Katherine Harvey-Lee | Catastrophic Injury Attorney
Katherine Harvey-Lee, Catastrophic Injury, Personal Injury Law KATHERINE HARVEY-LEE
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Aviation Accidents, Bus Accidents, Catastrophic Injury, Commercial Truck Accidents, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Consumer Fraud Litigation, Mass Disaster Litigation, Personal Injury Law, Product Liability Law, Railroad Accident Litigation, Structural Collapses, Traumatic Brain Injury, Wrongful Death Law
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Katherine Harvey-Lee discusses the fatal FedEx truck crash with KCBS 2 News and KCAL 9 News Los Angeles   Katherine Harvey-Lee, was recently interviewed by NBC Los Angeles about last year’s school bus accident in Anaheim Hills.   Putting safety first would reduce bus accidents.   Katherine Harvey-Lee speaks with KNBC Los Angeles about the FedEx - tour bus crash near Orland, CA.
Katherine Harvey-Lee is an attorney and shareholder at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman and focuses her practice on major transportation accidents resulting in catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death, including vehicular products liability actions. She has worked on many complex and difficult cases and has experience handling many different types of mass disaster cases, including aviation accidents, traumatic brain injury cases, truck crashes, and automotive defect cases

Katherine has worked on catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases at several of California’s most prestigious plaintiffs’ firms, focusing primarily on issues of automotive and transportation safety.Ms. Harvey-Lee holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While an undergraduate and research assistant for the Software Engineering Institute, she published a major technical report on maintaining quality assurance in large organizations during the development of software and other engineered products. She earned her law degree from Whittier Law School, where she graduated third in a class of over 150. 

In law school, Katherine was a teaching assistant in both civil procedure and legal writing, and received the Southern California Defense Scholar award for the top school-wide performance in torts and legal writing.  During this time, she was a law clerk in the chambers of Justice Earl Johnson, Jr., with the California Second District Court of Appeals, Seventh Division, and also led competitive teams for both the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Honors boards.

After law school, she began her career as a member of the panel for the California Fourth District Court of Appeals, where she performed appellate work on behalf of indigent clients. Since then, Katherine has worked on catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases at several of California’s most prestigious plaintiffs’ firms, focusing primarily on issues of automotive and transportation safety.

Katherine is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, , and Southern California Super Lawyers® in the area of plaintiffs’ products liability litigation. She has published articles in The Advocate, the journal of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and has lectured in the basics of personal injury practice for the Orange County Bar Association.

Katherine Harvey-Lee Client Distinction Award

  • Redwood City, California, 1963


  • Carnegie Mellon University (B.F.A., with University Honors, 1987)
  • Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California (J.D. summa cum laude, 2001)

Court Admissions:

  • California, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2011

Awards and Honors:

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers® 2014 - 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 - 2015
    (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).
  • Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers® - Rising Star, 2005 - 2008
  •  Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10
  • Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
  • Law School Moot Court Honors Board
  • Law School Trial Advocacy Honors Board
  • Summa Cum Laude graduate from Law School
  • American Jurisprudence Awards for the top grade in Torts and Legal Skills
  • Cali Excellence Awards for the top grade in Evidence, Juvenile Law, and Public Interest Law
  • Southern California Defense Counsel Scholar for Top Performance in Torts & Legal Writing
  • College conference record-holder in the 800m, 1986 - 1987
  • Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City, Philippines, Exchange Scholar, 1982 - 1983
  • Moot Court Honors Board
  • Trial Advocacy Honors Board


  • Bus Litigation Group Advisory Board, American Association for Justice
  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • The American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America®

Legal Teaching Positions:

  • Teaching Assistant, Civil Procedure & Legal Writing, Whittier Law School, 1999 - 2001

Presentations / Speeches:

  • Topic: Crash-course covering the basics of litigating a personal injury case from intake to trial or settlement
    Organization: Orange County Bar Association
    Event: Personal Injury 101: Nuts and Bolts of Personal Injury Practice Seminar
    Location: Chapman Law School, Orange, California
    Date: September 30, 2011


  • Put the Brakes on ‘Curbside’ Bus Abuse
    TRIAL Magazine issued entitled, “Danger on the Road,” February 2013
  • “Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress: Double Recovery for Negligence”
    Advocate Magazine
    April 2009
  • “A Tire Safety Issue that Is Coming of Age” (co-authored with Geoffrey Wells)
    Advocate Magazine
    February 2007
  • “SEI Workshop on Software Configuration Management” 
    Software Engineering Institute Technical Report, ESD-TR-86-209
    (CMU/SEI-86-TR-5, 1986)

Pro Bono & Civic Activities:

  • Volunteered legal services for the Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice program
  • Moot Court Judge for the American Board of Trial Advocates, Moot Court Competition, 2005-2009
  • Mentor through Los Angeles County foster child program
  • St. Mark Elementary School Parent Action Committee member

Notable Media Appearances:

  • TV
    • Telemundo 52 News Los Angeles
    • KNBC News Los Angeles

  • Radio
    • KGO 810 News Radio, The Karel Show
    • KPCC 89.3, Southern California Public Radio

  • News
    • Associated Press
    • Press Enterprise
    • San Bernardino Sun
    • TRIAL magazine

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