LACBA Update Back Issues - June 2015

Paul R. Kiesel Will Become Next LACBA President at June 25 Installation Dinner 

Evening includes presentation of Outstanding Jurist Award to Hon. Joan Dempsey Klein, and Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award to Ronald L. Olson.

Paul R. Kiesel will be installed as LACBA’s 2015-16 president on June 25 during a dinner program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to recognizing outgoing and incoming LACBA officers and trustees, the event also marks the installation of Robert Glassman as 2015-16 Barristers president and the Barristers officers.

During the evening, LACBA will present two of its highest honors:

Outstanding Jurist Award
Hon. Joan Dempsey Klein

Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award

Ronald L. Olson


Incoming President. Paul R. Kiesel is a partner at Kiesel Law LLP and devotes his practice to representing consumers in personal injury, class action, environmental, and toxic tort litigation.


He has repeatedly been selected as one of the top plaintiff attorneys in the country. The Daily Journal named him one of the 100 most influential attorneys in California. The American Bar Association recognized him as one of the 12 highest tech lawyers in America, and he has been named by Lawdragon as one of the top 500 lawyers in the country.

Mr. Kiesel is currently the Co-Chair of the Open Courts Coalition, a bipartisan committee of attorneys from throughout California advocating full funding of the civil justice system and court services to California residents and businesses through reinvestment in the courts and increased court efficiency.

His extensive experience in complex litigation involves environmental, construction defect, product defect, and pharmaceutical actions; includes serving as national Lead Counsel in the federal Multi-District Litigation against Glaxo Smith Kline for injuries caused by its pharmaceutical drug, Avandia; and as Liaison Counsel in the litigation arising out of the 2008 Chatsworth Metrolink crash that killed 24 individuals and injured over 100 people, resulting in a $200 million award, the maximum recovery allowed by law.

Mr. Kiesel is also very active in the legal community. In addition to serving as a LACBA officer and past Chair of its Litigation Section, he was appointed by former Chief Justice Ronald George to the State of California Judicial Council Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee. He served on the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles for over 25 years. In recognition of his service, Mr. Kiesel was elected an emeritus (lifetime) board member of both organizations. 

Mr. Kiesel received his Juris Doctorate from the Whittier College School of Law in Los Angeles in 1985. In 2005, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Whittier Law School. 

Dinner information. The June 25 dinner takes place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, in downtown Los Angeles, with a reception beginning at 6:00 p.m., and the dinner and program at 7:00 p.m., followed by after-dinner cocktails, desserts, and coffee.