Severson & Werson is pleased to announce Mary Kate Sullivan has been named the new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner. The newly elected members of the Executive Committee are Mary Kate Sullivan, Mark Wraight, Mike Murphy and Duane Geck.

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Kerry W. Franich

Kerry Franich appellate attorney

Kerry is Co-Vice Chair of Severson & Werson’s Financial Services Practice Group and is an appellate attorney who uses brevity and candor to simplify and resolve complex business disputes.

Kerry believes that appellate briefs, like all legal writing, should be plainspoken and brief—no matter how novel or complex the question presented. He believes that good appellate attorneys not only aim to win the affirmance or reversal that their clients seek, but go further by crafting briefs that help shape and improve the law―flagging cases that are outdated, highlighting conflicts in the law, proposing adjustments to rules where necessary, and illustrating how the Court’s opinion might promote or undermine public policy. Kerry has argued more than 100 appeals and regularly appears in California’s Second and Fourth District Courts of Appeal, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. He frequently publishes appellate-related articles and delivers presentations to clients nationwide regarding appellate practice. He is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law and has won significant victories covering subjects including financial services, real estate, arbitration, unfair competition, discrimination, judicial disqualification, and civil procedure.

Outside of the office, Kerry is a member of the Board of Directors for South County Outreach, a non-profit corporation that prevents hunger and homelessness in South Orange County. He is a volunteer appellate attorney the pro se clinic at the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Three, and is a fee arbitrator with the Orange County Bar Association. Kerry resides in Orange County with his wife and three children.


  • Chapman University, J.D., cum laude, 2006
  • Chapman University, B.A., Legal Studies, summa cum laude, 2003


  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Nevada
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court