Kevin M. Benedicto represents and advises clients in a variety of litigation matters. His areas of practice include complex litigation, cybersecurity and data privacy matters, securities investigations and litigation, business and corporate disputes, insurance coverage litigation, and toxic torts. He works with innovative clients in the technology industry, advising on issues surrounding cybersecurity, data privacy, cyberinsurance, and compliance with new laws and regulations such as the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). Kevin has represented and advised clients in the cloud computing, gaming and esports, and financial technology (fintech) sectors.
Prior to joining the firm, Kevin served as a judicial extern for Judge Paul J. Watford of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Kevin also maintains an active and varied pro bono practice. Kevin has served as a Voting Rights Fellow at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, assisting in election protection and voting rights litigation, including in the leadup and aftermath of the 2020 United States General Election. Kevin has represented and worked with organizations such as the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement and the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice to advise law enforcement agencies across the country on their use of force policies. Kevin is also a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF) Criminal Justice Task Force. He has also represented a detained transgender individual in asylum and appeal proceedings culminating in a grant of asylum, assisted wildfire victims in seeking aid and assistance, and has represented pro bono clients in immigration and guardianship proceedings.
Kevin received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was President and Chair of the Moot Court Team and served on the Managing Board of the Virginia Journal of International Law. He was also Vice President of UVA Street Law and volunteered with the Virginia Innocence Project.
Kevin graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California San Diego. Before law school, Kevin was an intern for the US Department of Justice – Environment and Natural Resources Division.
In Hussey v. Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2017), the district court granted with prejudice a motion to dismiss Section 14 claims finding that plaintiff had abandoned its Section 14(d)(7) claims and failed to state a Section 14(e) claim because scienter is required and was not pled, nor was falsity adequately pled. Media coverage of this decision is linked to this bio.
University of California, San Diego, 2011, BA, Political Science – American Politics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
University of Virginia School of Law, 2015, JD
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
US District Court for Central District of California
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Insurance, Law360 (2020)
Appointee, San Francisco Superior Court Local Committee on Elimination of Bias (2021)
Recipient, Award of Merit, The Bar Association of San Francisco (2021)
Recipient, Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (2021)
Recipient, Diversity Award, The Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco (2020)
Legal Advisory Board, Swords to Plowshares
Member, Asian American Bar Association of San Francisco