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André E. Jardini

André E. Jardini is the President of KPC Legal Audit Services, Inc.  He has over 30 years experience as a lawyer and has been actively involved in auditing legal billings and related litigation since 1986.

Mr. Jardini is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Hastings College of Law.  He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1976 and is also admitted to the Central, Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of the United States District Court, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He was a law clerk to the Honorable Robert Firth of the United States District Court, Central District of California, in 1977 and 1978.  Mr. Jardini has been employed by Knapp, Petersen & Clarke since its inception in 1981.  He is a Director of the firm and also serves as a member of the firm’s management committee.

Mr. Jardini is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  He has conducted trials to jury verdict in more than 50 cases, most with exposure in the six-to-eight figure range.  He has also been involved in environmental litigation, insurance coverage litigation, federal and multidistrict litigation, products litigation, toxic tort litigation, intellectual property litigation, and insurance bad faith litigation.  Such litigation background has been a significant benefit in KPC Legal Audit’s work, has lent credibility to our opinions with outside counsel, and has served to facilitate dealings with them.  He is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.

Mr. Jardini’s practice areas are wide ranging and include intellectual property, legal malpractice, business litigation, and employment law, including wage and hour class-action lawsuits.  His audit experience includes testifying as an expert witness in arbitration proceedings and trials concerning the billings of major law firms throughout the United States and internationally.  The matters included multidistrict litigation, environmental litigation, as well as intellectual property matters.

He has tried and arbitrated numerous cases in which the predominant issue involved the reasonableness of attorneys’ fees and costs.  He has conducted numerous audits involving, cumulatively, more than $1 billion dollars in legal billings.  He has frequently served as a consultant and expert witness on the reasonableness of attorney fees.

Areas of Practice:

  • Litigation and appeals
  • Insurance law
  • Employment law — employer
  • Employment law — employee
  • Bad faith
  • Real estate law
  • Wrongful termination — employee
  • Wrongful termination — employer
  • Intellectual property law
  • Review and analysis of legal billing
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