For almost 20 years, Jason Michael Kirby has represented hundreds of clients in litigation cases throughout Southern California.  Kirby's primary practice areas are business and real estate litigation, but he has handled almost every form of civil litigation case at some point during his career.    

Kirby is a plaintiff's lawyer and a defense lawyer.  He has tried numerous cases on each side of the courtroom.  He is  convinced that doing both plaintiff's work and defense work gives him a better perspective on the evidence and strategy in every case.      

As lead trial counsel in a 2018 jury trial, Kirby obtained a $2.1 million jury verdict in a sexual abuse case against a teacher and the San Diego Unified School District.  As lead counsel in a 2017 arbitration, Kirby successfully defended claims made by an unlicensed broker-dealer that was trying to collect a deal fee on a multi-million dollar stock sale of a well-known, local pet food company.  In so doing, he also obtained a Judgment against the unlicensed broker-dealer for over $1 million comprising damages on a cross-complaint, attorney's fees, costs, and interest.  

Kirby is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbel®, which reflects the highest level of professional excellence.  His rating is measured by both those lawyers in San Diego that have worked with him on cases and by those lawyers that were on the other side of his cases.  His rating and lawyer feedback about him is publicly available at www.martindale.com.  For the past 6 years, Kirby has been listed as one of the Top Lawyers for Business Litigation by San Diego Magazine.

While in law school, Kirby served as a full-time law clerk at the San Diego Superior Court for the Honorable J. Richard Haden (Ret.), an independent calendar judge assigned to more than 500 civil cases.  In 2001, Kirby started his career at Post, Kirby, Noonan & Sweat, one of then top litigation firms in San Diego.  In 2007, Kirby was admitted as a partner to Kirby, Noonan, Lance & Hoge.  Kirby remained a partner until July 1, 2016.  He and his father then started their own firm, KIRBY & KIRBY LLP.  

Kirby lives in Point Loma with his wife, Jill, and daughter, Chloe.  Kirby enjoys skiing, playing music, and being at home with his family. 

Education

  • California Western School of Law, Juris Doctor (2001)
  • University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1995)

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Consumer Attorneys 

 

 

 

TRIAL EXPERIENCE 

Year:                  2018

Case Title:           Doe v. San Diego Unified School District, et al.

Venue:                San Diego Superior Court, Case No. 37-2016-00016326

Judge:                Hon. Frederick L. Link

Client:                 Plaintiff

Experience:         Lead trial counsel

Type of case:      Negligent supervision

Result:                $2.1 million jury verdict for Plaintiff

 

Year:                  2018

Case Title:           Step Strategy Advisors v. Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc., et al.

Venue:                American Arbitration Association (San Diego), Case No. 01-16-0005-7036

Client:                 Defendants/Cross-Complainants

Experience:          Lead trial counsel

Type of case:       Breach of contract/fraud

Result:                $1,160,077.83 awarded to Defendants/Cross-Complainants and defeated Plaintiff’s damage claim of more than $6 million

 

Year:                  2017

Case Title:           Doe v. School District

Venue:                San Diego Superior Court, Case No. 37-2015-000XXXXX

Judge:                 Honorable Joan M. Lewis

Client:                  Plaintiff

Experience:          Lead trial counsel

Type of case:       Negligent supervision

Result:                Confidential

 

Year:                  2014

Case Title:           Milliner, DDS, MS v. Signorino, DDS, MSD

Venue:                Judicate West (San Diego), Case No. A1880007-27

Client:                 Plaintiff

Experience:          Lead trial counsel

Type of case:       Fraud in the inducement of purchase agreement/rescission

Result:                $121,677.14 and rescission of purchase agreement to Plaintiff

 

Year:                  2011

Case Title:           Andreasson v. Safety Syringes, Inc.

Venue:                JAMS (San Diego), Case No. 1240019451

Client:                 Plaintiff

Experience:          Co-counsel at arbitration

Type of case:       Wrongful termination

Result:                $570,434.81 awarded to Plaintiff

 

Year:                  2010

Case Title:           La Chance v. The Purpose Rose Mexican Restaurant

Venue:                Mendocino Superior Court, Case No. SCTMCVG 08-52664

Judge:                 Honorable John A. Behnke

Client:                  Plaintiff

Experience:          Lead trial counsel

Type of case:       Personal Injury/Trip and fall

Result:                Jury verdict for Defendant

 

Year:                  2010

Case Title:           Mechling v. Global One Group, LLC

Venue:                San Diego Superior Court, Case No. 37-2009-0082565

Judge:                 Honorable Charles R. Hayes

Client:                  Plaintiff

Experience:          Lead trial counsel

Type of case:       Breach of fiduciary duty/fraud/elder abuse

Result:                $2,301,016 jury verdict for Plaintiff

 

Year:                  2009

Case Title:           Ascent-Biltmore Carlsbad, LLC v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc.

Venue:                San Diego Superior Court, Case No. 37-2008-00080454

Judge:                Hon. Raymond F. Zvetina (Ret.) – Judicial Reference

Client:                 Plaintiff

Experience:         Co-counsel at arbitration

Type of case:       Breach of contract

Result:                $579,413.50 awarded to Plaintiff

 

Year:                  2008

Case Title:           Desaro v. San Diego Gas & Electric, et al.

Venue:                San Diego Superior Court, Case No. GIE 032689

Judge:                 Honorable Laura W. Halgren

Client:                 Defendant

Experience:          Co-counsel at trial

Type of case:        Defense of wrongful death and personal injuries to multiple plaintiffs

Result:                 Jury verdict for Defendant  

 

Year:                   2006

Case Title:           Woolcott v. Kohlenberg

Venue:                 San Diego Superior Court, Case No. GIC830301

Judge:                  Honorable Linda Quinn

Client:                  Defendant/Cross-Complainant

Experience:          Co-counsel at trial

Type of case:        Breach of contract

Result:                 Jury verdict for Defendant/Cross-Complainant

 

Year:                    2005

Case Title:            Conservatorship of the Person of Mary H.

Venue:                 San Diego Superior Court, Case. No. D044680

Judge:                  Honorable Kenneth K. So

Client:                  Plaintiff

Position:               Lead trial counsel

Type of case:        Represented County in conservatorship proceeding

Result:                 Jury verdict for Plaintiff

 

Year:                   2004

Case Title:            Kiel Laboratories, Inc. v. WE Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  

Venue:                 American Arbitration Association (Florida), Case No. 03 199 Y 00113 03

Client:                  Defendant/Cross-Complainant

Position:               Co-counsel at arbitration

Type of case:        Breach of contract

Result:                 $488,640 for Defendant/Cross-Complainant       

 

Year:                    2004

Case Title:            Bucolo v. Linsco Private Ledger Financial Services, et al.

Venue:                 NASD (Las Vegas), Case No. 02-04622

Client:                  Defendant

Position:               Co-counsel at arbitration

Type of case:        Breach of fiduciary duty

Result:                 Award for Defendant

 

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