Keith A. Sipprelle

Partner

ksipprelle@vstriallaw.com
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Phone: 805-719-4904
Fax: 805-719-4954

Overview

Mr. Sipprelle is a trial lawyer who has represented both plaintiffs and defendants for 28 years in high exposure employment litigationpersonal injury litigation, and commercial litigation. He was named a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. In addition, Mr. Sipprelle is the recipient of the prestigious AV Preeminent® Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, an indication that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for ethical standards and legal ability.

Employment Litigation and Counseling

Mr. Sipprelle serves as counsel in all types of employment litigation matters in state and federal courts and before regulatory agencies, including lawsuits involving alleged wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination and retaliation, class action wage and hour disputes, unfair labor practice claims before the National Labor Relations Board, discrimination charges before the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing, and wage claims before the California Labor Commissioner. Mr. Sipprelle also regularly provides labor and employment advice and counsel to his clients at the pre-litigation stage.

Personal Injury Litigation

Mr. Sipprelle has represented major automobile manufacturers in the defense of products liability claims involving catastrophic injuries, including burn, spinal, and brain injuries. He also has represented an international consumer products designer and distributor in product liability matters involving catastrophic burn injuries. Mr. Sipprelle also regularly handles high exposure personal injury cases outside the products liability context, including through trial. In 2002, Mr. Sipprelle obtained a $45 million judgment for a Ventura County client in a wrongful death action. At the time, this judgment was reported to be the largest every obtained in Ventura County.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Mr. Sipprelle represents clients in a wide variety of complex and high exposure commercial disputes through trial and appeal, including contractual, partnership and LLC member disputes, consumer class actions, and disputes involving professional negligence, real property, and lender liability.

Trial Work

Mr. Sipprelle has served as lead counsel in numerous jury trials, bench trials, and binding arbitrations in the areas of employment discrimination, retaliation, personal injury and wrongful death, breach of contract, LLC member disputes, real property disputes, and lender liability.

Reported Decisions

Sabia v. Orange County Metro Realty, Inc. (2014) 227 Cal.App.4th 11

Admissions

Education

Professional Affiliations

Experience

  • Partner, Van Etten Sipprelle LLP, Westlake Village, California, 2009-2017
  • Partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Los Angeles, California, 2006-2009
  • Partner, Van Etten Suzumoto & Becket LLP, Los Angeles, California, 1996 – 2006
  • Associate, Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, LLP, Los Angeles, California, 1991-1996
  • Associate, Lillick & McHose, Los Angeles, California, 1989-1991

Successes

Plaintiff Representations

  • Obtained a $45 million judgment for a Ventura County client in a wrongful death action. At the time, this judgment was reported to be the largest ever obtained in Ventura County.
  • Obtained a $5,000,000 recovery for a seafood distributor against a competitor in a federal RICO action.
  • Obtained a $3,500,000 recovery for an insurance broker in a wrongful termination action.
  • Obtained a $2,400,000 recovery for a high-ranking corporate executive against a national medical supply company in a wrongful termination “whistleblower” action.
  • Obtained a $2,000,000 recovery for a former employee against a national home healthcare company in an age discrimination action.
  • Obtained a $925,000 recovery for an employee against a media company in a pregnancy discrimination action.
  • Obtained a $765,000 recovery for an employee in a wrongful termination “whistleblower” action against a product distributor.
  • Obtained a $700,000 recovery for a real estate broker against a national real estate firm in a wrongful termination action.
  • Obtained a $525,000 recovery for an employee against a pest control company in a sexual harassment action.
  • Obtained a $450,000 recovery for a nutritional products company against its former attorney in a legal malpractice action.
  • Obtained a $400,000 recovery for a real estate partnership against a major international brokerage firm in a breach of contract action.
  • Obtained a $305,000 recovery for a client in a personal injury “premises liability” action against a homeowner.

Defendant Representations

  • Represented a community hospital against wrongful termination and sexual orientation discrimination claims brought by two former employees. Following a three week jury trial in the Orange County Superior Court, the jury returned a defense verdict for the hospital.
  • Represented a food processing company against a race discrimination claim brought by a terminated employee. Following a two week jury trial in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the case was resolved for nuisance value by the employer during jury deliberations after the jury returned a note indicating that it was likely to return a defense verdict for the employer.
  • Represented a trucking company in a wrongful death action arising out of a catastrophic accident in which one of the company’s drivers collided with a motorcycle carrying two people, resulting in the death of one motorcycle rider and severe brain damage to the other rider. Following a three week jury trial in the San Diego County Superior Court, the jury returned a defense verdict for the trucking company.
  • Represented a publicly traded self-storage company against race and religious discrimination claims brought by a terminated employee. Following a two week jury trial in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the jury returned a defense verdict for the storage company.
  • Represented a consumer products company in a breach of contract action. Following a seven day jury trial in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the jury returned a defense verdict for the company. (The plaintiff had sought $10 million.)
  • Represented a consumer products manufacturer in a breach of contract action brought against it by a product distributor. Following a six day jury trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the jury returned a defense verdict for the company. (The plaintiff had sought $12 million).
  • Represented the Managing Member of a limited liability company against claims for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract. The plaintiffs (several other members of the LLC) sought $25 million in compensatory damages, as well as punitive damages. Following a four-week jury trial in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the jury returned a defense verdict for the Managing Member.

Honors & Awards

  • American Board of Trial Advocates’ Award, 1989
  • Named a Southern California “Super Lawyer,” Employment Litigation: Defense, Law & Politics, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Named a Southern California “Super Lawyer,” Law & Politics, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Diploma in Trial Advocacy, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1993
  • AV Preeminent® Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating