Mark K. Kitabayashi
Mark K. Kitabayashi is the Managing Partner of Lozano Smith's Los Angeles office. He has been named as a 2011 Southern California Super Lawyer. Mr. Kitabayashi has more than 24 years of litigation experience, predominantly in the areas of employment law, local government issues, products liability, environmental, business, construction defect, and personal injury defense.
Mr. Kitabayashi has first and second chaired numerous jury and bench trials and handled more than 75 arbitrations and mediations. Recently, his practice has focused on employment issues, both litigation and certificated/classified disciplinary hearings, throughout the state.
- Newman v. Stringfellow. At the time, the largest toxic tort personal injury case in U.S. history. Claim of personal injury and property damage by approximately 3000 plaintiffs due to claimed exposure to a "toxic soup" of materials that emanated from the Stringfellow waste facility. Plaintiffs' verdict against the client was less than $200,000.00.
- Shiell v. County of L.A. Equal protection action claiming staff members of a non-profit, public benefit corporation were entitled to the same rights, salaries and benefits of County employees because they performed the same work. A dispositive motion was brought on 3 issues: 1) statute of limitations; 2) entitlement to civil service; and 3) entitlement to County retirement benefits. The motion was decided in the County's favor.
- Hall v. County of L.A. Approximately 200 female attorneys of a non-profit, public benefit corporation brought a sex discrimination suit claiming they were not receiving the same salaries and benefits as male employees of the County, even though they were doing the same work. The County brought a dispositive motion on the grounds that plaintiffs were using improper male comparators and had not shown any indicia of discrimination. The motion was granted in the County's favor.
Mr. Kitabayashi has taught several seminars to attorneys and clients on the following topics: How to Take and Defend Depositions; How to Take and Defend Expert Depositions; Overview of Discovery Practices and Strategy in Civil Litigation; Preparing for and Handling Arbitrations; Proper Billing Practices for Attorneys; and Monitoring and Controlling Outside Counsel's Billing Practices.
Mr. Kitabayashi's article, "Discovery in the Information Society: Privacy Rights in the 21st Century," was published in California Litigation, Volume 13, Number 3, in 2000.
Mr. Kitabayashi received his J.D. from the University of Southern California in 1986. He was admitted to the California State Bar that same year. He earned a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1983.
He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Central Districts.