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, and toxic torts. He works with innovative clients in the technology industry, advising on issues surrounding cybersecurity, data privacy, and compliance with new laws and regulations such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). 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. Representing the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement, he advised the San Francisco Police Department on reforms and updates to their use of force policies. 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 is also a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF) Criminal Justice Task Force.
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
Awards and Affiliations
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)