Kimberly Branscome is a trial lawyer with a particular emphasis in mass tort and products liability litigation. She has served as trial counsel in a number of high-profile cases, including In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. Her experience includes environmental and toxic tort, product and professional liability, and securities matters.
Kimberly currently serves as one of Johnson & Johnson’s lead trial counsel in product liability litigation associated with Johnson’s Baby Powder. In November 2018, Kimberly won a complete defense verdict on behalf of Johnson & Johnson in Allen v. Brenntag North America Inc. Plaintiff had sought nearly $40 million in compensatory damages as well as punitive damages to be determined at trial. Law360 cited the case as one of the “Top Product Liability cases of 2018,” and the Daily Journal selected the case as one of its “Top Defense Verdicts” of 2018.
Kimberly’s representation of GM in its ignition switch litigation has been lauded by Law360 in “GM Driver Virtually Unharmed By Icy Wreck, Expert Claims” and “GM Passenger Grapples With Scant Injury Records At Trial”. Kimberly served as trial counsel for GM in the second federal bellwether trial, Barthelemy Spain v. GM, and the first state bellwether trial, Stevens v. GM. Each trial resulted in a defense verdict for GM.
In 2019, Kimberly was named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 list of “Most Influential Women Lawyers,” and to the Daily Journal’s 2019 list of “Top Women Lawyers.” Kimberly was recognized in The Legal 500 United States for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Toxic Tort - Defense in 2018–2019 and for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Consumer Products in 2019. In 2017, Kimberly was named to Law360’s “Rising Stars” list for her trial work and was recognized by Southern California Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” from 2013 to 2019 for class action and mass torts. In 2016, Kimberly was listed in Washington D.C. Super Lawyers and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Washington D.C. Super Lawyers every year since 2013.
Memberships & Affiliations
Association of Business Trial LawyersLaw360’s 2019 Trials Editorial Advisory Board
Admissions & Qualifications
- 2009District of Columbia
- Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.2007Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
- Vanderbilt UniversityB.E., Biomedical Engineering & Chemical Engineeringmagna cum laude2004