Kevin P. Cody, who joined the firm in 1983 and became a partner in 1988, has represented hundreds of business and individual clients, including product manufacturers, real estate developers, contractors, architects and engineers, and commercial and residential property owners. His cases range from multi-million dollar consumer class action and product liability lawsuits, to complex construction, real estate and business litigation, to catastrophic injury actions. He has litigated matters throughout the state of California, including the representation of clients in 23 of California's 58 counties, and has tried, in both state and federal district court, 17 matters to verdict and/or judgment. Mr. Cody also advises clients about contractual and corporate obligations, and assists clients in drafting contracts and corporate documents.
Mr. Cody has been a regular panelist at the Ropers, Majeski annual seminar presented nationally, addressing topics that include current litigation, appellate and Supreme Court decisions and legislation having to do with consumer class actions, product liability and construction. A past member of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Section of the Santa Clara Bar Association, Mr. Cody was a panelist at the 2011 and 2012 Bar Association Real Estate Symposium, providing a summary of recent California real estate law. He has also co-chaired an Association of Defense Counsel presentation on the selection and use of experts in construction litigation. Mr. Cody has authored articles on construction topics, including the California Right to Repair Legislation (SB 800).
A native of San Jose, CA, where he was born on June 24, 1953, Mr. Cody earned his bachelor's degree in biology in 1975 and his law degree in 1980, both from Santa Clara University. As a law student, Mr. Cody received the distinction of being elected to the Santa Clara Law Review and being appointed Technical Editor.
Mr. Cody is a member of the State Bar of California and has been admitted to practice in federal court for the Northern District of California. He is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and has served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Superior Court of the County of Santa Clara on numerous occasions. He holds the highest personal rating from Martindale-Hubbell, an AV® rating.