Richard Kellner


Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP

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Los Angeles




Richard L. Kellner : Partner

Richard L. Kellner heads the firm’s class action and mass tort practice. A nationally respected litigator with more than 25 trials to verdict, Mr. Kellner has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, handling claims involving class action litigation, complex business litigation appellate law, plaintiffs’ employment and labor law, civil rights, and law partnership disputes. Among his notable successes is the class action settlement that he obtained as co-lead counsel on behalf of owners of Epson printers, valued at over $400 million. That settlement is considered one of the largest consumer class action settlements in United States history. Mr. Kellner is presently lead or co-lead counsel in over 30 pending class actions, including those against Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Microsoft, Brother, Google, Samsung, and other major technology companies. Richard also represents the NAACP in a class action brought against 15 national banks arising from discriminatory lending practices.

Mr. Kellner is a highly regarded appellate attorney, having argued more than 100 appeals in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court and the New York Court of Appeals. His successes include an impressive string of reversals, including:

Johnson v. GlaxoSmithKline, Inc., (2008) 166 Cal.App.4th 1497
Homestead Ins. Co., Inc. v. Casden Co., (9th Cir. 2007), 2007 WL 1296734
Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Spectrum Community Assn., (2006) 141 Cal.App.4th 1117.
Parkview Villas Association, Inc. v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., (2005) 133 Cal.App.4th 1197
Cordova v. 21st Century Ins. Co., (2005) 129 Cal.App.4th 89
O’Flaherty v. Belgum, (2004) 115 Cal.App.4th 1044

Established by highly esteemed lawyers Brian Kabateck (CAOC Vice President) and Richard Kellner, Kabateck Brown Kellner has successfully recovered well over $800 million against some of the largest, most powerful companies in the world, including Eli Lilly, Epson, Farmers Insurance Company, Google, AOL, AXA Financial, New York Life Insurance Company, 21st Century, Nissan, Yahoo!, TRW, KB Homes, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, and Coca Cola. The firm focuses on insurance bad faith, class actions, mass torts and highly complex commercial litigation for its contingency-only clients.


Albany Law School of Union University (J.D., 1986)

University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1983)
Professional Affiliations:

Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles

Consumer Attorneys of California

Los Angeles County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Bureau of Jewish Education ñ Director

Shalhevet School – Director

Bet Tzedek – Board of Directors

“From Warren to Roberts, A Changing Court,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (December 30, 2010)

“Will Perdue v. Kenny Have Any Impact on Common-Fund Class Actions?,” Westlaw Journal – Class Action (November 17, 2010)

“Labor and Employment Roundtable,” California Lawyer (October 2010)

“The Internet, Indispensible for Providing Class Action Notice,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (August 16, 2010)

“Financial Reform: The Shifting Pendulum of Preemption,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (July 23, 2010)

“The End of Consumer Class Action Arbitrations,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (May 14, 2010)

“Know the Rules for Technology – Based Evidence,” The Recorder (May 11, 2010)

“Cy Pres Myths and Misconceptions,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (March 29, 2010)

“Your Clients Violating State or Federal Law Wiretapping Laws?” Century City Lawyer (February 2010)

“Class Arbitration After Gentry,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (December 29, 2009)

“Five Years Later, Proposition 64, Still Unclear,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (November 2, 2009)

“The Mortgage Loan Crisis and the Option Arm Loan,” Forum Magazine (May/June 2009)

“‘Virtual Representation’ and the Application of Collateral Estoppel to Class Certification Decisions in the Aftermath of Taylor vs Sturgell,” Advocate (2008)

“Insurers Misuse Confidentiality to Obstruct Settlement Negotiations,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (2007)

“Commentary: The Due-Process Implications of Collateral Estoppel for Non-Participating Putative Class Member,” Class Action (Vol. 13, Issue 11, Dec. 2006)

“Attorneys Can Improve Clients’ Prospects for Fair, Just Results,” Los Angeles Daily Journal
State Bar Memberships:

California, New York, Florida and Nevada State Bars.

The United States District Court for the Central District of California, the Southern District of California, the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of California, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the District of Nevada, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.