Deborah C. Prosser: Lawyer with Kutak Rock LLP

Deborah C. Prosser

Los Angeles,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone(213) 312-4005

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Business and Class Action Litigation
  • Energy and Environmental Litigation
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Mass Torts and Personal Injury
  • Toxic Torts Defense
University Hobart & William Smith Colleges; Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1973
Law SchoolRutgers School of Law, J.D., 1980
Admitted1983, California

Memberships and Affiliations

•Vice Chair, Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee of International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
•Past Chair, Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Committee of American Bar Association (ABA) TIPS Section

Other Distinctions

California Super Lawyers , 2010-2012
Southern California Super Lawyers , 2013-2014

BornFrankfurt, Germany, July 15, 1950

Ms. Prosser manages national litigation and serves as a first-chair trial lawyer. She focuses her practice on the defense of high-profile toxic tort, environmental, pharmaceutical, products liability and commercial cases.

In the area of toxic tort, pharmaceutical and products liability defense, Ms. Prosser's experience includes representing clients with diversified products ranging from chemicals (benzene, asbestos, silica, adhesives, solvents, industrial premises and silicones), to engines (locomotive, jet engine, construction equipment), to pharmaceuticals (contrast agents), to medical devices (operating room equipment), to agricultural (pesticides and fertilizers), to military equipment, to industrial products (natural gas compressors) and residential appliances (stoves, refrigerators, dryers).

In the area of environmental law, Ms. Prosser has defended private and public entity clients who were target defendants in a mass tort neighborhood suit alleging soil and groundwater contamination, property damages and medical monitoring, and has also handled numerous CERCLA cases involving large-scale contamination sites for both public and private entities.

Ms. Prosser is a seasoned and creative trial strategist with an established track record of identifying her clients' goals, mastering complex expert issues, discrediting her opponents' liability theories, and executing an exit strategy by jury verdict, mediation resolution or arbitration award-depending on the unique aspects of each case.

Ms. Prosser serves as the Vice Chair of the Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and is the Past Chair of the Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Committee of American Bar Association (ABA) TIPS Section.

• National coordinating counsel in asbestos litigation for Fortune 100 company involving industrial premises, products and coke oven plants.
• Lead defense counsel for Fortune 10 company in California Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding No. 4546 involving mass tort claims for exposure to gadolinium-based contrast agents.
• Lead counsel for international real estate company on contaminated site in Vernon, California.
• Commercial arbitration award in favor of aviation company involving claims of $30 million in damages for interior retrofit of Boeing Business Jet.
• Verdict in favor of public entity client in code enforcement trial involving 40-year dispute over unlawful subdivision of residential apartment units.
• Verdict in favor of commercial manufacturer for breach of contract and fraud against a vendor of defective component parts for vehicle natural gas cylinders.
• Over 50 defense verdicts in mass tort trials in Lockheed Litigation involving claims of exposure to industrial adhesives used at Lockheed Skunk Works facility in Burbank, California.
• Coordinating counsel for benzene cases across the United States.


• Kutak Rock/Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Program Speaker, The Ethical Issues Involved with Document Retention for Litigation - May 2012
• Pincus CLE Program Speaker, How to Cross Examine Expert Witnesses - October 2011


February 10, 2012 Downer Livestock Once Again Focus The Supreme Court overturned a California law that required so-called downer or non-ambulatory animals to be immediately euthanized and held out of the food supply. In its decision, the United States Supreme Court held that the Federal Meat Inspection Act's express preemption provision prohibits states from imposing requirements on federally inspected slaughterhouses that are additional or different from the provisions of the Federal Meat Inspection Act, even if the requirements do not conflict.

November 9, 2010 Super Lawyers Chooses Kutak Rock Western Attorneys


Past Events

May 16, 2012 CLE: Common Ethical Issues for In-House and Corporate Counsel

Reported CasesBockrath v. Aldrich Chemical, Cal. Supr. Ct.

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Deborah C. Prosser

601 South Figueroa Street
Los AngelesCA 90071


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