For almost 20 years, Jason 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 type of civil case at some point during his career.    

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

In 2019, Kirby obtained a complete defense jury verdict for his client against allegations of fraud and concealment arising out of a residential real estate sale in Rancho Santa Fe.  As lead trial counsel in a 2018 jury trial, Kirby obtained a $2.1 million jury verdict on behalf of a student that was sexually assaulted by a teacher with the San Diego Unified School District.  As lead counsel in a 2017 arbitration, Kirby obtained a complete defense verdict for his clients against allegations by an unlicensed M&A entity  seeking more than $4 million as a commission on the stock sale of a pet food company.    

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

While in law school, Kirby interned as a full-time law clerk at the San Diego Superior Court for the Honorable J. Richard Haden (Ret.).  In 2001, Kirby started his career at Post Kirby Noonan & Sweat, then one of the top civil litigation firms in San Diego for trial lawyers.  In 2007, Kirby was admitted into that partnership.  Kirby remained a partner in that firm until 2016.  When it split, he and his father started their own firm, KIRBY & KIRBY LLP.  During his career, Kirby has published more than 10 times by writing articles for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and Trial Bar News.          

Kirby lives in Point Loma with his wife and daughter.     

Education

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

Professional Memberships and Activities

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

 

 

 

Trial/Arbitration Results

Year:                  2019

Case Title:           Batter v. McElhinney

Venue:                San Diego Superior Court, Case No. 37-201-00010721

Judge:                Hon. Jacqueline M. Stern

Client:                 Defendants

Experience:         Lead trial counsel

Type of case:      Active concealment/seller's failure to disclose 

Result:                Jury verdict for Defendant

 

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 of a child

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 for failure to pay commission to unlicensed broker-dealer

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 of a child

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 real estate development contract

Result:                $579,413.50 awarded to Plaintiff

 

Year:                  2008

Case Title:           Doe 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 in automobile collision with utility pole

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/failure to pay promissory notes

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 in sale of pharmaceutical company

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 of broker-dealer/registered representative 

Result:                 Award for Defendant

 

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