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Kyle Quackenbush

Associate

Overview

Kyle Quackenbush prosecutes class actions and other complex civil litigation, with a focus on antitrust. He has participated in all stages of litigation, including drafting pleadings, coordinating document discovery, taking depositions, preparing dispositive motions, and trial. Among other work, Kyle has contributed his skills to several antitrust cases involving the pharmaceutical industry, focusing on the interplay between antitrust and intellectual property law as well as market concentration within payor and provider networks. He was named a Northern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2020 and 2021. 

Kyle has continuously volunteered for the Federal Pro Bono Project of the Bar Association of San Francisco since receiving his bar license. He currently represents a plaintiff who alleges the San Francisco Zen Center (“SFZC”) discriminated against him on the basis of his disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The case involves interesting constitutional issues; the SFZC argues that as a religious organization it cannot be held liable for plaintiff’s claims under the ADA. The Honorable Jacqueline Scott Corley presides, Behrend v. San Francisco Zen Center, Inc., et al., No. 3:21-cv-01905 (N.D. Cal.).

In another case, Kyle represented a plaintiff who alleged employees at Salinas Valley State Prison were deliberately indifferent to the plaintiff’s serious medical needs, in violation of the Eighth Amendment. Kyle helped reach a settlement of $23,000. The Honorable Lucy H. Koh presided, Pratt v. Bright, et al., No. 17-cv-04275 (N.D. Cal.). Kyle also represented a homeowner-plaintiff in settlement negotiations with Wells Fargo.

During law school, Kyle was a Summer Honors Legal Intern at the Federal Trade Commission’s San Francisco office, and a Legal Extern at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. While at the FTC, he co-authored The Efficiencies Defenestration, Are Regulators Throwing Valid Healthcare Efficiencies Out The Window?, published in the winter 2017 issue of the Journal of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the California Lawyers Association.

In addition to his membership in the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco, Kyle participates in the Barristers Association of San Francisco, working to provide information and resources to lawyers in their first ten years of practice.

Education

University of Washington School of Law, J.D.

Santa Clara University, B.S., Political Science; B.A., Spanish Studies

Admissions

  • State of California
  • US Court of Appeals – Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit
  • US District Court – Northern District of California
  • US District Court – Southern District of California
  • US District Court – Northern District of Illinois

Languages

  • Spanish (conversational)
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