Kay Anderle

Keller Anderle LLP
18300 Von Karman Ave., Suite 930
Irvine, CA 92612-1057

Kay Anderle


With over two decades of experience and nearly 100 cases to jury verdict, Kay Anderle has earned a reputation as a leading trial attorney. Kay began her legal career over 20 years ago in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office where she spent 12 years prosecuting criminal cases. She soon climbed to the department's most demanding felony trial assignments, where she handled major crimes that included homicide, mayhem, rape, child molestation, robbery and embezzlement.  As a prosecutor, Anderle tried over 90 cases.

In 2004, Kay entered private practice as a criminal defense attorney, bringing with her an unparalleled perspective on criminal prosecutions.  Her negotiation and trial skills have made her one of the most effective defense lawyers in Southern California.  She has handled all types of cases but emphasizes white-collar criminal defense.

Kay has extended her practice to include civil litigation. In 2013, she was co-lead plaintiff counsel on a business fraud trial which resulted in a jury award of over $3,375,000 in economic and over $1,465,000 in punitive damages. In 2009 and 2011, Kay was on the trial team with Jennifer Keller (who was lead counsel) in two major civil cases. In 2011, she worked with Ms. Keller in the retrial of the epic doll battle Mattel v. MGA, in which MGA was defending against copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation claims and prosecuting its own trade secret misappropriation action against Mattel. The jury rejected all of Mattel’s claims of copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation and awarded $85,000,000 in damages to MGA Entertainment; the judge added another $85 million in punitive damages.  (Although the judgment was reversed on appeal, the client’s $139 million attorneys’ fee award remained.)  In 2009, Kay worked with Ms. Keller in a business fraud trial in which the jury awarded $350 million, the largest jury verdict in California that year.

Kay’s versatility as a trial attorney and skilled negotiator gives her clients a multi-dimensional advocate who can quickly assess their case and devise a winning strategy.


Kay has been recognized locally, statewide and nationally for her expertise.  These include: OC Metro Magazine, Orange County’s Top Lawyers for 2013 (criminal defense); The Best Lawyers In America®, White Collar and Non White Collar Criminal Defense; National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California; California Lawyer Magazine, 2012 Lawyers of the Year, Honorable Mention (Litigation); and Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (2009-2013).


For many years Kay has given back to the legal community, serving in leadership positions.  These have included: National Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Committee; Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Administration of Justice Committee; OCBA Judiciary Committee; OCBA Charitable Fund, Board of Directors; and Robert Banyard Inn of Court, Master Bencher.  She is also a member of numerous other organizations, including: OC Chapter of Federal Bar Association; LA and OC Chapters of Business Trial Lawyers; California Attorneys for Criminal Justice; and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


Kay is active in an array of community activities.  She currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for Chapman University, Dale Fowler School of Law.  She is a member of many other groups, including: Democratic Foundation of Orange County; Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Friend of the Center; South Coast Repertory, Golden Circle; Los Angeles Opera, Patron; and The Sierra Club.


Kay received her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law and her B.A. from Wake Forest University