Kirsten Spira co-chairs Jenner & Block's nationally recognized Professional Responsibility Practice and is also a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment Practices. She is a trial attorney with extensive experience litigating professional liability matters, employment claims, class actions, and commercial disputes. She has tried jury and bench trials, arbitrated cases to judgment, and successfully argued cases before the California Court of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Spira regularly represents national and international law firms in a wide variety of complex matters, including malpractice actions, disqualification motions, employment disputes and “aiding and abetting” actions brought against law firms by non-clients. She is certified by the California State Bar as a specialist in legal malpractice. In 2021, Ms. Spira was appointed as Chair of Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee. Ms. Spira regularly writes and lectures on professional responsibility matters.
Ms. Spira’s employment practice includes litigating claims alleging harassment, age discrimination, gender discrimination, race discrimination, disability discrimination, and retaliation. She litigates claims involving independent contractors, executive employment agreements, non-compete covenants, as well as wage-and-hour disputes.
Ms. Spira also represents clients in an array of complex commercial disputes, including class actions. She recently led a team that successfully defeated class certification on behalf of an automobile manufacturer, arbitrated a real estate partnership dispute to conclusion, and prevailed on an anti-SLAPP motion in an alleged Ponzi Scheme case.
Ms. Spira is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, the Hispanic National Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Association, and the Los Angeles County Bar. She chairs Jenner & Block’s West Coast Multi-Cultural Forum and is a member of the firm’s Women’s Forum and Hispanic Forum.
Ms. Spira is involved in several pro bono and community service programs. She supervises the firm’s extensive work with the Alliance for Children’s Rights pursuant to which the firm provides legal services for families adopting children from the foster care system, has served as an adult literacy tutor with the Central Los Angeles Public Library, and has represented survivors of domestic violence in Los Angeles Superior Court and before the California Court of Appeal.