Kay Anderle

Managing Partner

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Trials
Commercial Litigation
White Collar Criminal Defense

Kay Anderle

Managing Partner

PRACTICE AREAS

Trials
Commercial Litigation
White Collar Criminal Defense

Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.

Wake Forest University, B.A., Political Science

California Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Chapman University, Dale Fowler School of Law, Dean’s Advisory Board (2016-2019)

OCBA Administration of Justice Committee (2011-2016)

OCBA Judiciary Committee (2012-2016)

Orange County Asian American Bar Association

OCBA Charitable Fund, Board of Directors (2011-2012)

National Trial Lawyers, Executive Committee

Robert Banyard Inn of Court, Master Bencher

OC Chapter of Federal Bar Association

LA and OC Chapters of Business Trial Lawyers

Orange County Bar Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Democratic Foundation of Orange County

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Friend of the Center

South Coast Repertory, Golden Circle

Los Angeles Opera, Patron

OCBA Young Lawyers’ Division, panelist, “Women in the Law: Lessons from Our Leaders” (3/27/2018)

“She has great instincts and clients listen breathlessly when she speaks.”

- Chambers

“Kay Anderle is exceptionally smart and hard-working.”

- Chambers

Kay Anderle is a seasoned trial attorney, having tried over 100 jury trials to verdict. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of high-stakes commercial litigation and white collar cases. Chambers USA ranks her among the top commercial litigators in California, quoting sources who describe Kay as “having great instincts,” and note “clients listen breathlessly when she speaks.” They add, “She is exceptionally smart and hard working.” Kay is a Senior Fellow of the invitation-only Litigation Counsel of America. She is also listed in The Law Dragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, among the most prestigious international legal directories.

Kay began her legal career over 32 years ago in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, where she spent 12 years prosecuting criminal cases. In 2004, she entered private practice, focusing on white collar criminal cases. Her negotiation and trial skills made her one of the most effective defense lawyers in Southern California.

In 2005, she and Jennifer Keller formed Keller/Anderle and expanded their practice to include high-stakes business litigation and trials. In 2009, Kay worked with Jennifer on a business fraud trial in which the jury awarded $350 million, the largest jury verdict in California that year. In 2011, she joined Jennifer in the retrial of the epic doll battle Mattel v. MGA, in which MGA was defending against copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation claims and prosecuting its own trade secret misappropriation action against Mattel. The jury rejected all of Mattel’s claims of copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation and awarded $85 million in damages to MGA Entertainment; the judge added another $85 million in punitive damages and $139 million in attorneys’ fees. In 2013, Kay was co-lead plaintiff counsel on a business fraud trial which resulted in a multi-million-dollar jury award.

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  • Chambers USA: General Commercial Litigation (California)
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (by invitation only, limited to top ½ of 1 percent of lawyers nationally)
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Mesereau Cup for Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer, 2015-2016
  • The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2020-2022)
  • Los Angeles Magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation;  White Collar Criminal Defense and Business Litigation (2015-2022)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers In America®, S. Naifeh & G. Smith (2011-22), Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Legal Malpractice-Plaintiffs; White Collar Criminal Defense; Orange County Lawyer of the Year 2014 (Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar)
  • Life Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • California Lawyer Magazine, 2012 Lawyers of the Year, Honorable Mention (Litigation)
  • OC Metro Magazine, Orange County’s Top Lawyers for 2013 (Criminal Defense)
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Co-lead counsel for plaintiff in a business fraud trial. The jury awarded several millions of dollars in economic and  punitive damages.
  • Team member for MGA in the 2011 retrial of Mattel v. MGA. Our client was defending against copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation claims and prosecuting its own trade secret misappropriation claims. The jury rejected all of Mattel’s claims of copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation and awarded $85,000,000 in damages to MGA Entertainment (although the award to MGA was reversed on appeal, the defense verdict on all of Mattel’s claims remains, and a $137,000,000 attorneys’ fee award also remains).
  • In 2009, represented client on a case that resulted $350 million verdict in a business fraud trial. This was the largest jury verdict in California for 2009.
  • Represented the former chief of gastroenterology at a major Southern California hospital, and professor of medicine at UCLA, on an indictment alleging conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.  District Attorney alleged fraud was in excess of $100 million. Client pled to two felonies which were later dismissed.
  • In same case listed above, represented physician in action by the state Attorney General to suspend client’s license to practice medicine.  Motion was denied.
  • Represented the principal of an investment company in a District Attorney investigation into a $54 million Ponzi scheme and sale of unlicensed securities.
  • Represented the president of an appraisal company charged with conspiracy to commit mortgage loan fraud and identity theft.  District Attorney alleged fraud in excess of $50 million.

“She has great instincts and clients listen breathlessly when she speaks.”

- Chambers

“Kay Anderle is exceptionally smart and hard-working.”

- Chambers
  • Chambers USA: General Commercial Litigation (California)
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (by invitation only, limited to top ½ of 1 percent of lawyers nationally)
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Mesereau Cup for Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer, 2015-2016
  • The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2020-2022)
  • Los Angeles Magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation; White Collar Criminal Defense and Business Litigation (2015-2022)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers In America®, S. Naifeh & G. Smith (2011-22), Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Legal Malpractice-Plaintiffs; White Collar Criminal Defense; Orange County Lawyer of the Year 2014 (Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar)
  • Life Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • California Lawyer Magazine, 2012 Lawyers of the Year, Honorable Mention (Litigation)
  • OC Metro Magazine, Orange County’s Top Lawyers for 2013 (Criminal Defense)
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Co-lead counsel for plaintiff in a business fraud trial. The jury awarded several millions of dollars in economic and  punitive damages.
  • Team member for MGA in the 2011 retrial of Mattel v. MGA. Our client was defending against copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation claims and prosecuting its own trade secret misappropriation claims. The jury rejected all of Mattel’s claims of copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation and awarded $85,000,000 in damages to MGA Entertainment (although the award to MGA was reversed on appeal, the defense verdict on all of Mattel’s claims remains, and a $137,000,000 attorneys’ fee award also remains).
  • In 2009, represented client on a case that resulted $350 million verdict in a business fraud trial. This was the largest jury verdict in California for 2009.
  • Represented the former chief of gastroenterology at a major Southern California hospital, and professor of medicine at UCLA, on an indictment alleging conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.  District Attorney alleged fraud was in excess of $100 million. Client pled to two felonies which were later dismissed.
  • In same case listed above, represented physician in action by the state Attorney General to suspend client’s license to practice medicine.  Motion was denied.
  • Represented the principal of an investment company in a District Attorney investigation into a $54 million Ponzi scheme and sale of unlicensed securities.
  • Represented the president of an appraisal company charged with conspiracy to commit mortgage loan fraud and identity theft.  District Attorney alleged fraud in excess of $50 million.

Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.

Wake Forest University, B.A., Political Science

California Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Chapman University, Dale Fowler School of Law, Dean’s Advisory Board (2016-2019)

OCBA Administration of Justice Committee (2011-2016)

OCBA Judiciary Committee (2012-2016)

Orange County Asian American Bar Association

OCBA Charitable Fund, Board of Directors (2011-2012)

National Trial Lawyers, Executive Committee

Robert Banyard Inn of Court, Master Bencher

OC Chapter of Federal Bar Association

LA and OC Chapters of Business Trial Lawyers

Orange County Bar Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Democratic Foundation of Orange County

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Friend of the Center

South Coast Repertory, Golden Circle

Los Angeles Opera, Patron

OCBA Young Lawyers’ Division, panelist, “Women in the Law: Lessons from Our Leaders” (3/27/2018)

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Kay Anderle is a seasoned trial attorney, having tried over 100 jury trials to verdict. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of high-stakes commercial litigation and white collar cases. Chambers USA ranks her among the top commercial litigators in California, quoting sources who describe Kay as “having great instincts,” and note “clients listen breathlessly when she speaks.” They add, “She is exceptionally smart and hard working.” Kay is a Senior Fellow of the invitation-only Litigation Counsel of America.  She is also listed in The Law Dragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, among the most prestigious international legal directories.

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