Kimberly Pallen

Partner | San Francisco

Kimberly is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team.

She concentrates on general and complex civil litigation, art law, employment litigation, and trade secret matters. Kimberly handles actions filed in state and federal courts throughout the State of California.

Her commercial litigation experience covers a broad assortment of business disputes, including breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, conversion, and fraud. She has also managed a large number of cases involving breaches of fiduciary duty matters, arising out of various relationships such as trustee/beneficiary, employer/employee, and real estate agent/purchaser.

Kimberly’s art law practice includes the representation of collectors, artists, dealers, appraisers and auction houses in litigation and contractual negotiations. Kimberly has extensive experience with authenticity issues, copyright infringement, as well as transactions in which works of art are pledged as collateral for loans. She was lead counsel in a group of lawsuits to recover collateral for a client that had a perfected security interest in a California gallery’s works of art; she successfully recovered damages for valuable works of art by, among others, Marc Chagall, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jeff Koons, that had been fraudulently conveyed after the gallery owner defaulted. Kimberly is also a contributor to the San Francisco art community, serving as the Chair of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Art Law Section, and the Membership Chair and an Executive Committee member of ArtTable’s Northern California chapter.

Kimberly also handles litigations in the employment sector for both employers and employees, with a focus on claims involving employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, disability, and FMLA. She has also litigated numerous matters involving California non-compete, non-disparagement and non-solicitation clauses, and regularly comments on the particularities surrounding California’s employment laws as compared to other states in the country.

Secretary Pamela Moran





State of New York, 2008

State of California, 2013

‘Unpaid art internships still rife,’ The Art Newspaper - September 1, 2021, quoted

You’re Fired! Arts Workers Face Legal Woes,’ The Art Newspaper - March 3, 2021, quoted

Social Media Eyes Embeds as Courts Mull Copyright Limits,’ Bloomberg Law - July 2, 2020, quoted

Chair of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Art Law Section

Membership Chair and an Executive Committee member of ArtTable’s Northern California chapter

‘Legal Issues Confronting Artists,’ I Am An Artist - July 28, 2021, speaker

‘Art and AB5,’ The Bar Association of San Francisco (Webinar) - April 21, 2021, moderator

‘Legal Careers Everything You Always Wanted to Know - Careers in Art Law,’ The Bar Association of San Francisco (Webinar) - January 26, 2021, speaker



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505 Sansome Street,

2nd Floor,

CA 94111

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23 January 2019 - Video

Withers art - US dispute resolution updates