Jenifer L. Kienle


  • location icon Orange County, CA
    650 Town Center Drive
    Suite 1400
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Jenifer Kienle is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and chair of the OSHA Safety & Health Practice. She is an experienced trial attorney with expertise in defending national and California commercial enterprises in general liability claims including:

  • Industrial and construction catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims, suits, and OSHA appeals
  • Fast food and hospitality claims arising out of claimed dangerous conditions, inadequate security, defective playground equipment, and food borne illness
  • Personal injury and property damage litigation arising out of public works improvements and traffic control
  • Specialist in Cal OSHA appeals

During Jenifer's 20 years with Lewis Brisbois, she has focused on defending complex personal injury and wrongful death civil litigation claims that arise in a wide variety of industries including hospitality, restaurant, construction and industrial/manufacturing operations. She developed the Firm's OSHA Health & Safety Practice and provide investigation, consultation and appeal support to employers facing Cal-OSHA, Federal OSHA and whistleblower/retaliatory discharge complaints. Lewis Brisbois' OSHA team has been successful in getting OSHA complaints and enforcement actions quickly and positively resolved.


  • “Why Defending a Fender Bender Lawsuit When The Plaintiff Claims Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Requires a New Litigation Plan,” The Transportation Lawyer, July 2008, Volume 10, No. 1, pp. 49-50
  • “Industry Activism and New Legislation Shifts the Indemnity Burden Both Ways in Motor Carrier Contracts,” The Transportation Lawyer, April 2008, Volume 9, No. 5, Page 29/ DRI In Transit, Volume 1, Issue 11 February 5, 2008
  • California Western School of Law Environmental Reporter - “The Property Rights Movement: The Politics of the Environment,” 1995
  • California Western School of Law Commentary; Article Contributor 1995

Professional Presentations

  • Speaker, DRI Truckling Law Seminar Advanced Track “The Trials and Tribulations of Loading and Unloading,"  February 16, 2012
  • Presenter, Foodservice Risk Management Association Western Conference 2-15 – “Trends in OSHA Enforcement”
  • Panel Speaker, 40th Annual Transportation Law Institute, Washington, D.C. 2007
  • Presenter, ARC Comfort Systems Inc.’s 2007 National Safety Center Conference, San Antonio, Texas
  • Panel Speaker, Associated Builders and Contractors Education Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2007 - “OSHA Investigations and Appeals”
  • Presenter, ARC Comfort System, Inc.’s National Safety Conference, Colorado 2006 - “The Secret to Energy Efficient Litigation Management”
  • Presenter, ARC Comfort System, Inc.’s National Safety Conference, Tennessee 2005
  • Presenter, ARC Comfort System, Inc.’s National Safety Conference, Idaho 2002 - “Fighting OSHA Citations - The Foundation of a Successful Appeal”


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California




General Counsel – Food Industry Risk Management Association

Awards & Honors

  • Top Female Attorney in Southern California 2015
  • Nominated for the "Southern California Super Lawyers" list, annually published by Super Lawyers magazine (2014/2016)
  • Recipient of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s I.H. Prinzmetal Award for Law Review Note: “Contracting for Indemnity After Regan Roofing v. Superior Court: Missing the Insurance Nexus,” 1996


California Western Law School

Juris Doctor, 1996

Arizona State University

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1992

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