attorneys

Kristin L. Walker-Probst

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klw@severson.com | (949) 225-7966 Tel | (949) 442-7118 Fax
OFFICE
19100 Von Karman Avenue
Suite 700
Irvine, CA 92612

949-442-7110 Tel
949-442-7118 Fax

Areas of Practice

  • Labor & Employment
  • Financial Services
    • Auto Finance
  • Insurance
    • Product Liability

Education

  • Pepperdine University, B.A., 1995
  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 1999

Kristin Walker-Probst joined Severson & Werson’s Southern California office in 2004 after a career as a prosecutor with both the Riverside and Los Angeles County District Attorneys’ Offices.  She now focuses her practice on civil trials, including case work up, settlement and trial. 

Ms. Walker-Probst is an experienced trial lawyer and civil litigator.  Since 1999, she has tried over 100 cases, including approximately 40 jury trials and 75 bench trials/juvenile adjudications.  She has also prosecuted upwards of 1,000 preliminary hearings.  Ms. Walker-Probst has examined and counseled thousands of witnesses in a variety of courtroom hearings.  She routinely takes and defends depositions – both expert and non-expert.  Additionally, she is an adjunct Trial Advocacy Professor at Loyola Law School, where she teaches in the area of trial skills and Evidence.  She also has prior experience as an adjunct professor in Evidence and she has coached Loyola Law School’s Byrne Trial Team at various times since 2000.

With a focus on trial work, Ms. Walker-Probst’s litigation background is broad, including labor and employment, bank operations, automobile finance, mortgage litigation, real estate litigation,  and general business litigation.  Regarding her labor and employment practice, Ms. Walker-Probst presents both on and off-site seminars for clients on sexual harassment and related issues.  She routinely deposes Plaintiffs and handles all aspects of litigation – from case inception through trial.

Ms. Walker-Probst is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the California Banker’s Association (CBA), the Mortgage Banker’s Association (MBA), the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) and both the Orange County and San Francisco Bar Associations’ Labor and Employment Sections. 

Recent Professional Activity- (For recent trial related victories, click Representative Case Tab above)

Rhonda L. Nelson and Kristen L. Walker-Probst client presentation re sexual harassment in the workplace; October 2013 client presentation re sexual harassment, emergencies and professionalism in the workplace.

Panel members Scott Hyman, Kristin Walker and Erin Kubota, spoke Saturday, April 17, 2010, before the California Creditors’ Bar Association on the topic of “Employment Claims Arising from Debt Collection Practices”.

Co-Presenter, “Mortgage and Automobile Finance Litigation and Class Actions” with Scott J. Hyman at The Conference on Consumer Finance (Dallas, Texas, October 2008).

Co-Presenter, “Current Developments in Automobile Finance" with Scott J. Hyman at the CFSA Annual Convention (Carlsbad, California, September 2008).

Ms. Walker-Probst's primary areas of legal practice includes:

Trial work, including all areas of Financial Services, Labor and Employment, and general business litigation involving tort and contract claims.

Ms. Walker-Probst's specific experience includes:

Consumer Litigation:   Ms. Walker-Probst specializes in trial work and labor and employment work for Southern California.  As a labor and employment litigator, Ms. Walker-Probst  presents both on and off-site seminars for clients on sexual harassment and related issues. She routinely deposes Plaintiffs and handles all aspects of litigation — from case inception through trial. 

Ms. Walker-Probst also represents banks, automobile finance and mortgage companies in actions involving fraud, products liability, wrongful repossession, violations of the fair debt collection practices acts, credit reporting, the UCC, the California Commercial Code, and breach of contract claims. Defend clients in complex consumer finance class action suits, including violations of unfair business practices claims under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200.

Trial Experience: Ms. Walker-Probst has tried well over 100 trials in Federal and State Court.  Recent trial victories include a jury defense verdict in mid-2012.  Additionally, Ms. Walker-Probst regularly prepares cases for trial, often reaching resolution through motion practice or settlement within weeks of trial. 


Biographical Information:

Employment History:
Joined Severson & Werson in May 2004
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Specialized in Criminal Prosecution
Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron LLP, Specialized in Business Litigation & Eminent Domain law
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Specialized in Criminal Prosecution

Teaching Experience: Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School, teaching Trial Advocacy and Evidence Skills; Coach for Loyola Law School’s Byrne Trial Team, instructing law students on how to present civil and criminal jury trials; Professor of Evidence at American College Of Law.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communication, Pepperdine University, April 1995. Juris Doctor, Loyola Law School Los Angeles, cum laude, order of the coif, May 1999.

Admitted to Practice: California State and Federal District Courts, November 1999.

Professional Affiliations:
Member of the State Bar of California, 1999; Orange County Bar Association, California Banker’s Association; Labor and Employment Law Section; Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section; Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor and Employment Law Section; American Bar Association.

    Representative Cases

  • Matthews v. First Horizon Home Loan Corporation
    (San Diego Superior Court, Court Case No. 37-2010-00090544)
    Represented Litton Loan Servicing, LP
    Bench trial; Prevailed – wrongful foreclosure                                                                                                        
    March 2011

  • Ward v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    (Los Angeles County Superior Court, Chatsworth Case No. BC498730)
    Represented Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Jury trial; Prevailed - wrongful foreclosure
    August 2014

  • Represented MERS, Inc./Deutsche Bank National Trust Company Eminent Domain Court Trial Settled eve of trial.  April 2014

  • Pestarino v. Capital One
    (Orange County Superior Court, Central Justice Center Case No. 30-2010-00362987)
    Represented Capital One
    Jury trial; Prevailed - wrongful foreclosure
    May 2012

  • Awadalla v. GMAC Mortgage, LLC
    (Los Angeles Superior Court, Central District Case No. BC430238)
    Represented GMAC
    Bench trial; Prevailed - easement claim
    February 2012

  • Barnett v. GMAC Mortgage Corporation
    (Los Angeles Superior Court, Central District Case No. BC425100)
    Represented GMAC Mortgage Corporation
    Jury trial; Settled after motions in limine - breach of contract
    January 2012

  • Enriquez v. LA Investments, Inc. et al
    (Orange County Superior Court, Central Justice Center Case No. 04CC06074)
    Represented Greenpoint Mortgage Funding, Inc.
    Bench trial; Settled – wrongful foreclosure
    October 2011

  • Gray v. Litton Loan Servicing, LP
    (San Diego Superior Court Case No. 37-2010-00075371)
    Represented Litton Loan Servicing, LP
    Jury trial; Settled after Plaintiff's case - wrongful foreclosure
    August 2011

  • Plummer v. Bank of America
    (Orange County Superior Court, Central Justice Center Case No. 07CC05089)
    Represented Bank of America
    Settled – conversion
    May 2011

  • Family Nissan Motors, Inc. v. Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation
    (Orange County Superior Court, Central Justice Center Case No. 30-2008-00111212)
    Represented Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation
    Settled after motions in limine - breach of contract
    October 2010

  • Matlock v. Bank of America
    (Kern County Superior Court Case No. S-1500-PB 58553)
    Represented Bank of America
    (bench trial) breach of contract - probate court
    March 2010

  • Wu v. Bank of America
    (Los Angeles Superior Court, Central District Case No. BC362617)
    Represented Bank of America
    Jury trial; Prevailed - tort case involving bank customer 
    December 2007

  • Spalding Laboratories, Inc. v. Arizona Biological Control, Inc.
    (United States District Court, Central District Case No:  CV06-1157)
    Represented Arizona Biological Control, Inc.
    Jury trial; Prevailed - unfair competition case
    November 2007

  • Harry Evan Smith v. Ford Motor Service Co.
    (San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-06-449896)
    Represented Ford Motor Service Co. 
    Jury trial; Prevailed - breach of warranty
    July 2007

  • Quality Discount Ice Cream, Inc. v. Ford Motor Credit Company
    (San Diego Superior Court, North County Division Case No. GIN033064) 
    Represented Ford Motor Credit Company
    Jury Trial; Prevailed – conversion
    November 2004

Articles

  • Speaker, "California's New Data Breach Law and How Automobile Finance Companies Can Protect Themselves" US Acceptance CFSA Independent Section Chair, Anaheim, California, November 10, 2011.
  • Speaker, "Current Developments in Automobile Finance" CFSA Annual Convention, Bacara Resort, Santa Barbara, California, October 14-15, 2011.

News

  • Severson attorneys obtain defense verdict after 3 week jury trial in Los Angeles County
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  • Kristin Walker-Probst, Erin Kubota, and Scott Hyman addressed the California Financial Services Association at their annual conference on the subject of "Recent Developments in Automobile Finance".

Events

  • 2011-10-01

    Rhonda L. Nelson & Kristin Walker-Probst gave a client presentation on "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace."

  • 2013-10-01

    Rhonda L. Nelson & Kristin Walker-Probst presented "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Emergencies and Professionalism in the Workplace: Emergencies and Professionalism in the Workplace."

  • 2011-11-10

    Scott Hyman, Kristin Walker-Probst and Erik Kowalewsky spoke at the US Acceptance CFSA Independent Section Chair on the topic of "California's New Data Breach Law and How Automobile Finance Companies Can Protect Themselves".

  • 2011-10-14
    Scott Hyman, Kristin Walker-Probst and Erin Kubota spoke at the California Financial Services Association Annual Convention on the topic of "Current Developments in Auto Finance".