Kim Buffington is a trial lawyer with significant experience in business and commercial litigation, intellectual property matters, and insurance coverage disputes. She handles arbitrations, appeals, class actions, trials, and all facets of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She is the co-leader of Pillsbury’s Internet & Social Media team.
Kim’s significant trial experience comes from two decades of managing complex business and commercial litigation matters from initiation through trial, including outlining case strategies; guiding clients through pre-litigation negotiations and early assessment of the case for ADR; implementing discovery plans; handling dispositive motions; preparing experts; conducting trials and arbitrations; and handling appeals. In addition, she has conducted live jury research exercises; defeated class certification in employment contract matters; conducted and defended depositions and witness interviews; obtained restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, and discovery orders; and prepared numerous matters for trial by drafting witness and exhibit lists, preparing witnesses for direct and cross-examination, drafting and arguing jury instructions, and outlining opening and closing arguments.
In her entertainment and intellectual property litigation practice, Kim handles copyright and trademark matters, claims for misappropriation of name and likeness, disputes concerning privacy rights, celebrity imitation and stalking issues, and cases involving licensing disputes. She has represented recording artists, entertainment conglomerates, digital media companies, and radio stations.
Kim also has substantial experience handling insurance coverage disputes for policyholders and has recovered over $35 million for policyholder clients. Her insurance coverage practice encompasses claims arising out of: employment related class actions, construction litigation, complex environmental matters, digital media cases, copyright infringement suits, business interruption losses, disputes over directors and officers, errors and omissions, and fiduciary liability policies.
Kim co-heads the Los Angeles Summer Associate Program. She also serves as co-Hiring Partner for the Los Angeles Office and sits on the Firm’s Professional Responsibility Committee.
Board of Trustees, New Roads School, 2016-2018
American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association
U.S. District Court for the Northern District, Central District, Eastern District and Southern District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
“Ambition: The Fuel for Your Career Engine (Why Talent Isn’t Enough),” Women in Law Empowerment Forum, Los Angeles, CA, April, 12, 2016.
“Data, Metrics and Statistics, Oh My! Best Practices for Claims Management,” ABA Women of the Section of Litigation CLE Conference, Chicago, IL, November 6, 2014.
“Aftershocks from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake- How the Incident Affects Causation Issues Today,” ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, Tucson, AZ, March 7, 2014.
“A Quick Course on Crisis Management: Planning for the Unplanned, Best Practices, and Communications,” The Legal Council Fall Seminar, Washington, D.C., November 7, 2013.