Kevin Calcagnie `77
Kevin F. Calcagnie is a partner in the Newport Beach office of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc., specializing in civil litigation with an emphasis in products liability. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Finance from California State University at Fullerton, and a Juris Doctor degree from Western State University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Western State University Law Review. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1983, and has since been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Fifth Circuits.
In 2010 Kevin was honored as a recipient of one of the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Awards. The CLAY awards are presented annually by California Lawyer Magazine to attorneys in various areas of legal practice whose achievements have made a profound impact on the law. In 2011 he was inducted into the Western State University Alumni Hall of Fame. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013, a peer-reviewed survey listing outstanding attorneys throughout the United States. He has an AV rating, the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards under the peer review system of Martindale-Hubbell, the national legal directory. He is listed Southern California Super Lawyers, and has also been selected to the Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America.
Kevin was one of the lead attorneys representing the County of Los Angeles in its suit against several tobacco manufacturers, which resulted in a settlement under which the County will receive approximately $3.3 billion dollars over 25 years. He also served as co-counsel with the Orange County District Attorney's office in the prosecution of actions against oil companies arising from underground storage tank leakage. He was co-counsel in the case of Ketchum vs. Hyundai, which resulted in a $15 million jury verdict, as well as In re Aircrash in Bali, Indonesia, where a jury in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles found Pan American World Airways liable for willful misconduct in the crash of a jet airliner. He has three decades of experience in automotive products liability litigation relating to fuel system design, rollover protection, structural crashworthiness, dynamic stability and occupant restraint systems. He has a broad range of experience in mass tort litigation involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other defective products, in both federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) and California Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP). Kevin has also represented a number of clients in connection with commercial and military aviation accidents, including crashes involving EgyptAir, Alaska Airlines, Pan Am, U.S. Marine Corps helicopters and ultralight aircraft.
Kevin currently teaches trial advocacy at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He has also taught civil procedure at Fullerton College, and has lectured for various organizations on topics related to civil litigation. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), and for the past sixteen years he has written a monthly feature for CAOC's Forum Magazine, updating attorneys, legislators and judges on recent appellate court opinions. He was a contributing author to Products Liability Litigation: Product Studies, Clark, Boardman Callaghan (1996) and A Guide to Toxic Torts, Matthew Bender & Company (1987). He has also authored or co-authored a dozens of articles for attorneys relating to civil practice.
Kevin and his wife Peggy live in Coto de Caza, California. Their daughter Kelly is also a graduate of Cal State Fullerton, and their son Sean is a graduate of USC, and a former wide receiver for the Trojans.
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