Kevin V. DeSantis

Kevin V. DeSantis: Attorney with Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick, LLP AV stamp icon
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For more than a quarter century, businesses and business people have turned to Kevin DeSantis for advisement and representation. Kevin has earned his reputation as a practical, trustworthy attorney by providing careful, reasonable and creative strategies and solutions to a wide ranging clientele. A founding shareholder of Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick, Kevin brings his unique approach and personal attention to every client and every matter – large or small. Kevin values his client relationships and prides himself on being prompt and responsive to client needs, placing great emphasis on dialogue and candor with those who he represents.

Kevin is known throughout Southern California as a leader in the representation of licensed professionals, transportation companies, and businesses facing employment issues. A cornerstone of Kevin’s practice has been taking on the unusual cases, with challenging and unique components, including litigation that presents existential “bet the company” threats. He is regularly engaged in complex civil litigation matters focusing on professional liability, commercial disputes, government liability, employment and wrongful termination.

Representing licensed professionals is a responsibility Kevin takes very seriously, and his longstanding relationships with prominent California architects, engineers, accountant and attorneys who have for decades looked to him for his personal involvement on their behalves is the best evidence of the value of Kevin’s involvement. He is also one of only a few attorneys in San Diego County who have been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in the area of professional responsibility and legal malpractice. Each year, Kevin is one of the small group of attorneys who quite literally write the book – he helps author the test taken by those seeking certification as specialists in legal malpractice.

Businesses in the transportation industry also turn to Kevin when facing the complicated challenges that are unique to the industry. Kevin is routinely sought out to represent transportation companies facing employment and class action litigation, and he has developed a reputation for defeating and resolving massive multi-plaintiff class action and representative actions in California and beyond. Kevin’s services to clients in this industry also include developing risk management strategies and long term business plans and legal solutions based on decades of experience representing taxi, medical transport, limousine, bus and other transportation entities, including dispatch and transportation management entities. He also provides services to companies facing concerns arising from governmental regulatory bodies and insurance companies. A regular speaker at transportation industry conventions and continuing education events across the country, Kevin is also often consulted by companies and industry professionals who require creative solutions from someone who understands this unique marketplace.

Kevin’s practice includes but extends beyond litigation. For over 25 years, Kevin has served as counselor and advisor – and provided general business representation services – to companies of all shapes and sizes, from small local start-ups to massive transportation companies, national law and accounting firms, and a variety of companies involved in California’s robust commercial real estate industry.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Transportation Litigation & Regulatory Matters
  • Contract Advisement
  • Employment and Labor
  • Design Professionals
  • Business and Corporate Representation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
619-880-3724  Phone
619-574-4488  Fax
University Attended:
University of California at Irvine, B.S., 1985
Law School Attended:
University of San Diego, J.D., 1988; Comparative Law, Magdalen College, Oxford University, England, 1986
Year of First Admission:
1988, California
State Bar of California; San Diego County Bar Association (Co-Chair, Legal Malpractice Committee); Orange County Bar Association; San Diego Defense Lawyers; Association of Southern California Defense Counsel; Association of Business Trial Lawyers; Louis M. Welsh Chapter of the American Inns of Court; American Institute of Architects; Litigation Counsel of America.
Birth Information:
Inglewood, California, July 23, 1962

Peer Reviews

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