Claire-Lise Y. Kutlay

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Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa Street
30th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Main: (213) 334-7000

Claire-Lise Kutlay is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on complex commercial disputes, business litigation matters, labor and employment litigation, and representing survivors of sexual assault.  Ms. Kutlay has successfully represented high-profile clients and examined key fact witnesses at trial; taken depositions of fact witnesses; briefed and prepared arguments in connection with a variety of motions and trial briefs; and prepared fact and expert witnesses for trial.  Ms. Kutlay has experience in commercial contracts, misappropriation of trade secrets, labor and employment, trust and estates, and fraud matters. 

Ms. Kutlay received her law degree at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where she participated in the Experian/Jones Day Moot Court.  Prior to law school, Ms. Kutlay worked as a behavioral safety trainer in the United Arab Emirates. Ms. Kutlay received her undergraduate degree in commerce at the University of Victoria, where she made the Dean’s List.

Representative Matters

  • Lead associate on two-week trial and obtained a seven-figure jury verdict for plaintiff in a whistleblower/wrongful termination lawsuit and a multi-million dollar attorneys’ fee award. The verdict was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the top plaintiff verdicts of 2018.
  • Obtained defense jury verdict for defendant AmLaw 200 firm in case seeking $500 million in damages for violation of civil RICO, fraud, and other torts. The verdict was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the top defense verdicts of 2018.
  • Second-chaired trial and obtained jury verdict for plaintiff in a reformation of contract case.
  • Represented Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) employees in trade secrets misappropriation litigation against Broadcom Corporation.

Awards & Recognition

  • Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2020
  • Top Plaintiff Verdict of 2018, Daily Journal
  • Top Defense Verdict of 2018, Daily Journal
  • Pro Bono Achievement Award 2013, 2015
  • Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Services Certificate, 2015

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association (serving on the Board of the Barristers Section)
  • Member, Women Lawyer’s Association of Los Angeles
  • Member, Arab American Lawyers Association of Southern California

Publications & Lectures

  • Conducting and Documenting Proper Evidence Collections
    April 2020 | Los Angeles Lawyer | Read Article

In the News

  • Childhood Sexual Abuse Case Filed Against Santa Ana Unified School District
    September 17, 2020 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Child Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed Against UCLA and Conrad Mainwaring
    September 16, 2020 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Four Siblings Sue the Sunrise Center and Lorraine Grace for Sexual Assault
    September 10, 2020 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Great-Granddaughter of Gucci Founder Files Child Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Stepfather, Mother and Grandmother
    September 9, 2020 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Two Lawyers Selected as 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars
    June 9, 2020 | Southern California Super Lawyers | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross Files Lawsuit Against Optimal Christian Academy and School Administrator Mark Mosby
    May 19, 2020 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross Recognized for Two “Top Verdicts” of 2018
    February 22, 2019 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross LLP Wins Defense Verdict for AM Law 200 Law Firm Against Heirs of Dairy Empire
    September 28, 2018 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross’s $2.8 Million Verdict Featured in the Los Angeles Times
    August 7, 2018 | Los Angeles Times | Read Article


J.D., cum laude, University of California, Irvine, 2015

  • Moot Court
  • Domestic Violence Clinic

B.A., University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada


  • State of California

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