Cassandra Payton is an associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, and Ms. Payton frequently represents companies across various industries in litigation involving commercial disputes, consumer class actions, intellectual property, and labor and employment. Ms. Payton frequently represents clients in both state and federal court. She has significant experience with all phases of litigation including motions to dismiss, preparing and responding to discovery requests, depositions, motions for summary judgment, motions for class certification, trial, and post-trial motions.
Ms. Payton's consumer class action defense experience includes litigating claims brought under the California Invasion of Privacy Act ("CIPA") and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). Ms. Payton also has experience representing clients in lawsuits involving claims brought under state consumer protection and false advertising statutes.
In the area of employment law, Ms. Payton also has experience counseling clients on employment issues before they become disputes. In the area of restrictive covenants, trade secrets, and arbitration, Ms. Payton drafts and interprets the enforceability of contracts containing these provisions. Ms. Payton also counsels employers on making day-to-day employment decisions to ensure compliance with applicable employment laws and regulations.
Before joining K&L Gates, Ms. Payton served for two years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Raner C. Collins of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. There, she gained significant experience in federal civil procedure and numerous substantive areas of law. Ms. Payton worked on cases involving class action claims, trademark, employment discrimination, housing discrimination, claims brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act, insurance coverage, and breach of contract.