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I like the underdog fight, going up against big, multinational, billion-dollar corporations. They have endless resources. Without attorneys who are willing to do that, people would never see justice.
Kyle Tracy was part of a legal team that won the first-ever cosmetic talcum powder verdict in an asbestos case in 2015. He also helped win the largest asbestos verdict in Washington state history in 2013.
The National Trial Lawyers named Mr. Tracy one of its “Top 40 Under 40” trial attorneys twice – in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, he was selected as one of their Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Tracy joined Weitz & Luxenberg’s Los Angeles-based Asbestos Litigation Group in the fall of 2016.
Mr. Tracy received his bachelor’s degree in Directing at Ithaca College in his native New York before relocating to California.
Before turning to civil litigation, Mr. Tracy worked for three years in the criminal justice system and was the principal trial attorney in 27 jury trials. It prepared him for his work in asbestos and other civil cases.
In 2015, Mr. Tracy was part of a legal team contesting a mesothelioma case relating to the presence of asbestos in a talcum powder product his female client had used for years. The California jury deliberated just two hours before awarding his client more than $13 million dollars. The verdict was one of the 20 largest in California in that year.
Mr. Tracy says his education and experience in directing helped make him a better attorney in the courtroom. Just as a director walks the audience through a story, the plaintiff’s attorney in a civil case must unspool a plotline, too.
“The courtroom is very similar to theater,” Mr. Tracy said. “My job as a trial attorney, really, is that of the director. You take the audience, which is the jury, on an emotional journey with a beginning, the opening statements; a middle, which is the evidence; and the end, which are the closing arguments.
“It’s an emotional roller-coaster and I feel like directing definitely helped me in the courtroom,” he said.
Kyle Tracy will be happy to review your case.