successfully drafted and argued motion to dismiss on statute of limitations grounds.
  • Second chair for arbitration over breach of contract, delivering the opening statement and direct-examining key witnesses. The client prevailed at arbitration on his breach of contract claim.
  • Represented eight defendants in complex civil RICO case for $27 million against Taiwanese creditor, drafting 80-page motion for summary judgment, and managing millions of pages of written discovery with over 40 depositions on two continents and hundreds of discovery disputes before two court-appointed special masters. The defendants reached a favorable settlement for even less than the cost of trial.
  • Represented Relativity Media against Netflix over breach of contract. Christopher’s representation included researching, drafting, and arguing an opposition to Netflix’s demurrer, which the Court overruled. Law360 published an article on May 16, 2017 about the high-profile hearing. See https://www.law360.com/articles/924515/netflix-fights-bankrupt-film-studio-s-suit-over-streaming.
  • Second chair for arbitration in Georgia over alleged breach of employment agreement, direct-examining and cross-examining witnesses.
  • Represented individual against insurance broker in lawsuit involving breach of contract and fraud claims. He drafted motions to compel discovery responses and opposed the insurance broker’s demurrer, all of which were successful.
  • Researched and drafted successful motion for summary adjudication in a breach of contract lawsuit for over $1.6 million. The Los Angeles Daily Journal reported about the first-of-its-kind ruling, which relied, in part, on a 150-year old case.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Sacramento Metro EDGE
  • UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, Chief Production Editor
  • Selected by faculty to serve as writing advisor for first-year law students at UCLA School of Law

Honors And Rankings

  • Phi Beta Kappa

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