Kirk Christopher Jenkins

Kirk Christopher Jenkins

Horvitz & Levy LLP
  • Antitrust, Appeals & Appellate
  • California, District of Columbia (inactive), Illinois
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Summary

I help clients by protecting the positive results they achieve in court or – when a trial has gone against the client – vindicating the client’s rights and getting them a second chance. High stakes litigation is like chess played in three dimensions. While the trial team works to win the case at trial, I focus on what will happen afterwards. Beginning even before the jury is chosen, I work to ensure that the clients’ themes and points are presented in the best way to persuade an appellate court, and that the client’s objections to any adverse decisions have been preserved, sometimes briefing and arguing key motions before the trial court myself. But just as importantly, I manage the client’s appellate strategy. I help the trial team craft the client’s arguments with an eye towards not just what the law is, but what the law may soon become because of not-yet-decided cases pending in the appellate courts. I’ve briefed and argued many post-trial motions in the trial courts, reducing adverse judgments and improving the record for appeal before the appeal ever begins. I have appeared before higher courts as amicus in cases presenting related issues, and helped move the law in a more beneficial direction before the client’s case was decided. In twenty years as a full-time appellate lawyer, I have litigated a broad range of issues, including Federal preemption; electrocution injuries; failure to warn and design defect; the admissibility of economic testimony; groundwater contamination; primary and exclusive administrative jurisdiction; alleged asbestos exposure; the extraterritorial application of Federal and state law, and the certification and decertification of consumer class actions. For further details of many significant matters, click my website biography above.

Practice Areas
  • Antitrust
  • Appeals & Appellate
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
District of Columbia (inactive)
Illinois
2nd Circuit
5th Circuit
6th Circuit
7th Circuit
8th Circuit
9th Circuit
10th Circuit
D.C. Circuit
Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.)
U.S. District Court (D. Ariz.)
U.S. District Court (E.D. Ky.)
U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.)
U.S. District Court (W.D. Ky.)
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Experience
Sedgwick LLP
- Current
Associate
Brown, Todd & Heyburn
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Associate
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
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Education
Harvard Law School
J.D
cum laude
Harvard University
A.B. (1983) | Economics
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Honors: Magna cum Laude
Activities: Harvard Political Review (Associate Editor)
Awards
Best Lawyers (Appellate Law)
Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers (Appellate Law)
Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers (Appellate Law)
Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers (Appellate Law)
Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers (Appellate Law)
Best Lawyers in America
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Best Lawyers in America
Appellate Litigation Stars
Benchmark
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Best Lawyers in America
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Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers (Appellate Law)
Best Lawyers in America
2010-2015
Professional Associations
American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Fellow
- Current
Society for Empirical Legal Studies
Member
- Current
American Law Institute
Member
- Current
Council of Appellate Lawyers
Member
- Current
California Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Secretary-Treasurer
- Current
California State Bar # 177114
Member
- Current
Certifications
Certified Specialist in Appellate Law
State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization (The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize specialities in the practice of law. Such a certificate, award or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in Illinois.)
Websites & Blogs
Website
Horvitz & Levy LLP
Blog
The Appellate Strategist
Blog
Illinois Supreme Court Review
Blog
California Supreme Court Review
Social Media
Contact & Map
3601 W Olive Avenue, 8th Floor
Burbank, CA 91505
USA
Telephone: (818) 995-0800
Cell: (312) 607-6409
Fax: (844) 497-6592