Wilson Turner Kosmo, the largest certified women-owned law firm in San Diego, has elevated four industry-leading attorneys to partner. Effective Jan. 1, Jennifer Arnold, Douglas Clifford, Kirsten Gallacher and Nicole Roysdon began their new leadership roles.
“Our firm’s latest partners are formidable attorneys and impressive leaders who are passionate about the work that they do here at the firm and in the community,” said WTK managing partner Carolina Bravo-Karimi. “Their steadfast dedication to our clients, mentorship to rising attorneys and community volunteerism elevate Wilson Turner Kosmo’s high-quality work product and the legal industry at large.”
Arnold, a leader in WTK’s Business Litigation, Products Liability and Warranty practice groups, has built her practice around safeguarding businesses in a wide array of disputes including class-action lawsuits, employment disputes and trade-secret litigation. Arnold works strategically to apply her thorough understanding of her client’s business realities and litigation goals to achieve resolutions that address their needs.
Prior to WTK, she served as a Deputy Attorney General in California’s Department of Justice, practiced law at a boutique civil trial firm, served as a law clerk for the Hon. Mitchell Dembin and externed for the Hon. William McCurine, Jr., both of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
Arnold is a member of ATHENA San Diego, DRI, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (San Diego Chapter), San Diego County Bar Association, Lawyers Club of San Diego, Federal Bar Association, Women in eDiscovery and ESI Forum. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and a B.A. in Government from The College of William and Mary.
A partner in the firm’s Class Action and Employment Law practice groups, Clifford has over 15 years of experience practicing employment law in a variety of roles, including litigator, in-house counsel, adjunct professor, mediator and business owner. Representing and advising clients on wage and hour, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation issues at the state and federal levels, he is also a respected workplace investigator with a deep understanding of the issues facing California employers.
Before joining WTK, Clifford worked as employment counsel for a multi-national staffing company, founded and managed his own employment law firm, litigated for over a decade at a large Southern California employment law firm and was an adjunct professor at the University of Redlands.
Clifford has a long history of giving back to the local community, having served on the board of directors for Friends of La Posada and Balboa Park Conservancy. He earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law and B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Gallacher, a partner in the firm’s Class Action and Employment Law practice groups, defends clients in putative class-action matters, mainly in the consumer protection and employment arenas. A skilled attorney, mediator and negotiator, she has a demonstrated track record of not only litigating and prevailing at trial but also obtaining summary judgement when contested. Gallacher is a rising star in the legal industry who businesses of all sizes, and across a plethora of industries, entrust to take appropriate action to eliminate or reduce their exposure to penalties under California’s labor laws.
She began her legal career serving as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Michael M. Anello and the Hon. Barry Ted Moskowitz, both of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Later, Gallacher served as an associate at a global law firm and was an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego, School of Law, where she is a member of the school’s Alumni Association Board of Directors. In 2021, she received the Law School’s Rising Star Recent Alumni Award.
Gallacher has volunteered with Big Brothers and Sisters of San Diego County since 2015 and is a member of the Lawyers Club of San Diego. She received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Diego, School of Law and B.A. from McGill University.
Roysdon, a leader in the firm’s Employment Law and Class Action groups, has over a decade of experience representing employers in a variety of disputes, including wage and hour litigation, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation. She has extensive experience representing clients involved in arbitration and complex and multi-party litigation in both state and federal courts.
Prior to joining WTK, Roysdon gained unique insight into plaintiffs’ litigation strategy representing employees in wage and hour class actions and representative Private Attorneys General Act actions.
Roysdon has a strong commitment to serving the local community, including donating blood every two months through the San Diego Blood Bank. She is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and authors the California Labor & Employment Law Review’s wage and hour column. Roysdon received her J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law and B.A., cum laude, from the University of Southern California. She was named a Rising Star by San Diego Super Lawyers in 2019 and in 2021.
About Wilson Turner Kosmo
Wilson Turner Kosmo serves as California trial counsel for local and national companies and public institutions. The firm’s 45 lawyers provide litigation expertise in the areas of business litigation, class actions, employment law, product liability and warranty. Established in 1991, Wilson Turner Kosmo’s attorneys are frequently honored for their commitment to the legal profession and the San Diego community. The firm is one of the largest women‐owned law firms in California and is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms and The Supplier Clearinghouse for the Utility Supplier Diversity Program of the California Public Utilities Commission. For more information, visit www.wilsonturnerkosmo.com.