Kimberly M. Talley
If you were to ask Kimberly M. Talley’s colleagues what sets her apart in the legal field, they’ll say that it is her strategic thinking, high quality work product, and willingness to think outside the box when defending her clients. Her co-counsel aptly stated: “Kim and our firm have been working together some time on some intricate wage and hour litigation.... I can tell that Kim and her team are very thoughtful, thorough, and hardworking, and know this area quite well. They are chess players.” Kim’s strategic and innovative thinking, along with her impressive litigation skills, have resulted in the successful resolution of many of her cases over the last 30 years. She has had multiple cases, including class and representative actions, dismissed outright.
Today, she’s an equity partner with national law firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, at their Los Angeles office, where she’s dedicated herself to management-side labor law and employment law. A Harvard Law School graduate, Kim represents employers in single and multi-plaintiff litigation as well as complex wage and hour litigation. She also represents employers in traditional labor matters, including defending them against alleged violations of the collective bargaining agreement. Her clients include The Cheesecake Factory Restaurant, Inc., Bristol Farms, Albertsons, and Huy Fong Foods, Inc. (makers of the famous Sriracha sauce).
Kim has served in several key management and leadership positions at Constangy, including serving two terms as a member of the firm’s executive committee in recent years. She currently serves on the firm’s Steering Committee for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (“DEI”) and serves on several DEI sub-committees. She is committed to making the legal profession a more diverse and inclusive place to work, especially in BigLaw.
Kim is favorably regarded in both the legal and business community and has been recognized with numerous honors over the years. She was named one of the Most Influential Women Making a Difference in 2021 by Beyond Exclamation Magazine and was featured as a cover story on her success as a woman of color in BigLaw. She was named One of the Most Influential Women in Corporate America in 2019 by Savoy Magazine. In addition to being listed as a Southern California Super Lawyer 17 times, she has been named by the same publication as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Southern California six times since 2009. Kim is also a fellow of the American Bar Association, reserved only for the nation’s top 1% of practicing attorneys. She is also a member of the Top 100 National Black Lawyers, a network of well-known African-American lawyers who are leaders in the field.
When Kim is not practicing law, she spends time with her husband, Mark Wilson, and their two chow-chows, Ari and Chloe. Kim is an avid photographer and several of her photos of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, taken between 1986 and 1989 while all three attended Harvard Law School, were featured in an MSNBC documentary and a book about Michelle Obama.
Kimberly M. Talley
Partner — Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP