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New Courtroom to be Named for Whittier Alumnus Paul Kiesel

The sophisticated new courtroom planned at Whittier Law School will be named the Kiesel Advocacy Center in honor of Paul Kiesel, an ’85 alumnus and longtime supporter of Whittier Law School. Kiesel, a senior Partner at the Beverly Hills plaintiff’s firm of Kiesel Boucher & Larson, and his wife Dana have pledged a lead gift for the large-scale remodeling project. With a courtroom, judge’s chambers and jury deliberation room, the Kiesel Advocacy Center will help attract prestigious leaders and academics to Whittier Law School.

“Whittier Law School has entered an exciting era of growth, and Mr. Kiesel’s gift both acknowledges and accelerates our development,” said Penelope Bryan, Dean of Whittier Law School. “The Kiesel Advocacy Center will help enhance our reputation within our region, our nation and the world.”

Paul Kiesel received his Juris Doctor from the Whittier College School of Law in Los Angeles in 1985. In 2005, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law from Whittier Law School. His practice is devoted to representing consumers in personal injury, class action, environmental, and toxic tort litigation.

Mr. Kiesel currently serves as national Lead Counsel in the federal Multi-District Litigation against a major pharmaceutical company, and has served as Liaison Counsel in the litigation arising out of the 2008 Chatsworth Metrolink crash that killed 24 individuals and injured over 100 people.

Mr. Kiesel is very active in the legal community. He is the Assistant Vice President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and was the past Chair of the Litigation Section. He was appointed by former Chief Justice Ronald George to the State of California Judicial Council Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee. Mr. Kiesel is currently the Co-chair of the Open Courts Coalition, a bipartisan committee of attorneys from throughout California advocating full funding of the civil justice system. Mr. Kiesel was named one of the top 100 attorneys in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and one of Lawdragon’s top 500 lawyers in