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Kalama M. Lui-Kwan

Kalama Kwan financial and commercial litigation

I am passionate about our clients and protecting their success.

Kalama Lui-Kwan is a Member at Severson & Werson and Vice Chair of the Firm’s Financial Services practice group.  His primary areas of emphasis are complex commercial disputes, financial institution litigation, consumer class actions, and regulatory investigations.

Mr. Lui-Kwan specializes in the defense and prosecution of complex commercial matters involving contract actions, business torts, and post-closing disputes arising out of significant mergers and acquisitions of startups and other privately held companies, including disputes relating to earn-out payments, software and life sciences milestones, indemnification claims, purchase price adjustments, and escrow distributions.  He defends financial services clients in class actions based on contract claims, tort claims, and consumer protection statutes, including the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Truth in Lending Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and state UDAP statutes.  Mr. Lui-Kwan represents clients in merchant credit card processing disputes and has extensive experience advising highly regulated clients on corporate compliance matters and regulatory investigations by state and federal agencies.  Mr. Lui-Kwan has delivered presentations on nationwide class action trends as well as policy and regulatory developments affecting the financial services industry.

Before joining Severson & Werson, Mr. Lui-Kwan practiced at Latham & Watkins LLP (New York and Silicon Valley) and Fenwick & West LLP (San Francisco). He is a graduate of Boston University (B.A.), Berkeley Law (J.D.), and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (M.P.P.).  Mr. Lui-Kwan is a member of the Rule 23 Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Class Actions & Derivative Suits Committee, the San Francisco Bank Attorneys Association, and the American Judicature Society.

Mr. Lui-Kwan is admitted to practice in California, Hawaii, and New York.


  • John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, M.P.P., 2000
  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 2000
  • Boston University. B.A., 1995


  • California
  • Hawaii
  • New York