Ms. Dunkerly has been with the firm since 2007. She has been selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Star list in 2012 and 2015-2018. Additionally, she made the Super Lawyers list consecutively from 2021 to 2023. She has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts. Additionally, she and has presented on issues related to professional negligence to the Pasadena Bar Association and the American Institute of Architects and other professional groups and insurance providers. Ms. Dunkerly is a member of the American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter; Los Angeles County Bar Association; and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. She is an active member of the community, volunteering as a suicide prevention advocate at the state and national levels.
Ms. Dunkerly obtained her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. During her time there, Ms. Dunkerly was a Public Interest Scholar and served as an extern for a United States District Court Judge, a California Court of Appeal Justice, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. She graduated with a Master’s Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Barnard College at Columbia University.
Dismissal of Public Entity and Its Employees Upheld on Appeal: Ms. Dunkerly secured a dismissal for a public entity at the pleading stage and for its employees via summary judgment in a federal civil rights case. Both decisions were upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Summary Judgment for Public Entity Upheld on Appeal: Ms. Dunkerly secured a summary judgment for a public entity in a catastrophic personal injury lawsuit that alleged a dangerous condition of public property. Summary judgment was affirmed on appeal with substantial costs awarded against the plaintiff and in favor of her client.
Defense Verdict for Engineering Firm: Ms. Dunkerly represented a geotechnical engineering firm in an action alleging professional negligence and intentional torts related to a new residential development of luxury homes. Ms. Dunkerly’s team successfully tried the case and obtained a defense verdict.
Defense Verdict in Peace Officer Shooting: Ms. Dunkerly obtained a defense verdict for a public entity client arising out of a shooting of a handcuffed hospitalized arrestee who grabbed a deputy’s gun. Ms. Dunkerly obtained a defense verdict in a December 2014 jury trial held shortly after widely-viewed demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri relating to police violence.
Allegations Stricken and Lawsuit Against Attorney Dismissed: Ms. Dunkerly represented an attorney sued by a third party who alleged negligence and intentional torts. Ms. Dunkerly successfully moved to strike several causes of action and obtained an award of attorney fees as costs. Ms. Dunkerly later successfully argued that the remaining causes of action should be dismissed.
Summary Judgment on Dangerous Condition of Public Property Upheld on Appeal: Ms. Dunkerly won summary judgment based on lack of a dangerous condition and design immunity on behalf of a public entity after plaintiffs were severely injured in a multivehicle car accident. Summary judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court.
Summary Judgment for Emergency Driving Upheld on Appeal: Ms. Dunkerly won summary judgment for a law enforcement entity and its officer by persuading the court that the peace officer met the standard of care while driving to an emergency. Summary judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeal.
Defense Verdict in Civil Rights Case: Ms. Dunkerly represented a law enforcement entity and peace officer who were alleged to have violated various constitutional rights of a woman during her detention and arrest. Plaintiff sought punitive damages. Ms. Dunkerly successfully tried the case and obtained a defense verdict, which was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court.
Plaintiff’s Verdict in Personal Injury Case: Ms. Dunkerly represented a child injured on her school’s property. Ms. Dunkerly tried the case to verdict and obtained an award for her client.
- State Bar of California
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter
Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
- CA Ruling Limits Public Entity Liability for Sex Assault
- “Key Component of Settlement Agreements Requires Updating.” In Daily Journal, Feb. 5, 2019
- California Contract Law: A Protective Big Brother
- “Time Element.” In Insurance Agency Risk Management: E & O Exposures By Line of Business, edited by Dr. James W. Kallman et al., 591-625. New York: Thompson Reuters, 2014.
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