Kimberly Almazan joined Cannata O’Toole Fickes & Almazan ("COFA") in 2012. Her practice focuses on general and complex civil litigation with a particular emphasis on environmental litigation and art law. Prior to joining COFA, Ms. Almazan gained broad-based contractual dispute and mass tort litigation experience at a commercial litigation boutique in New York City.
Ms. Almazan has helped build a highly successful environmental litigation practice at COFA. This includes successfully defending businesses and individuals in lawsuits alleging violations of the Clean Water Act and Proposition 65. She also regularly advises clients regarding compliance with the California General Permit so as to avoid litigation and penalties. Ms. Almazan was part of the team that successfully defended an industrial scrap metal facility in a two-week probation revocation hearing alleging violations of the Clean Water Act, the California Fish & Game Code and the California Toxics Rule, saving the client from paying a ~$500,000 fine. She has also obtained numerous favorable settlements for clients in cases brought by citizen enforcement groups for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.
Ms. Almazan’s art law practice includes the representation of artists, dealers, and auction houses in contractual negotiations and litigations. In addition, she has extensive experience in transactions in which works of art are pledged as collateral for loans and, likewise, an understanding of the Uniform Commercial Code’s application to art transactions.
While in New York, Ms. Almazan represented Fortune 500 cable/satellite television companies, large real estate development firms and individuals in sophisticated legal disputes.
Ms. Almazan received her undergraduate degree in Art History, magna cum laude, from Bowling Green State University and her law degree from Fordham University School of Law, where she served on the Fordham International Law Journal. She also studied Art History and Politics at Oxford University.
Ms. Almazan was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2013 and the State Bar of New York in 2008. She is admitted to practice in all of the U.S. District Courts of California as well as the U.S. District Courts in New York City. Ms. Almazan is originally from Cleveland, Ohio.
Ms. Almazan can be reached by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.