Catherine E. Bennett

Catherine E. Bennett

Senior Counsel
Location:
Bakersfield, California
Phone:
661-401-7755
Fax:
661-326-0418
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Catherine E. Bennett, senior counsel in the firm's General Civil and Complex Litigation, Appeals and Writs Department, focuses her practice in the areas of Appeals and Writs and Civil Litigation. Catherine is certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She is the former president of the Kern County Bar Association and joined the firm in 1995 after receiving her J.D. from the California Pacific School of Law the same year. She also holds an M.B.A. from California State University, Bakersfield.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1995

Areas of Practice

  • Appeals and Writs
  • Civil Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Specialist Appellate Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2001

Education

  • California Pacific School of Law, Bakersfield, California
    • Juris Doctor - 1995
    • Honors: Class Valedictorian
  • California State University, Bakersfield, California
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1980
  • California State University, Bakersfield, California
    • M.B.A. - 1991

Published Works

  • Park v Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co., 108 Cal.App.4th 595, 2003
  • Michael v. Denbeste Transportation, Inc, 173 Cal.App.4th 1082, 2006
  • Schwartz v. Schwartz, 167 Cal.App.4th 733, 2008
  • Conservatorship of the Estate of Edde, 173 Cal.App.4th 883, 2009
  • Slocumb, W. and Bennett, C. Obtaining, Enforcing and Defending Against Sanctions, Volume 1: State Court (CEB Action Guide), Continuing Education of the Bar, Spring, 1997

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2015
  • BV Distinguished Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • GBLA Legal Services Award, 2005 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kern County Bar Association, 1995 - Present
  • Kern County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2000 - 2007
  • Kern County Bar Association, Secretary/CFO, 2003
  • Kern County Bar Association, Vice President, 2004
  • Kern County Bar Association, President-Elect, 2005
  • Kern County Bar Association, President, 2006
  • Kern County Bar Association, Past President, 2007
  • Kern County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Section, 2013 - Present
  • Kern County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, 2007-Present; Vice Chair, 2010-2011; Chair, 2011-2012, 2007 - Present
  • Kern County Women Lawyers Association, 1994-2012
  • Kern County Women Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 1996 - 2001
  • Kern County Women Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2002 - 2005
  • Kern County Women Lawyers Association, Secretary, 1997-1998, 2002-2005
  • Kern County Women Lawyers Association, Vice President, 1998 - 1999
  • Kern County Women Lawyers Association, President, 1999 - 2000
  • Kern County Women Lawyers Foundation, Board of Trustees, 1997 - Present
  • Kern County Women Lawyers Foundation, Treasurer, 2009-2013
  • Bakersfield North Rotary, 2008 - Present
  • Bakersfield North Rotary Foundation, Member of the Board, 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association, 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Appellate Judges’ Conference, Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • California Women Lawyers, 1994 - Present
  • Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations, 1998 - 2004
  • California Bar Associations, Calendar Coordinating Committee, 2000 - 2003

Professional Experience

  • Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP., 1995-Present