Kimberly Chu

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Kimberly J. Chu attended the University of California – Irvine as an undergraduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology with specializations in both Criminology, Law and Society, and Psychology and Social Behavior. She graduated with honors and went on to obtain her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. While in Boston, she spent time as a law clerk working in the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General.

Ms. Chu joined Brayton Purcell, LLP in September 2001 and has since worked in numerous areas of civil litigation practice, including matters related to asbestos and pharmaceuticals, as well as claims brought under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. She is admitted to practice in California, Washington and a number of federal district courts.

She has decades of experience in all phases of litigation including client interviews, discovery, depositions, motions, oral argument, pre-trial preparation and trial. Currently, Ms. Chu most often can be found arguing motions in court, working with clients on their cases and mentoring newer associates. Ms. Chu is also a member of various professional organizations including, but not limited to, Consumer Attorneys of California.

In her spare time, Ms. Chu loves reading, going to the movies and discovering new places to eat. She enjoys watching her kids’ dance performances, listening to school bands and attending scouting events. She also can be found camping, hiking, traveling and spending time with her extended family in Hawaii and Illinois. Ms. Chu lives in Sonoma County, sharing a home with her husband, kids, cat, rabbit and some Hawaiian lava shrimp


Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts

  • J.D. – 1999

University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California

  • B.A. -1994
  • Honors: cum laude
  • Major: Social Ecology

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Justice, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Marin County Bar Association, Member, Present

Bar Admission

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Current Employment Position

  • Associate

What Our Clients Say

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  • I just wanted to thank you so very much for all the work that you’ve done for us. This has allowed me to help my daughter an awful lot…This allowed me to buy her her first home, also put away a savings bond and started a little annuity for her. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this had you not worked so hard to get the monies that you did. I just want to let you know I really appreciate it.
  • On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for the way your firm handled my late husband’s case. Everyone that I dealt with was courteous, patient, and prompt in responding to my questions and concerns. Thank you very much for the excellent job, and most of all for your support during the process. Your guidance and the resolution to our case has brought closure to a difficult chapter in my life.
  • When The Brayton-Purcell Firm took my case I had almost given up hope of ever getting before a jury. I had a difficult and long standing case and had already been with two firms. Brayton-Purcell attorney Jason Rose worked closely with me, keeping me updated and giving me access to him which gave me a feeling of having someone truly on my side; a feeling that they were putting their whole effort into my case. Just getting this case a court date was an amazing feat. When we went to trial I met Gil Purcell and watched these two work professionally against great odds. They knew what they were doing, knew how to adapt to issues as they came up and all the while helped me hold up. We received a terrific verdict and are now in the appeal process. I have confidence that the Brayton-Purcell appellate team will be as competent and compassionate for me as my trial team was. Coming together with this firm has brought me a sense of confidence and peace that I wasn’t sure I was going to get a chance to feel.
  • I’d like to thank Brayton & Purcell for all the work your firm has done for me. I have asbestosis and without Brayton Purcell representing me the likelihood of getting compensated by asbestos manufacturers and the material suppliers of asbestos products would be zero. The law partners who run the show already know this, but I am going to write it down anyway. Every contact I had with anyone at Brayton Purcell LLP be it phone, fax, email and or personally, I’ve been treated courteously and promptly by your great employees.
  • From my first contact with your firm, I have been treated with respect, compassion, and in a most professional manner. …Nothing will ever take away this pain of loss but the settlement will help provide since I have health problems and am unable to work.
  • Your work has allowed us to continue to live our lives without fear of financial ruin and to be able to plan a future. . .
  • . . .Thank you for all you have done for me and for Bill before he died. You have been so caring. . .