Attorney Katherine Harvey-Lee


Katherine Harvey-Lee

Attorney | Partner

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Katherine Harvey-Lee

Attorney | Partner
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Auto Defects, 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


Katherine Harvey-Lee is a partner at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. She litigates complex catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases stemming from commercial vehicle crashes involving busses, big-rigs, military vehicles, off-road vehicles, and other commercial vehicles, including those involving automotive defects.

Kate is the Chair-Elect for the American Association for Justice Bus Accident Litigation Group. She has extensive experience handling bus crash and truck crash cases across the United States. In 2013, Trial magazine published her article, “Put the Brakes on ‘Curbside’ Bus Abuse” in their “Danger on the Road” edition in which Kate discusses poor oversight and the easily manipulated licensing laws that make it simple for cut-rate carriers to hide from lawsuits. With careful discovery, she explains in the article, how attorneys can identify the corporate owners and obtain compensation for accident victims.

Her clients and peers have given her high marks, resulting in Kate being listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Southern California Super Lawyers®, and on with a Superb Score of 10. She has appeared on Los Angeles TV and radio news on many occasions concerning truck and bus crashes. She has published multiple articles and lectured to professional organizations on issues of automotive defects and commercial transportation, as well as litigation practice.

Kate 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. During her entire career as an attorney, Kate has devoted her practice to fighting for victims in 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 Harvey-Lee has been honored with a Client Distinction Award


  • 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

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Katherine Harvey-Lee in the News

  • State Bar of California
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Chair-Elect, Bus Litigation Group, American Association for Justice (2017-present)
  • Vice Chair, Bus Litigation Group, American Association for Justice (2016-2017)
  • American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum; Interstate Trucking Litigation Group; Bus Accident Litigation Group
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America®
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Diversity Law Institute
  • Trial Law Institute
  • School Bus Wrecks: When Safety Doesn’t Come First, American Association for Justice 2016 Annual AAJ-PAPERS 176, July, 2016
  • Put the Brakes on ‘Curbside’ Bus Abuse – TRIAL Magazine issue 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)
  • Topic: Nuts and Bolts of Litigating School Bus Cases
    Organization: American Association for Justice
    Event: School Bus Safety Litigation Webinar – AAJ Education CLE Program
    Location: Webinar
    Date: January 11, 2018
  • Position: Panel Speaker
    Organization: Orange County Bar Association
    Event: Personal Injury 101: Nuts and Bolts Seminar
    Location: Chapman Law School, Kennedy Hall, Orange, California
    Date: September 30, 2011
  • 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

  • Telemundo 52 News Los Angeles
  • KNBC News Los Angeles


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


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

Lead Trial Counsel, Taing et al. v. Orange Unified School District, Santa Ana, California, 2017 (The case was consolidated from five separate lawsuits filed by the families of five children who were injured in the bus crash. It resulted in a nearly $10M settlement.)