KRISTEN L. CHIC

Associate

Email: kchic@mdjalaw.com
Direct: (213) 225-6009
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Education

  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 2014
  • University of California, San Diego, 2006; Semester abroad in Peking University, Beijing, China

Professional Experience

Kristen L. Chic is a client-focused litigator whose practice centers on complex real estate and commercial litigation in federal and state courts. She has successfully represented and counseled her clients in a variety of matters, including bankruptcy, estate planning, probate litigation, and real property disputes representing brokers, buyers, sellers, property owners, tenants, and contractors. She also drafts, negotiates, and litigates commercial leasing contracts. Her breadth of knowledge across many fields enables Ms. Chic to tailor her litigation strategy to meet the needs of her clients, with a multi-disciplined approach that affords efficient results to those she counsels.

Significant Representations

  • Currently representing worldwide retailer in designated complex litigation under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (i.e., Proposition 65) over acrylamide levels in snacking foods; litigation ongoing in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.
  • Currently representing owner of large commercial property in quiet title action involving protracted history of multi-party parcel swaps, grants of easements, and future option rights, in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.
  • Currently representing an international underwriter of insurance and reinsurance products from an alleged breach of contract arising from alleged environmental contamination, with claims, fees, and costs well in excess of a million dollars; litigation commenced in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.
  • Currently representing a Nevada-based contractor in federal court against claims by union arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (i.e., ERISA) in the United States District Court, Central District of California.
  • Successfully obtained swift and favorable settlement for seller of real property in claims by buyer of breach of contract and fraudulent concealment of a known defect in sale of rural horse property, all prior to buyer filing action in Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.
  • Successfully obtained Court of Appeal’s per curiam judgment on unlawful detainer appeal in the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside; thereafter successfully leveraging settlement in underlying quiet title and resulting trust litigation between parties.
  • Successfully defended bankruptcy debtor against two successive motions for relief from stay; ultimately obtaining tentative award of sanctions against landlord, and thereafter leveraging victory to negotiate favorable sale of home and dismissal of unlawful detainer action in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.
  • Successfully obtained $300,000 proceeds for non-named beneficiaries under life insurance policy, and settled interpleader action in the United States District Court, Central District of California.
  • Successfully represented contractor against claims filed by homeowner with the Contractors State Licensing Board; thereafter, negotiating a favorable $0 and no-work settlement with full release of all claims for contractor, prior to arbitration hearing in Los Angeles County.

Prior Professional Experience

  • Donahoe & Young LLP, Valencia, California (2014-2017)
Meylan Davitt Jain Arevian & Kim LLP
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