Our Practice

Public Entity Litigation
Labor & Employment Litigation
Civil Rights & Constitutional Litigation
Law Enforcement & Police Practices Litigation
Writ & Appellate Practice
Investigations
Mediations & Arbitrations
General Tort & Accident Litigation
State Personnel Board Appeals

Public Entity Litigation

The firm and its attorneys are highly experienced in the area of public entity litigation. Representing over 100 cities, counties, universities, school districts, joint powers authorities, law enforcement agencies, state agencies, as well as other public entities, their officials and employees. The attorneys at AKK have vast experience trying cases throughout California in both state and federal courts as well as federal administrative agencies and tribunals.

Labor & Employment Litigation

Carolee Kilduff leads the firm’s labor and employment practice. Over the past twenty years Ms. Kilduff, a seasoned trial attorney, has represented a number of high profile public officials in controversial and politically charged employment cases. She continues to lecture and provide training to public and private employees on labor and employment related rights, issues and duties. The firm and its attorneys represent public entities as well as private employers in almost every area of labor and employment litigation under both federal and state law. Ms. Kilduff and her team represent their clients on matters of: wrongful termination, sexual harassment, defamation, invasion of privacy, assault, battery, and, discrimination based on: race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age and sexual orientation.

Civil Rights & Constitutional Litigation

A significant percentage of the cases filed against the firm’s public entity clients involve the litigation of complex constitutional issues. Bruce Kilday, one of the firm’s founding partners, is one of only ten lawyers named to Superlawyer.com’s 2005 and 2011 list of Northern California Super Lawyers in the field of constitutional law. Mr. Kilday, and other attorneys in the firm, regularly litigate cases concerning the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution that arise in a wide variety of factual settings involving law enforcement, employment, zoning, child welfare and government entitlements.

Law Enforcement & Police Practices Litigation

Bruce Kilday has been representing state and local law enforcement agencies, administrators and officers for more than twenty-five years. As a former Deputy District Attorney, he has a keen understanding of the issues that confront law enforcement on a daily basis, both in the street and at the administrative level. Mr. Kilday is regularly asked to speak at law enforcement conferences, and has been a P.O.S.T. instructor since 1995 in the “Officer Involved Shootings” course. The firm has represented several elected District Attorneys, the California Attorney General, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and scores of peace officers and law enforcement agencies in cases involving riots and civil demonstrations, confidential informants, officer-involved shootings, unlawful searches and seizures, restraint devices, excessive force, deadly force, K-9 policy and practice, arrest procedures, Taser use, post-arrest interrogations, jail suicides, allegations of cruel and unusual punishment of inmates, unconstitutional pursuit and use of force policies, practices and procedures, discrimination and selective enforcement, conspiracy, warrant tipping, fraud, malicious prosecution, special relationships, failure to protect, failure to provide medical care and a host of other issues arising in a law enforcement context.

Writ & Appellate Practice

John Whitesides heads the firm’s highly successful appellate practice. The firm has represented private and public entity clients on appeal before the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeal, California Supreme Court and California Courts of Appeal, and has an extensive practice prosecuting and defending writ proceedings involving its public entity clients.

Investigations

Charges of discrimination, harassment and other inappropriate conduct by public entities and employees require a prompt, thorough and unbiased investigation. The attorneys who conduct investigations for the firm are all very experienced attorneys who are committed to completing investigations in timely and economical manner.

Mediations & Arbitrations

The firm’s partners serve as mediators and arbitrators in a wide variety of civil cases and as settlement conference judges, early neutral evaluators and special masters for the Superior and United States District Courts.

General Tort & Accident Litigation

The firm has an extensive practice defending public entities in wrongful death, dangerous condition and general liability cases.

State Personnel Board Appeals

Carolee Kilduff has represented city and state entities in State Personnel Board proceedings involving wrongful termination, discrimination, and retaliation claims as well as related state and federal lawsuits.