Katherine Harvey-Lee

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Katherine Harvey-Lee

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC Location: Los Angeles, California Phone: 888-406-6726
Fax: 310-820-7444
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Katherine Harvey-Lee is an attorney at the preeminent plaintiff law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, focusing her practice on commercial transportation accidents resulting in personal injury or wrongful death. In addition to her years of experience handling cases stemming from aviation accidents and truck accidents, Katherine has also been involved in numerous vehicle product liability actions and automotive defect cases.

While working towards a fine arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Katherine worked as a research assistant at the Software Engineering Institute, where she published a major report on maintaining quality assurance in large organizations while software and other engineered products are being developed.

Katherine went on to Whittier Law School, where she was a teaching assistant in legal writing and civil procedure. Katherine also served as a law clerk in the chambers of Justice Earl Johnson, Jr. of the California Second District Court of Appeals, Seventh Division. During her time at Whittier Law School, she received the distinctive Southern California Defense Scholar award for the school's top performance in torts and legal writing, and led teams for both the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Honors boards.

After obtaining her law degree, Katherine went to work for the California Fourth District Court of Appeals, where she did appellate work for indigent clients. Her compassion and willingness to help others carried her throughout the years as she worked on countless automotive and transportation cases for some of California's most distinguished plaintiffs' firms. That compassion continues to drive Katherine in her work at Baum Hedlund, where she has three times been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star. She has also been listed in Best Lawyers® since 2013. Her writing has also been published in The Advocate and TRIAL Magazine, where she covered the dangers of curbside bus operators.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Transportation Accidents
  • Trucking Accidents

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2001


  • Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California
    • J.D. summa cum laude - 2001
    • Honors: Moot Court Honors Board
    • Honors: Trial Advocacy Honors Board
    • Honors: Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City, Philippines, Exchange Scholar, 1982 - 83
    • Law Journal: Whittier Law School, Teaching Assistant, Civil Procedure & Legal Writing, 1999 - 2001
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • B.F.A. - 1987
    • Honors: With University Honors

Published Works

  • "Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress: Double Recovery for Negligence", Advocate Magazine, April, 2009
  • "A Tire Safety Issue that Is Coming of Age" (co-authored with Geoffrey Wells), Advocate Magazine, February, 2007
  • "SEI Workshop on Software Configuration Management", Software Engineering Institute Technical Report, ESD-TR-86-209, (CMU/SEI-86-TR-5), 1986
  • "Put the Brakes on 'Curbside' Bus Abuse" , TRIAL Magazine issued entitled, "Danger on the Road,", February , 2013


  • Panel Speaker: Personal Injury 101: Nuts and Bolts Seminar, Orange County Bar Association, 2011 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2005 - 2006
  • Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Star
  • American Jurisprudence Awards for the top grade in Torts and Legal Skills
  • Cali Excellence Awards for the top grade in Evidence, Juvenile Law, and Public Interest Law
  • Southern California Defense Counsel Scholar for Top Performance in Torts & Legal Writing
  • College conference record-holder in the 800m, 1986 - 1987
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2014
  • Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10
  • Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Appellate Defenders, Inc.

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteered legal services for the Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice program
  • Moot Court Judge for the American Board of Trial Advocates, Moot Court Competition, 2005 - 2009
  • Mentor through Los Angeles County foster child program
  • St. Mark Elementary School Parent Action Committee member