Darrell Padgette

Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney

Darrell Padgette

Darrell Padgette is an internationally recognized attorney and recipient of Corporate LiveWire’s Global Award for 2015©. He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale Hubbell®, a testament to his legal ability and ethics, and is consistently selected for inclusion in the list of Southern California Super Lawyers® . Darrell Padgette has many years of legal experience as a former deputy district attorney and federal prosecutor, and as a civil litigation defense attorney, handling high-profile and significant cases.

Prior to forming KP Law, Darrell Padgette was a partner in a products liability and mass tort litigation law firm in Los Angeles, California, where he litigated and managed all aspects of state and federal personal injury, product liability and wrongful death cases. He handled numerous multi-million dollar cases, representing some of the largest companies and their insurance carriers throughout the United States and abroad. With over 16 years of experience as a former high-level defense attorney and prosecutor, Darrell Padgette possesses the insight and understanding necessary to anticipate defense strategies, respond to their tactics, and predict their valuation of cases.

Darrell Padgette has been lead trial counsel in numerous jury trials in state and federal courts and in hundreds of contested evidentiary hearings and court trials. His practice cuts across all areas of litigation from mass-tort airplane disasters to commercial disputes. Darrell Padgette has significant experience in products liability, personal injury, wrongful death, insurance coverage, bad faith, premises liability, and subrogation. He routinely litigates cases involving burn injuries, brain injuries, paraplegia, psychological injuries, and wrongful death.

Darrell Padgette served in Afghanistan as a judge advocate for U.S. Army combat operations and received the Bronze Star Medal. Currently, he is a Judge Advocate holding the rank of Captain in the reserve component of the U.S. Army.

Darrell Padgette received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from Northern Arizona University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Published Cases

  • Helman v. Alcoa Global Fasteners, Inc., 637 F.3d 986 (9th Cir. 2011) (involving the Death On the High Seas Act)
  • Getz v. The Boeing Company, 547 F.Supp.2d 1080 (N.D. Cal. 2008) (involving the government contractor defense)
  • McKinley v. XL Specialty Insurance Company (2005), 131 Cal.App.4th 1572 (involving insurer suits against own insureds)
  • United States v. Reyes-Platero, 224 F.3d 1112 (9th Cir.2000) (involving the Hague Convention on Consular Relations)

Published Articles

  • “The Combatant Activities Defense: Another Option for Military Product Manufacturers,” The DRI Skywritings Aviation Law Committee (Dec. 2012)
  • “Severing Bureaucratic Red-Tape to Secure Evidence from the Federal Government in Aviation Cases,” Aircraft Builders Council, Inc. Law Report (Fall 2012)
  • “Death On the High Seas Act and the New Frontier,” Aircraft Builders Council, Inc. Law Report (Fall 2009)
  • “California Adopts the Sophisticated User Defense by Placing a Label on Already Existing Legal Principles,” Newsletter of DRI Aerospace Law Committee (Fall 2008)

Admitted to the Following Courts

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Multiple District Courts around the country on a Pro Hac Vice basis

Certifications and Accreditations

  • Certified to perform duties as Trial Counsel and Defense Counsel pursuant to Article 27(b)(2), Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)

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