Kent is the Managing Partner of the San Diego office of CDF Labor Law LLP, a state-wide labor and employment defense firm representing global, national, and local employers in California state and federal courts. Kent represents employers in class action litigation and defends against a variety of employment law claims. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in employment class actions, resulting in multiple published decisions that have shaped the landscape of current wage and hour class action litigation in California.
Kent was a recipient of one of California Lawyer magazine’s 2015 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Awards for his work in the area of class actions. Kent previously worked for a national law firm in San Francisco in the employment law group and then spent nine years in his current firm’s San Francisco office before relocating to the San Diego office in 2015.
Kent is a 2003 Tony Patiño Fellow from UC Hastings, where he served on the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. During law school, Kent served as an extern for former U.S. District Court Judge (and now California Supreme Court Associate Justice) Martin J. Jenkins and also worked as a law clerk at the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office where he argued multiple preliminary hearings and other criminal court proceedings. Prior to law school, Kent attended the University of San Francisco, where he graduated cum laude in 2000, obtaining a B.A. in English Literature.
A member of the Fellowship’s Board of Directors since 2008, Kent also serves on the Screening Committee for UC Hastings, Chicago, and Columbia Law Schools. Kent also co-founded and continues to oversee the Tony Patiño Fellowship mentoring program at UC Hastings.
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