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Katz, Jeffrey A.
Jeffrey A. Katz

Jeffrey A. Katz

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Practice Areas:

  • Complex Business Litigation 30%
  • Employment Law 30%
  • Government Relations 5%
  • Contract Negotiation 5%
  • Products Liability 15%
  • Personal Injury 5%
  • Family Law 5%


Jeff has a broad background which uniquely positions him to counsel the firm's business clients.  He started his career focusing on complex business litigation as an associate with two prominent firms in Los Angeles, including Berger Kahn.  After 10 years of law firm practice, he was recruited to become the General Counsel of Western Dental Services, Inc. while it was under receivership with the Department of Managed Health Care.  Jeff helped shepherd the company out of the regulatory crisis.  

Jeff has spent 15 years as the in-house counsel for start-ups and large companies, such as PacifiCare Health (currently United HealthCare).  During this period, while he continued to litigate, he honed his skills in government relations and administrative law on a national scale.  On behalf of his clients, Jeff has lobbied in Washington, D.C. and to more than 20 governors.

After attending UCLA for a year, Jeff matriculated to Yeshiva University, in New York.  Other than graduating with three degrees, Jeff was also the President of Yeshiva's Student Council and a starting member of the varsity basketball team.  Jeff attended Hastings College of the Law, where he received his J.D. in 1988.  Jeff was a member of the national moot court team which was ranked first in California and second in the United States. 

Jeff is extremely engaged Santa Ana politics and humanitarian work.  He is a volunteer case manager and member of the Advisory Board of Second Chance Orange County -- a non-profit which helps low-income individuals become productive members of society by providing individualized supportive services.  Jeff is the president of the Floral Park Neighborhood Association, an historic neighborhood near the Orange County courthouse.  He also is one of the founding members of We Love Santiago Park -- a group committing to returning Santa Ana's only nature reserve to the city's residents. 


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With High Honors
  • Yeshiva University, New York, New York
    • B.A. in English Literature; BS in Heath Sciences; AA in Judaic Studies - 1984
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List

Bar Admission

  • California, 1988


  • National Moot Court Champion

Past Positions

  • Kesher Law Group, Managing Partner, 2015 to 2020
  • Garcia Rainey Blank & Bowerbank, Of Counsel, 2018 to 2020
  • Western Dental Services, Inc., General Counsel, 1999 to 2003
  • Community Dental Services, Inc., General Counsel, 2004 to 2009
  • PacifiCare, Director of Regulatory Affairs, 2003 to 2004
  • Berger Kahn, Associate Attorney, 1994 to 1999

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Second Chance Orange County, 2017 to Present

Current Employment Position

  • Senior Counsel


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