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McCarthy & McCarthy Attorney Profiles


McCarthy & McCarthy, LLP and its attorneys have a reputation for success and creativity in handling a myriad of legal matters. They are well known in legal communities throughout Northern California and also provide legal counsel in Southern California, Nevada and Colorado. Our attorneys are trial experienced and have participated in hundreds of mediations, arbitrations, and other alternative dispute resolutions proceedings. All attorneys are experienced and professional counselors to handle the vast array of legal inquiries and take necessary action to serve prospective clientele.

Kevin P. McCarthy, Managing Partner

Mr. McCarthy has and continues to focus his legal practice in the areas of corporate risk management, contract negotiation, construction defect defense, and general business litigation. His practice includes handling and managing developers, general contractors, joint venture partners, and their applicable insurance coverage in relation to disputes, which have a significant focus on construction failure, resultant property damage, diminution in value, and related personal injuries.


Mr. McCarthy has and continues to be the firm's chief and primary trial counsel. His litigation experience includes jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and multi-party mediation and dispute resolution.

His clientele includes real estate professionals, developers, designers, subcontractors, construction product managers, suppliers, engineers, corporate

affiliates to real estate and commercial improvements, and commercial insurers.

In addition, Mr. McCarthy's legal concentration includes insurance coverage, general commercial liability, employment related claims, professional liability, environmental impact claims, construction contract disputes, and risk management for the construction industry.

Mr. McCarthy is licensed to practice in California and Colorado. He is also admitted in each of the United States District Courts within California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., 1989)

University of San Francisco (B.S. Business/Finance, summa cum laude, 1985)

Valedictorian, Class of 1985


American Bar Association


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Kime H. Smith, Associate

Kime Smith is an experienced Bay Area litigator. Mr. Smith’s legal experience includes areas of employment, business, personal injury, and complex toxic torts. Mr. Smith’s current practice focuses on construction defect defense.

Mr. Smith has represented a variety of clients including general contractors, subcontractors, product manufacturers, and construction material suppliers.  Mr. Smith has extensive law and motion experience and deposition experience defending San Francisco and Los Angeles based entities.

At Syracuse University College of Law, Mr. Smith

received Dean’s List honors and received a

certificate from the Technology Management Program where he assessed university based inventions for intellectual property protection.  During the summer of 2002, Mr. Smith studied Chinese intellectual property law at the prestigious Tsinghai University of Beijing, China.

Mr. Smith is an active member of the San Francisco Aquarium Society, the oldest organization of its type in America.

Mr. Smith is licensed to practice law in California.


Syracuse University, College of Law (J.D., 2003)

University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1998)


scale construction projects and residential developments.  

Grace is skilled at law and motion and settlement negotiations.

Ms. Koss is a member of the State Bar of California, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., 2001)

University of California, Berkeley (B.S., 1995)


Grace Koss, Associate

Grace’s litigation experience includes the representation of individuals and entities in catastrophic injury, commercial, contract, and high profile tort litigation.  She has experience in handling pre-litigation claims and enforcing indemnity agreements and additional insured obligations in construction defect cases.

Ms. Koss is also experienced in the representation of subcontractors, developers, and general contractors in complex civil cases regarding large-

Prior to coming to California in 2009, Mr. Brence studied at the University of Colorado and spent his weekends teaching skiing.  

Mr. Brence is a member of the San Francisco County and San Mateo County Bar Associations, and is licensed to practice in California.


Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D. cum laude, 2011)

University of Colorado at Boulder (B.S. History, 2006)


San Francisco County Bar Association

San Mateo County Bar Association


Jeffrey J. Brence, Associate

Jeff Brence has broad experience in civil litigation, including construction, employment law, unlawful detainer actions, real estate contract disputes, and litigating probate matters.

Mr. Brence has represented numerous clients including general contractors, subcontractors, real estate developers, and real estate purchasers.  Mr. Brence has experience in law and motion, has drafted several successful summary judgment motions, and has filed briefs in the California Court of Appeals.  

Catherine J. Chen, Associate

Catherine Chen currently focuses her practice on construction defect litigation where she defends contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers of construction materials in suits filed in Northern California.

Ms. Chen draws from her extensive knowledge and experience as a litigator, and is involved with all

aspects of case development, including all phases of discovery and law & motion practice.

Ms. Chen's background includes wide-ranging knowledge of other areas of law, such as toxic tort, estate planning, real estate transactions, and corporate formation.


UCLA School of Law (J.D., 2000)

University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Philosophy, 1996)