Experience and Practice Areas
Keri Mehling practices in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, real estate and construction defects.
Complex Litigation. Ms. Mehling’s experience has predominantly been in the area of complex litigation where she has assisted in the management and successful resolution of claims involving catastrophic personal injury, and multi-million dollar real property, construction and environmental claims, including an oil refinery explosion and destruction and the resultant litigation.
Insurance Defense. In the insurance defense field, Ms. Mehling has used her 10 years of plaintiff’s personal injury experience to successfully defend cases on behalf of insurance carriers such as Founders Insurance and the Automobile Club of Southern California relating to automobile accidents, dramshop liability, and personal injury relating to tourist activities. Her background in insurance defense also includes representation of apartment owner associations, individual owners, and real estate professionals.
Admiralty and Administrative Law. Ms. Mehling also maintains an administrative law practice, including representation of boating and business clients in their interactions with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Liquor and Public Utilities Commission.
With a background in real estate and mortgage, Ms. Mehling represents both buyers and sellers of real property and local businesses.
Personal Injury. Ms. Mehling also has extensive experience with personal injury, product liability, agricultural, environmental and complex business litigation. While formerly employed at Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball in Kern County, California, Ms. Mehling assisted in the representation of the catastrophically injured in oil field accidents and other areas, in defending several large agricultural entities, including grape, orange, almond and potato growers, as well as a local oil refinery. She also assisted in obtaining successful outcomes for consumers against manufacturers of automobiles, swamp coolers, and ATV’s, among other products.
Real Estate and Business Transactions. Ms. Mehling has engaged in complex real estate and business transactions representing owners, developers, sellers and buyers of commercial and residential properties, and handled the purchase and sale of local businesses. She handles transactions involving the selection, acquisition, documentation, use, zoning, development, management, leasing, and conveyance of land for a range of clients, including land and building owners, brokers, and investors.
Construction. Ms. Mehling has litigated to settlement several multi-million dollar construction defect claims for condominium associations. She has assisted clients with defects relating to mold, roofs, building envelopes, siding, waterproofing, flashing, framing, windows, doors, millwork, masonry work, pools, tile, drainage, flooding, and subsidence.
California Pacific School of Law, J.D.
California State University at Bakersfield, B.A., Criminal Justice
Licenses and Professional Associations
Admitted to Hawai’i State Bar Association, California State Bar Association, U.S. District Court, District of Hawai’i, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
American Bar Association
Maui County Bar Association
Arbitrator, Hawai’i Court Annexed Arbitration Program
Publications and Presentations
“Containing Mold”, Hawai’i Business Magazine, July, 2006
“Mold Issues in Insurance”, Presentation before one of Hawaii’s largest locally established property and casualty insurance carrier, September 2006
Recipient of West Publishing’s Corpus Juris Secundum Award in Real Property Law
Roger J. Traynor Moot Court Competition, First Place Overall in California, Second Place Team Oral Advocacy, Second Place Team Appellate Advocacy
Hawai’i Canoe Racing Association, Member Board of Directors (2004-current), Secretary (2009-2012)
Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association, Past Secretary, Race Director
Teen Court of Kern County and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals