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Congratulations to 2014 Super Lawyer, Catherine E. Bennett!
Catherine E. Bennett, Senior Counsel, has been named by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the top attorneys in Southern California for 2015.
KDG Grows With Key Addition
Klein DeNatale Goldner welcomes new associate attorney Ravi S. Patel to the firm.
KDG Announces New Partner Kurt Van Sciver
Congratulations to Kurt Van Sciver. Kurt has been named partner at KDG.
KDG Names Joseph D. Hughes as Managing Partner
Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb and Kimball, LLP is pleased to announce that Joseph D. Hughes has been elected as the firm's managing partner.
2015 KDG Employment Law Update
Join Jay Rosenlieb, Dustin Dodgin, Poncho Baker and Vanessa Chavez at KDG on 1/15/15 (Fresno) 1/22/15 (Bakersfield) for this informative luncheon presentation.
Congratulations Go Out to Two KDG 2014 Super Lawyers!
Hagop T. Bedoyan and K. Poncho Baker selected as Northern California Super Lawyers.
KDG Partner, Dustin Dodgin, Selected to Super Lawyers Rising Star list.
Dustin S. Dodgin has been Selected to the 2014 Southern California Rising Stars list
Firm Welcomes New Partner K. Poncho Baker to Labor and Employment Practice
KDG announces the growth of its labor and employment practice with the addition of litigator K. Poncho Baker as a new partner in the firm's Fresno office.
KDG Partner Hagop Bedoyan Produces Title 18 Seminar
KDG Partner Hagop Bedoyan produced a panel on Title 18 - Criminal Investigation on Saturday, May 17 at the California Bankruptcy Forum.
Congratulations to 2014 Super Lawyer, Catherine E. Bennett!
Catherine E. Bennett, Senior Counsel, has been named by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the top attorneys in Southern California for 2014.
Appellate Success for KDG Attorneys
KDG attorneys successfully appeal an order depriving their client of proceeds of an insurance policy.
KDG Litigation Practice Grows with Key Addition
KDG has announced the growth of its practice with the addition of new associate attorney, M. Joseph Whittington.
KDG Announces New Partners
KDG has announced Dustin S. Dodgin, Christopher E. Dominguez, Jacob L. Eaton, and Connie M. Parker as new income and equity partners for 2014
Firm Welcomes New Partner Larry L. Fields to Probate, Trust and Litigation Practice
KDG announces the growth of its probate, trust and litigation practices with the addition of Larry L. Fields as a partner in the firm's Bakersfield office.
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James M. Duncan, Partner
jduncan@kleinlaw.com  |  Bio

I came to Bakersfield in 1992 with my wife and three children following graduation from McGeorge School of Law to work for a firm with a very large Superfund case. Prior to law school I worked as an onshore and offshore production engineer for Getty Oil Company and Texaco in Ventura, California. Realizing I was still very interested in how things work, I took the examination for admission as a Patent Attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and was admitted to practice in 1999. I have been with KDG since early 2002, where the firmís broad client base has given me the opportunity to prosecute patent applications for a broad scope of inventions, including oilfield drilling and production equipment, medical appliances, industrial fasteners, musical instruments, and agricultural machines.

Q: Why do you like practicing in the San Joaquin Valley?
A: I like the people, the weather, the bicycling and the relatively congenial relationships I enjoy with most local attorneys.

What is it you
enjoy most about
being a lawyer?:
I enjoy getting to know new clients with exciting ideas for patents or clever trademarks and slogans. I also greatly enjoy working in the same office as my daughter, Kimberly Schroeder, and being professional colleagues with my lawyer son who practices in New York and my father, who is a retired lawyer.
Books I'm Reading: Wild Tales A Rock & Roll Life by Graham Nash; 
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis; What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz.
Music: A huge selection of acoustic guitar and Celtic music by Phil Keaggy, Chris Proctor, Michael Waters, Michael Hedges, Laurence Juber, as well as a great deal of classical music, including the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, my absolute favorite classical work.

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