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Catherine E. Bennett

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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.

Certified Legal Specialties

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

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2019

BV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

GBLA Legal Services Award, 2005 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

Kern County Bar Association, 1995 - Present

- Board of Directors, 2000 - 2017

- Secretary/CFO, 2003

- Vice President, 2004

- President-Elect, 2005

- President, 2006

- Past President, 2007

Kern County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Section2013 - Present

Kern County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2013 - Present

Kern County Bar Association Charitable Foundation, 2008 - Present

- Board of Directors

Kern County Bar Association Charitable Foundation, 2012 - Present

- Treasurer

Fresno County Bar Association, 2009- Present, Appellate Section, 2009 - 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 Foundation, 2009 - 2013

- Treasurer

Kern County Women Lawyers Foundation, 1997 - Present

- Board of Trustees

Bakersfield North Rotary, 2008 - Present

Bakersfield North Rotary Foundation, 2009 - Present

- Member of the Board

Kern County Women Lawyers Association, 1996 - 2001

- Board of Directors

Kern County Women Lawyers Association, 2002 - 2005

- Board of Directors

Kern County Women Lawyers Association, 1997 - 1998, 2002 - 2005

- Secretary

Kern County Women Lawyers Association, 1998 - 1999

- Vice President

Kern County Women Lawyers Association, 1999 - 2000

- President

Employment

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

Education
  • Bachelor of Arts California State University - University Bakersfield, CA 1980
  • M.B.A. California State University - Graduate School Bakersfield, CA 1991
  • Juris Doctor, Class Valedictorian California Pacific School of Law - Graduate School Bakersfield, CA 1995
Licenses
  • California 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California 1996
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California 2018
Publications
  • Conservatorship of the Estate of Edde 173 Cal.App.4th 883 2009
  • Schwartz v. Schwartz 167 Cal.App.4th 733 2008
  • Michael v. Denbeste Transportation, Inc. 173 Cal.App.4th 1082 2006
  • Park v Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. 108 Cal.App.4th 595 2003
  • Obtaining, Enforcing and Defending Against Sanctions Volume 1: State Court (CEB Action Guide), Continuing Education of the Bar 1997
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